Liar & Spy

Stead, Rebecca

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Liar & Spy
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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
ISBN: 038590665X
9780385906654
0385737432
9780385737432
0375899537
9780375899539
Branch Call Number: j STEAD 2012
Characteristics: 180 p. ;,22 cm

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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.

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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Oct 26, 2013
  • rosegold11 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

it sounds ok but wat is he trying to do

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
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 15, 2012
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 19, 2012
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Seventh grader Georges has lots to deal with--his Dad lost his job and they've sold their house, moving into an apartment, his Mom is working lots of overtime. He's being bullied at school and there's a kid who thinks he's a spy living in the apartment complex. Sooner or later, the lies are exposed for what they are and reality prevails. Hard to cope with, but part of life.

Aug 31, 2012
  • scl_kidsreads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another page-turner from Rebecca Stead! The twists and turns and mini-mysteries make it a fun and fast-paced read.

Aug 29, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A story that feels like nothing so much as Rear Window meets Harriet the Spy. Though opinions on it vary widely, in the end I think it's safe to call this a fun novel with a secret twist and a strong, good heart. Who could ask for anything more?

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Aug 12, 2014
  • yellow_ant_147 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

yellow_ant_147 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jul 14, 2014
  • safi12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 01, 2013
  • indigo_panda_135 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

indigo_panda_135 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Aug 29, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Aug 29, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 29, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

First Sentence: "There’s this totally false map of the human tongue.”

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