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10 thoughts on “Liar & Spy

  1. says:

    This was such a treat, and I m grateful to Random House for sending me a review copy I liked this one better than When You Reach Me I found it easier to follow and entertaining The message in this story is subtle, and it s just as valuable for grown ups as it is for youngsters What Georges learns is that sometimes when people lie and misrepresent themselves, they do it out of fear and shame, not because they are bad people And sometimes we lie to ourselves for the same reasons The truth is just too scary or painful If we let the truth come out, we just might find that people want to help us, not reject us Even if you care nothing at all about the message, the story is just plain fun to read The plot is fairly basic Rebecca Stead makes it fun, and funny, by including all the strange character traits and habits that make people memorable Georges has moved from a house he loves into an apartment he s not too thrilled about He mee...


  2. says:

    I have many librarian friends who raved endlessly about When You Reach Me, and then found Liar and Spy kind of a let down afterwards It was with this in mind that I decided I should read Liar and Spy first, to give it a chance NOT to disappoint me.Boy, was I ever NOT disappointed.In fact, I love this book with all my admittedly shrivelled heart If When You Reach Me really is that much better well, maybe I shouldn t read it Maybe it would make me give up writing in despair.A little caveat first this book is very quiet and small Very quiet Very small If you re not into quiet books, you can say to yourself, Well, at least it s small You can read it in an afternoon, even if you are an abysmally slow reader like myself.Here s where it s awesome theme Everything fits and interweaves and interplays so beautifully It s like a Bach fugue a really quiet one ...


  3. says:

    Oh, how I d have loved this one at ages 9 and 10, and if my life had been slightly different at 11, 12, and 13 too, and even then I still would have loved it, as I do now I didn t like it as much as When You Reach Me, but since that made both my favorites and favorite time travel books shelves, that isn t surprising 4 starsI almost gave it only 4 stars I found one thing at the end great, though not surprising, but one other thing I found anti climactic and, for me, almost boring, definitely disappointing That goes for me now, and me from 11 on I don t think most readers will feel disappointed though Sorry to be so cryptic but saying anything would be a spoiler In most ways I think this is a brilliant children s novel This author has a remarkable talent for creating fascinating characters and engaging situations, and she is a wonderful storyteller.I love the quirky characters, how NYC is made to feel like a small town, how big personal issues are put out there, and how readers intelligence is not at all insulted I adore the humor Sir Ott and Candy s candies and so much and I...


  4. says:

    Rebecca Stead s books are like an onion as the layers are peeled away and the characters reveal their secrets, the reader is left with a shiny nugget of essential truth In this case, the truth is that pretending only keeps sadness at bay for so long Seventh grader Georges is pretending that it s okay that his dad got laid off and his family had to sell their house and move to an apartment in Brooklyn He s pretending that the school bullies that make fun of his name aren t really hurting his feelings But most of all, he s pretending that he doesn t miss his mom at least, not that much who must work extra nursing shifts at the hospital to make up for his dad losing his job But Georges is not the only one pretending Safer, his new neighbor, is a homeschooled amateur spy who is also doing some heavy duty pretending The unusual friendship they forge, steeped in secrecy and sweetened by Safer s hilarious little sister Candy, will force both boys to stop pretending and face the truth about their hopes and fears Wild parrots, Scrabble tiles and Giant Swee Tarts are just a few of the little details that season Stead s story and make this read s...


  5. says:

    Why wasn t this author around when I was a kid Goodness some people get all the luck Review later.


  6. says:

    No spoilers here, but fans of WHEN YOU REACH ME will appreciate the references Stead makes within the story that can lead to conversations outside of the text to include art, popular culture, and the joy of the time honored classic Scrabble Extensive conversations about taste buds invite a cross content area reading and research opportunity.With WHEN YOU REACH ME, Rebecca Stead is stead ily becoming the M Nigh...


  7. says:

    Rebecca Stead s Liar Spy proves a very different book than her famous Newbery Award winning When You Reach Me, but it is, in some ways, even engrossing, with its own twists and turns Georges our hero is named after the pointillist Georges Seurat finds his word turned upside down With his father s loss of his job, the family sell their house in Brooklyn and move into a nearby apartment Mom Sara, a nurse, has to take double shifts to make ends meet, while dad Martin tries to launch his own business Georges old friend Jason has moved on to cooler friends, including bullies Dallas Llewellyn and Carter Dixon Georges life seems one unhappy mess.Until he meets Safer, an odd, homeschooled boy who lives in the same apartment house Safer and his sister Candy spend their time spying on their neighbors, especially the eterna...


  8. says:

    The theme I took away from this book is the difference between seeing the little dots and seeing the big picture It was very cleverly explored in lots of ways Georges Seurat s painting, how to deal with bullies, differences in the perspectives of Georges and Safer, an almost out of nowhere plot twist, and finally the dots on the hands which is only a cryptic spoiler Rebecca Stead again writes with heart, curiosity, and intelligence For me, this book lacked the wow factor of When You Reach Me, but it was still a great read I had a s...


  9. says:

    A short book about the concept of one s own power to change your circumstances, but portrayed through realistic fiction to a much subtler extent I think I would have enjoyed this if I were in middle school.


  10. says:

    After reading When You Reach Me, this was underwhelming While the writing was interesting, I felt like it was trying to hard to be like WYRM using those conventions without a true commitment Every character seemed on the verge of being interesting, but none were given enough to make them really stand out I guess the reader was supposed to be living under the same pretense that Georges was about his mother, but it s hard to do that when there is no real relationship between the two Scrabble tiles aside, I didn t miss her So, when the end comes, and we find out where she s beenit really doesn t matter Similarly, I didn t get any great connection between Georges and his father or the burgeoning relationship between him and Safer Everything seemed a little hesitant The best and truest character moments were Georges knock knock joke through the intercom and the description of the ...


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Liar & Spy Georges The S Is Silent Has A Lot Going On He S Having Trouble With Some Boys At School, His Dad Lost His Job And So His Mum Has Started Working All The Time And They Had To Sell Their House And Move Into An Apartment.But Moving Into The Apartment Block Does Bring One Good Thing Safer, An Unusual Boy Who Lives On The Top Floor He Runs A Spy Club, And Is Determined To Teach Georges Everything He Knows Their Current Case Is To Spy On The Mysterious Mr X In The Apartment Above Georges.But As Georges And Safer Go Deeper Into Their Mr X Plan, The Line Between Games, Lies, And Reality Begin To Blur.