Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
When Rebecca Stead gave us When You Reach Me a couple of years ago, I thought she’d reached her pinnacle. Who knew she had in her another great middle grade story? Liar & Spy is that story. Little did Georges (the “s” is silent) know, when he got involved in the Spy Club, what an experience it would be. He meets self-directedhome-schooled Safer, his sister, Candy, and brother Pigeon (all self-named) and spends serious amounts of his non-school time involved in stalking the notorious (according to Safer) Mr. X. Before long, though, Safer demands more and more of Georges’ time and bravery, and Georges feels Safer’s losing his grip on reality and taking him down, too. This is a wonderful book by a talented writer.
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC STEAD)
GR Level N, Grades 3 and up