Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 180 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780375899539
Branch Call Number: j Stea


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Jun 28, 2016

Such a good book. Could not put it down. I really liked how Safer had such a complicated but cool family, like how their parents did not name them at birth.

Nov 30, 2015

This book had interesting twist and turns. The characters have interesting personalities. The characters have fun actions and ideas. Recommended for grades 5-6.

Jul 11, 2015

I liked Rebecca Stead's other book "When You Reach Me" but this book was a great book

Jul 06, 2015

I think that somebody faking making you assist him in entering a house isn't really a game... But it was a really good book.

Jun 12, 2015

Great Book!!!

Oct 26, 2013

it sounds ok but wat is he trying to do

debwalker Oct 25, 2013

First American winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Chair of judges Julia Eccleshare called the novel "an incredibly sensitive book. Its central characters are all children who have complexities in their lives which they are dealing with. It's a novel about how children have to navigate the world, and it has an open-handedness which means that readers may be surprised as to where it finishes."

Jan 05, 2013

This is a great book .Its about 2 boys who meet and start doing things with each other. They start spying on this man and do weird things .It is really cool and a funny at the end.I really love it .

Phoebe Laird !

Jan 03, 2013

If I could write engaging stories like Stead, I would never stop writing. I fell in love with this beautiful story from the first page and had a similar connection to When You Reach Me. I found Georges' naivete to be endearing. There is an element of surprise to this read and that is an additional gift to readers of Stead's works.

Cdnbookworm Dec 15, 2012

This is the second book I've read by the author, with the first being When You Reach Me (a homage to A Wrinkle in Time). Here we have Georges, a boy in the seventh grade, as the main character. Georges family is just moving from their house to an apartment, the result of a downturn in family finances after Georges father lost his job. The apartment is in the same neighbourhood, so Georges is able to keep going to the same school. At school he is not in the cool crowd, and doesn't really have any friends, and finds himself the target of bullies. His father worries about him and encourages him to find friends. When he does meet a boy his age in the apartment building, Georges is a little unsure of the friendship and proceeds cautiously. Safer asks Georges to do things that Georges isn't entirely comfortable doing, but he finds himself doing them anyway. But how far should he go outside his comfort zone to please his new friend? Safer is part of an interesting family and Georges enjoys his interactions with them, especially Safer's little sister Candy.
This is a book about friendship, uncertainty and belonging. Stead has a real knack for showing how we all have our own quirks and that is perfectly okay and normal.

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Jul 14, 2014

safi12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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Jul 06, 2015

Liar and Spy is about a 7-th grader named Georges who is chosen by Safer, the leader of the Spy Club, to spy on the mysterious Mr. X in the apartment above Georges's right after he moves in, as well as emotional struggles after Georges' mother catches a dangerous virus.


Don't call him Gorgeous. Georges has had to live with his uniquely spelled name all his life (gee THANKS, namesake Georges Seurat) and it's never been anything but a pain. You know what else is a pain? Moving from your awesome home where you had a loft made out of a real fire escape to an apartment with an unemployed dad and an absentee albeit loving mom. When Georges meets the similarly oddly named kid Safer in the new apartment building he becomes enmeshed in the boy's spy club. Is there someone up to no good in the complex? How far will the boys go to learn the truth? As things escalate and George finds himself facing fears he didn't even know he could have, he discovers that everything in his life boils down to this question: when it comes to his relationship with Safer, who really is the liar and who really is the spy?


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