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Liar & Spy (edition 2012)

by Rebecca Stead

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Title:Liar & Spy
Authors:Rebecca Stead
Info:Wendy Lamb Books (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 192 pages
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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

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I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much as Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, although the difference is mostly that When You Reach Me described my world in the early eighties as well as any book I've read and this book was set in contemporary Brooklyn. But like When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy is about a young teenager who is relatively independent in navigating New York City and, in this case, a relative loner with few friends at school. He joins a "Spy Club" in his building with a home schooled boy named Safer and starts chasing a mysterious Mr. X who appears to be removing large suitcases from his apartment. The spying deepens as do the demands Safer places on him and the inconsistencies in his story--until what we are left with is an interesting story about friendship, fantasy play, lying, fear of the unknown, and a number of other themes that apply beyond the age group the book is written for. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
A good read for 5th or 6th graders. Georges tries to grapple with his new home, sick mother, and interesting tenants he encounters in his new apartment building.
  amjuch | Jun 6, 2014 |
Great plot twist at the end. Love the protagonist and his plan to upstage the bullies. ( )
  kimpiddington | May 29, 2014 |
RGG: In the vein of Wonder, although less traumatic, a sweet middle-grade boy deals with adolescence, bullying, and family issues through befriending a boy with issues of his own. Well-written. Reading Level: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | May 27, 2014 |
RGG: In the vein of Wonder, although less traumatic, a sweet middle-grade boy deals with adolescence, bullying, and family issues through befriending a boy with issues of his own. Well-written. Reading Level: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | May 27, 2014 |
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Summary from the Kindle edition: Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
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An instant New York Times bestseller, Liar & Spy is a story about games and friendship. Seventh-grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: How far is too far to go for your only friend? 

Like Stead's dazzling Newbery-winner When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy will keep readers guessing until the end.
  
   * A New York Times bestseller 
   * A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2012
   * Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012 List
   * Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Fiction 2012
   * School Library Journal Best of Children's Fiction 2012 List
   * The Horn Book's Best of 2012 List
   * The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2012 Blue Ribbons List
   * Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012 for Kids List  
   * NPR Outstanding "Backseat" Reads for Ages 9-14, NPR's Backseat Book Club
   * Amazon's Top 5 "Best of the Year" (Middle Grade Books)
   * The Wall Street Journal's Best Children's Books of 2012
   * The Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
   * A Junior Library Guild Selection

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Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.… (more)

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