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By Julia Cook. Illustrated by Kyle Merriman. A simple misunderstanding about a couch in the girls’ bathroom at school starts a "rumor marble" on a chain reaction that can’t be undone in this entertaining but cautionary tale. Young readers learn that preventing a rumor from starting is much easier than trying to stop one. The underlying messages focus on the importance of not initiating or spreading rumors, the value of sticking to the truth, and the ways that lies, gossip, and deception can hurt others. Includes helpful tips for parents and educators about teaching children to cope and react effectively to rumors. Grades K–6. Boys Town Press. 31 pages. ©2018.