Honestly, Mallory!

From the Series Mallory

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Everyone seems to know what they want to be for Career Day at school—that is, everyone except Mallory. She can’t seem to find anything she’s good at. When she finally decides to be a fashion designer, some of her classmates laugh at her. And then, before she can stop it, out pops a lie—Mallory tells everyone that she’s won the Fashion Fran fashion design contest. Mallory’s lie grows and grows until she must face the truth and make amends with her class, friends, teachers, and parents.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2007
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2008-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV014000, JUV045000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.375 x 7.3125
Lexile 680
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 115638
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.

Illustrator: Barbara Pollak

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!


Meet Mallory McDonald, a spunky, energetic young girl whose comical exploits and joke-telling will hit the mark with early chapter book readers. Check out Mallory’s website at www.mallorymcdonald.com. Kids can meet Mallory’s creator (author Laurie Friedman), find out fun… View available downloads →


  • Land of Enchantment Book Award Readling List Selection, Long-listed, 2007
  • Whistling Duck Award Short List, Short-listed, 2007


The Horn Book Guide

“In this eighth book about the endearingly flawed third grader, the story’s messages about honesty and individuality don’t feel forced.”
The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Mallory’s friends take a backseat in this episode, as she faces the internal turmoil that comes with knowing you’ve done something wrong, and young readers will empathize with her. . . Recommend this book to fans of Amber Brown, Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and the other Mallory stories.”
School Library Journal