Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

eBook - 2012
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The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me : a story about spies, games, and friendship.

The first day Georges (the S is silent) moves into a new Brooklyn apartment, he sees a sign taped to a door in the basement: SPY CLUB MEETING--TODAY!

That's how he meets his twelve-year-old neigh#65533;bor Safer. He and Georges quickly become allies--and fellow spies. Their assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer's requests become more and more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

"Will touch the hearts of kids and adults alike." --NPR

Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more!

Publisher: [New York] : Wendy Lamb Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780375899539
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Liar and spy

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RescueDog
Nov 29, 2017

Very creative. I loved the names. I really enjoyed the first half & not so much the second half. I wanted more of the intrigue.

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heidielise
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.

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pink_panther_225
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.

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parnoosh
Jul 11, 2015

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

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alexandercai
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.

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bhallrun
Jun 12, 2015

Great Book!!!

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rosegold11
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."

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phoebe_laird
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 !

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kesha1123
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.

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yellow_ant_147 Aug 12, 2014

yellow_ant_147 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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safi12
Jul 14, 2014

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

indigo_panda_135 Aug 01, 2013

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

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 29, 2012

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

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alexandercai
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.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 29, 2012

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 29, 2012

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

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