Georges (the s is silent) has a lot going on. He's having trouble with some boys at school, his dad lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time - and they have to sell their house and move into an apartment. But moving into the apartment block does bring one good thing - Safer, an unusual boy who lives on the top floor. He runs a spy club, and is determined to teach Georges everything he knows. Their current case is to spy on the mysterious Mr X in the apartment above Georges.But as Georges and Safer go deeper into their Mr X plan, the line between games, lies, and reality begin to blur.
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Liar & Spy is like a stand-alone twenty-first century and urban version of The Secret Seven but written in a stylised John Greenish voice for tweens with the warm depth of David Almond or Patrick Ness. - We Sat Down
A joy to read. - Independent, Best Books of the Year 2012
Rebecca Stead makes writing this well look easy. - Guardian
A skilful tale . . . Despite its light touch, it contains important themes about the truths we tell ourselves. - Sunday Times
The boys learn from their friendship with each other, and Stead’s readers will grow from knowing them, too. - Independent on Sunday, Best Books of the Year
Exactly what I would have wanted to read in my early teens. It feels sophisticated and clever and knowing without being too grown-up and dark. - Observer
Part coming-of-age tale, part mystery . . . a charmingly told story that has a message of hope and endurance. - Telegraph
A wonderfully imaginative story, set in New York, dealing with the games we play, especially with words, their truths and their fictions. - Irish Times, Children's Books of the Year
This is a richly rewarding book that will entertain and surprise, and deserves to be read many, many times. - Books for Keeps 'Book of the Week'
Chock-full of fascinating characters . . . this is as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come. - Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
Stead is a first class storyteller. - Glasgow Herald
Subtle and emotionally convincing without any sentimentality and with prose that is a pleasure to read, I can see this book being a prize winner, too. - Reading Zone
Rebecca Stead has written a wonderfully warm story…I just loved it! - Bookwitch
A fun novel with a secret twist and a strong, good heart . . . Stead’s writing is stellar. - School Library Journal, 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012
Beautifully written - The Gazette (Blackpool)
Great characters and plot – an excellent story for confident readers. - Creative Steps
Rebecca Stead grew up in New York City. Rebecca was a lawyer and wrote books for adults. Her previous book for children When You Reach Me won the Newbery Award, and Liar & Spy won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.