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?

Liar and Spy is quite a light read, and a very fun and interesting story. When Georges’s family moves into a new apartment, he accidentally joins the “spy club” and its one other member (Safer) becomes the his only friend.

Safer has a mission plan, to break into the apartment of “Mr. X”, whom he believes is a mysterious and shady character, not to be trusted. Hence Safer’s plan to ‘investigate’.

The book follows Georges school day (where he faces a bullying problem until “Bob English Who Draws”-his one alliance at school-comes up with a plan) and each day as soon as he arrives back home, Safer calls and the spy club meetings commence.

I think this is a book for slightly younger readers (7-12 years old) but I still enjoyed the story and felt that it had a powerful message: you are never alone. I recommend it as a less challenging but still engaging text.

Until next post!



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