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Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

ISBN: 0385737432

Title: Liar & Spy

Author: Rebecca Stead

KDL Description:


“When 7th grader Georges (the “s” is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he is quickly recruited to be part of a spy club. The club’s sole purpose is to track the sinister activities of the mysterious neighbor, Mr. X, and the membership consists of a coffee-drinking 12-year-old named Safer and his kid sister, Candy. This book is touching and funny, exploring how far Georges will go for friendship and belonging, especially when his home and school life become hard to handle alone.”—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch

Amazon Description:

An instant New York Times bestseller, Liar & Spy is a story about games and friendship. Seventh-grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old 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? 

Like Stead’s dazzling Newbery-winner When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy will keep readers guessing until the end.
    A New York Times bestseller 

    A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2012
    Kirkus Reviews Best of Children’s Books 2012 List
 Publishers Weekly Best of Children’s Fiction 2012
    School Library Journal Best of Children’s Fiction 2012 List
 The Horn Book’s Best of 2012 List
    The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2012 Blue Ribbons List
 Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012 for Kids List  
    NPR Outstanding “Backseat” Reads for Ages 9-14, NPR’s Backseat Book Club
    Amazon’s Top 5 “Best of the Year” (Middle Grade Books)
    The Wall Street Journal’s Best Children’s Books of 2012
 The Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
   * A Junior Library Guild Selection