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The Trouble with Liberty (Orca Soundings (Pb)) Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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Grade 7-10-While watching her brother in a calf-roping event, 15-year-old Val meets a wealthy and beautiful teen who is new in town. Liberty is every girl's nightmare and every boy's dream. However, when she accuses a popular teacher of attempted rape, she exposes herself to be a liar and a masterful manipulator. Val narrates this well-written, fast-paced novella that will hook readers. Even though it is geared toward reluctant readers, many teens will be able to relate to the situations.
Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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"A well-written novel with believable characters and colourful expressions." (Resource Links 2004-01-01)

"[A] well-written, fast-paced novella that will hook readers. Even though it is geared toward reluctant readers, many teens will be able to relate to the situations." (School Library Journal 2003-07-01)

"Butcher accurately captures the gossipy social milieu of a school and a small community...Recommended." (Canadian Book Review Annual 2004-01-01)

"Everyone who has gone to high school has met a manipulator like Liberty...This book was an absolute page-turner...Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2003-04-25) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Orca Soundings (Pb)
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756943450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756943455
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,791,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cabin Girl, a new book from Orca this spring makes me eligible for a 21-book salute. Look for Alibi -- also from Orca in the fall of 2014, and then in the spring of 2015, get ready for the sequel to Truths I Learned from Sam. This one is called In Search of Sam. If you haven't read Truths yet, you still have time.

Though I was a teacher for almost twenty years, I have been a writer forever. And as long as readers keep buying my books, I shall continue to write. Hey, I may even continue to eat!

For more information about me and my books, check out my website: http://www.kristinbutcher.com

Happy reading!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Meet Liberty Hayes, and no, she doesn't give anyone any ground, whether at a rodeo, at school, or anywhere else. Liberty has just moved to Sutter's Crossing, and happily takes up Val's invitation to introduce her to other kids (including Val's cute brother, Cody) in her Grade Ten class during the last week before school. Good looks, family wealth, and incredible personal magnetism - Liberty seems to have it all, and in no time, she's gone from nervous newcomer to the girl who is "in the middle of it all." Of course, in no time, Liberty has a boyfriend, too: Cody McQueen. The only person who doesn't want to be part of Liberty's charmed circle is Val's friend, Ryan. Ryan's coolness to Liberty bothers Val, especially because he won't open up to just why he feels the way he does.

Liberty is not an academic star; showing off hot new clothes, trolling for parties, and checking out hot guys are school's main attractions. The only subject that really interests her is band, taught by Mr. Henderson, "a total hunk." Used to getting what she wants from every man she meets, from her father to the entire male population of Clarence Cobb Regional Secondary, it doesn't take long for Liberty to act on her attraction to Mr. Henderson. She becomes every teacher's nightmare: the student who lodges a false accusation of sexual misconduct. As the story unfolds, it is Ryan who knows the truth behind Liberty's false accusation of rape and Val who confronts Liberty with it.
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A Kid's Review on December 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the book "The Trouble with Liberty" by Kristin Butcher, A girl named Val, starts describing her hometown, Sutter's Crossing in Canada. Throughout saying her hobbies, she winds up meeting a girl name Liberty Hanes. They become great friends and hang out the whole summer. Liberty Hayes is the talk of the town. She has plenty of money and everyone wants to be her friend in the new school she attends. When Liberty accuses a male teacher of sexually assaulting her, the rumors start. Val, her new best friend, is torn between believing Liberty and trusting her old friend Ryan when it comes to the truth. Everyone wonders what is the trouble with Liberty?

I really didn't like the book when I started reading it. The book didn't catch my attention. As I read on, Val starts describing how she met with a new character and the feeling switched to the book turning out interesting. In the end, I like the book because of its captivating details. It specifically described every incident that happened, to Liberty's encounter with the children at school, even with Val's dinner conversations at home with her family. I think that there was a turning point in the story when Val at the end, confronts Liberty with her lies and her manipulating ways. Liberty then deals with internal problems. She starts realizing that every lie would come out to light so she hurries out of town. The trouble with Liberty is herself. She doesn't have a way in life. She always wants her way- at any cost. If you read this book, you would see how your feelings for Liberty could change from good to shame.

-Ilyana
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Val McQueen meets a girl named Liberty Hayes at a rodeo. They become the best of friends and Liberty even ends up dating Cody, Val's brother. When school starts up and Val tries to introduce her old friend Ryan to Liberty both of them act quite standoffish. A few days later Liberty stays after in band to get an instrument fixed. She ends up accusing their teacher of trying to rape her. Val has to decide whose side she's on when Ryan tells her something startling about Liberty. Did Liberty make it all up to win her fathers affection? Is Liberty even who she says she is?

This was a very quick read, with necessarily developed characters. I'm sure we all know people like Liberty who just want to make sure they are the center of whatever universe they inhabit. I recommend picking this up if your library has it. It may not be quite good enough to buy however, especially since it's so short. It was a good read, with good writing and a good quick storyline. That's all I have to say on the matter.

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"But - except for some strategically placed embroidered flowers - it was totally sheer."
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A Kid's Review on January 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the novel "The Trouble With Liberty" by Kristin Butcher, this book is about a girl named liberty hanes. she meets a girl named val they became best friends they hanged out the hole summer. liberty is the kinda of girl who has nice cloths alots of money alwasy looking pretty evey person wants to be her friend in school becuase they think she is the coolest person in the school.

liberty then deals with internal problems she starts realizing that eveytime she lies peopl would always find out the true about it. The trouble with libert is herself she always want it her way she think she is better then anyone and perfect then anyone. by asrar
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A Kid's Review on January 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the novel "The Trouble With Liberty" by Kristin Butcher, this book is about a girl named liberty hanes. she meets a girl named val they became best friends they hanged out the hole summer. liberty is the kinda of girl who has nice cloths alots of money alwasy looking pretty evey person wants to be her friend in school becuase they think she is the coolest person in the school.

liberty then deals with internal problems she starts realizing that eveytime she lies peopl would always find out the true about it. The trouble with libert is herself she always want it her way she think she is better then anyone and perfect then anyone. by asrar
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