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By: JJ Somers

The Lie

Pages: 152 Ratings: 5.0
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Follow the journey of four young students in their final year of Primary School as they confront the consequences of a small lie told by one of them that grows even bigger.

They explore relationship issues that emerge from the lie and become immersed in a community project. On their journey they learn to confront and deal with bullying and harassment.

Read on to understand why they became heroes in their local community.


JJ Somers is an Australian retired school teacher and principal who originally trained as a primary school teacher but completed degrees in arts and education whilst teaching at secondary level. His career then went full circle when he became principal of two primary schools. Somers also worked extensively in the private sector in a training and project management role.

Following retirement from full time work, Somers has worked in the vocational training sector as a trainer and instructional designer. He also delivers courses in financial literacy for The Smith Family to students about to leave secondary school. Somers is a passionate member of his local Rotary Club and is responsible for youth affairs. He also devotes time as a board member of his local golf club and Bendigo Community Bank.

The Lie is Somers first foray into children’s literature.

Customer Reviews
3 reviews
3 reviews
  • Jodie

    I found this book to have several levels of lessons for primary school students, one being honesty is always the best policy, another being what true friendships are and also how we as humans can overcome many challenges to achieve great results. Well done

  • Jenny

    The clarity of the language used in this book makes it very accessible for young readers and the situations the protagonists find themselves in are also very relatable for primary school aged children. On a deeper level, the book delivers a meaningful message on common relationship issues and building community mindedness in young people. A good read.

  • Kaye

    An excellent book for primary school students outlining the understanding of bullying and giving back to help others. The author has captured several elements of overcoming adversity in young adults of today. A very inspiring story.

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