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Knee-high Lies

By Dawn Ford


What happens when the lies you tell grow so high you can’t see the truth? To the outside world Avery Denton’s life looks happy, normal even. But it isn’t. Not even close. She believes nothing can make it worse. When her mother skips town with their banker, the small-town gossips focus on her. Jaxson Stewart, Avery’s neighbor and friend, has had a crush on her for years. She makes his heart race, which is dangerous for a boy with a heart condition. Unlike their community, he refuses to hold her mother’s actions against her. Avery’s summer heats up when Jaxson kisses her under a star lit sky. The rest of her life boils over, though, when Avery becomes the target of revenge, her alcoholic father’s anger escalates, and long-hidden family secrets come to light. Can Avery find strength in the truth? Or will she continue to struggle through knee-high lies?

Book Takeaway:

I wrote KHL for those who live dysfunctional lives to know they are not alone, and that there is hope found in small measure if we look for it.


Year Title Description
2016 ACFW Genesis Award - Fantasy genre Award for non-published novels

Why the author wrote this book:

I grew up in an alcoholic home, always desiring to live a 'normal' life. I began writing fantasy fiction because I love it, but was turned down many times by agents and editors. Their advice was always to write what I know. I knew dysfunction, and longing, and overcoming. So, I wrote Knee-high Lies.


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