Lily Lattuga finally feels settled after moving to a new town and starting at a new school. She loves living on Pine Lake, where the frogs are plentiful, and she loves her best friend, Darby, who is funny and weird and lives right across the water. They even have their own club, the Rizzlerunks, with an invisible clubhouse and a solemn pledge of loyalty and honesty. Their fourth-grade class has just adopted four white rats, and Lily can’t wait for her turn to take one home for the weekend.
But then things start going sideways. There’s a new classmate who is a liar and a bully. Darby has been acting strangely and seems to have caught the lying bug, too, and she gets Lily into trouble at school! And when something bad happens to one of the class rats on her watch, Lily finds herself caught in a lie with no clear way out. What’s a Rizzlerunk to do?
In her second novel, Leslie Patricelli shows how a little lie can snowball into a huge issue that wipes out every good feeling and hurts others. Humorous, heartfelt, and full of illustrations that bring Lily’s voice to life, this book explores important truths about friendship, honesty, and doing the right thing.