When a little white lie leads to a huge dose of trouble…
Cole is the odd one out at school: the other kids have the latest gadgets and trainers while his family struggles to make ends meet.
Until the day one of his paintings is talent-spotted and sells for thousands of pounds at a posh London gallery.
Suddenly, Cole is the toast of the international art world, the star guest on TV shows, rich beyond his wildest dreams, hailed as a boy genius!
Being famous is FANTASTIC…
but Cole has a guilty secret that if exposed will bring everything crashing down around him..
Cover illustration by Mike Lowery
There’s something about knowing you’re about to step onto an emotional rollercoaster secure in the knowledge that you’re totally safe and will step off with your heart lifted and the world feeling like a slightly kinder place that makes reading Lisa Thompson’s books something very special.
The Boy Who Fooled The World does just that. It’s a full on emotional rollercoaster that asks many questions; truth or lies? love or money? a quick win at any cost? Family, friendship and a barefaced lie are woven together to create a captivating story that catapults your emotions from hope to despair and back again.
The financial vulnerability of Cole’s family is painful to read, mainly because it is reality for far too many families in our country, but the love outshines the threadbare carpets and outworn clothes. In stark contrast, is the emotional poverty felt when visiting Mason’s home, which is just as heartwrenching.
Highlighting child poverty, both financial and emotional, Lisa makes it easy to understand how two boys with very different home lives could wish for what the other has. Add in the girl that no-one really sees, and you have a group of children who bring out the best in each other, and make a brilliant team.
What is clear is that regardless of circumstances, being true to yourself and your values will bring far more happiness than chasing a dream.
You might want to keep some tissues handy…