Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead has done it again. She’s created a novel that wonderfully surprises us. Sort of like The Sixth SenseI found myself looking back through the novel looking for those red markers.

I won’t give it away. What you need to know is that the characters are complex and real, and the story is intricate and good. Georges tells us about his life: moving from a great house to an apartment, school where he’s the only one who really eats the lunches while his former best friend defected to the cool, bagel-only table, and a new friend named Safer, captain of the Spy Club, gives him all kinds of crazy missions. It’s a story of friendship, of overcoming fear and of learning how to cope with problematic people.

Liar & Spy is engaging, both fun and serious, and a definite must-read.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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5 Responses to Liar & Spy

  1. theroommom says:

    Love When You Reach Me by Stead! Can’t wait to read this one. Finished Three Times Lucky today by Turnage– great use of language.

  2. theroommom says:

    She uses a small town dialect, and the figurative language is hilarious (in my opinion).

  3. theroommom says:

    Today, I received “The Lovely Blog Award,” and I have the opportunity to pass it on. I am nominating you for the award too. I love having a new source for book recommendations. Thank you! Here are the rules if you choose to accept:

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