Laura Foakes was born in a South Wales mining village, and started writing stories at the age of seven. Her first success was a documentary drama story of Sir Francis Chichester's solo circumnavigation of the globe in his yacht, the Gypsy Moth IV, written when she was eight years old. At such a young age with her original ideas, Laura quickly decided her dream was to be a writer, later in life winning top prize for the South Wales Short Story Competition with her entry, 'The Countess and the Mole Man'.
Passionate about literature, Laura took inspiration for The Liars' and Fibbers' Academy from her own childhood. Embracing her younger self, and the level of creativity that comes with the younger imagination, she teaches that sometimes, it's OK to have fun.
The Liars' and Fibbers' Academy by Laura Foakes - A review by the Guardian
‘The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy is the perfect mix of quirkiness, ridiculousness and inventiveness’
Danny is a seemingly ordinary child. Until he claims his sister has been reincarnated as a dog. Sent off to the Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy by his parents, unbeknownst to them once there he will just learn to tell lies even more convincingly! He’s befriended by all sorts of weird and wonderful people, including a mermaid named Derek and Inigus Jowly, the caretaker, as he sets out to learn the truth – and some life lessons – along the way.
With vivid characters that jump off the page and told in a uniquely humorous style, The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy is the perfect mix of quirkiness, ridiculousness and inventiveness while retaining a sombre note as secrets are revealed. It’s an important story about finding friendship in the most unlikeliest of places – and learning that they’ve always got your back.
Perfect for anyone who’s a fan of Roald Dahl or David Walliams, The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy is definitely a book to watch.