Liar and 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?

This book has a bunch of lessons to it. Even if you don’t care about the lessons, this book is just plain fun to read. Rebecca Stead wrote one of my five star books, When You Reach Me, and that makes her awesome to me from the very beginning. 

The lesson of the story was subtle, but still important. It’s that sometimes people do somethings not because they’re bad people, but because they’re scared. Because sometimes fear and shame gets the best of us. And sometimes we lie to ourselves because we’re afraid, because we love people. We believe in them. But sometimes, when we tell the truth, we find the people who want to help us and not reject us. 

Like in When You Reach Me, this story has a bunch of strong characters and a great, understandable plot line. Some of the details are complicated, but in a good way. 4.3 stars. Really good story, but I didn’t like it as much as When You Reach Me. 

pg count for the hardback: 180


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