The Skull of Truth

Written by Bruce Coville
Illustrated by Gary A. Lippincott

Reviewed by Patrick L. (age 10)

"You liar, you cheater, you sleezy wart," Charlie Eggleston is running for his life from a bully for saying the truth about his dad. He ends up in an old Magic Supply Store and takes a skull. Of all his life of lies he had never stolen anything. He thinks about what he will do with it. Then he realizes that in his hands is a real human skull. He learns a few lessons with this skull and his life is changed.

I found Charlie interesting yet bad. I think this because though he lies a lot, he is interested in thing such as magic and nature that might be disgusting to other people. I think Charlie was changed by the skull to respect the truth. This book is unique because it is exciting, humorous, and frightening at the same time.

I recommend this book because it is very thrilling. All readers from about age 9 to about age 12 would like this book. Readers might be interested in this book by how people can change from liars to very nice and intelligent people.

Patrick L. is a student in Mrs. Pike's 4th Grade Class
2001-2002