- I read Rebecca Stead’s, When You Reach Me and loved it.
Summary from GoodReads:
When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and 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?
I was already a fan of Rebecca Stead after her beautiful book, When You Reach Me. So when I saw Liar & Spy was coming out, I knew it would be something special.
My assumption was not wrong.
This little book reminded me of playing pretend, of dealing with bullies, of forging new friendships and dealing with change. With a quiet, leading voice, Rebecca takes her main character Georges (the S is silent) and leads the reader through a story filled with such small ups and downs that the ride seems like it’s going nowhere until the destination hits you and realization dawns. I don’t know how else to describe this journey.
Filled with surprises, revelations, and most of all, lessons about the importance of community and fellowship with other people – which includes the openness of mind to accept them, this is a middle-grade novel that, I suspect, will be knocking on the door of another award.
If you have middle-graders or contact to middle-graders, please recommend this book. It has such a story to tell and lessons to teach – but manages to be understanding and not preachy about those lessons. Most of all – it’s fun. I mean, what kid doesn’t imagine being in a spy club of sorts?
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- The publisher provided this review copy via NetGalley.
- Published by: Random House Children’s Books
- Release Date: 8/7/2012