You can count on a person with a reputation for telling the truth. With others, you are just guessing.

The boy who cried alien

Marilyn Singer
Ej Sin

A boy known for telling lies announces that aliens have landed in Malarky Lake, and not surprisingly, no one believes him.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

B.G. Hennessy
J 398.2 Boy Who Cried Wolf Hen

A boy tending sheep on a lonely mountainside thinks it a fine joke to cry "wolf" and watch the people come running--and then one day a wolf is really there, but no one answers his call.

A Day’s Work

Eve Bunting
Ej Bu

When Francisco, a young Mexican American boy, tries to help his grandfather find work, he discovers that even though the old man cannot speak English, he has something even more valuable to teach Francisco.

The Empty Pot

J 398.2 Emp Dem

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

I repeat, don’t cheat!

Margery Cuyler
Ej Cuy

Jessica worries about the consequences of exposing a cheating friend.

Liar, liar, pants on fire

Diane De Groat
Ej De

Gilbert is nervous about portraying George Washington in front of the class, and he feels even worse when he cannot find his main prop.

Martha Blah Blah

Susan Meddaugh
Ej Me

When the current owner of the soup company breaks the founder's promise to have every letter of the alphabet in every can of soup, Martha, the talking dog, takes action.

Princess K.I.M. and the lie that grew

Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Ej Coc

After new girl Kim tells her classmates she is from a royal family, her lie grows and grows.

Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf

Judy Sierra
Ej Sie

When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends.

Too Many Tamales

Gary Soto
Ej So

Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get together, but panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.