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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

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

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.

A New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2012
An NPR Outstanding “Backseat Read” for Ages 9-14
N
amed a best children’s book of 2012 by
Publishers Weekly
, The Horn Book, School Library Journal,
Kirkus
, and The Wall Street Journal.

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