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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead When seventh grader Georges (the s is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and 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? 

Liar & Spy is an inspired, often-funny story about destiny, goofy brilliance, and courage. Like Stead's Newbery Medal-winning When You Reach Me, it will keep readers guessing until the end.

Buy When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
 
HONORS
      • 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
      • Kirkus Reviews Best of Children’s Books 2012 List
      • The Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
      • The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
      • 2012 Blue Ribbons List
      • The Telegraph’s Top Children’s Books of 2012
      • An IndieNext Top Ten Children’s Book for Fall 2012
      • A Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012 for Kids
      • An Amazon Best of the Year
      • A Junior Library Guild Selection
      • An American Library Association Notable Book of 2012
      • An Agatha Award nominee (Best mystery for children/young adults)
REVIEWS

“Stead’s spare and elegant prose, compassionate insight into the lives of young people, wry sense of humor, deft plotting, and ability to present complex ideas in an accessible and intriguing way make this much more than a mystery with a twist.”
Starred Review, The Horn Book

“Chock-full of fascinating characters and intelligent questions, this is as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“[A] big-hearted, delightfully quirky tale…. Georges resolves his various issues in a way that’s both ingenious and organic to the story….Original and winning”
Starred Review, Kirkus

"Fresh and funny, this will speak to many children trying to find their own way."
Booklist

“Readers will sympathize with Georges and Safer as they negotiate various familiar obstacles, but it’s the celebration that will leave them exultant.”
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The ending twists readers’ entire perception of the events and creates a brilliant conclusion to an insightful novel.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal

“Rebecca Stead makes writing this well look easy. She is, of course, playing games.”
The Guardian