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A New Book We Can Hardly Wait to Share: LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead

August 6, 2012

Three years ago we fell in love with Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me, booksellers loved it, and readers, reviewers, teachers and librarians loved it too. It went on to win the Newbery Medal, “awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States”. Many have called When You Reach Me “a new classic”.

You can imagine how many of us have been anticipating what would come next from Rebecca Stead, and we’re pleased to let you know that Liar & Spy will be in your bookstores and libraries tomorrow, August 7th! Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at this new treasure, sharing reviews from booksellers, and one young reader.

When Georges (named after the painter Georges Seurat) moves from his house to a new apartment, he meets Safer, a strange, Sherlockian boy, who inducts him into a spy club. Safer is obsessed with the upstairs neighbor, Mr. X, and convinces Georges that Mr. X is up to something sinister. But Georges already has his own problems. His father is trying to start new business after losing his job, his mother is never home, and two boys are bullying him at school. Safer’s spy activities are getting more and more serious, and they have Georges worried- can he stop spying and risk losing his only friend? Only the advice of his namesake- stepping back to look at the larger picture- will help Georges solve his problems.
A New York City setting, quirky yet believable characters, and true friendship make Liar & Spy a great read for those who have enjoyed Stead’s Newbery Award winner or RJ Palacio’s Wonder. Like When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy ends with a twist and a turn you won’t see coming; it’ll make you want to read it all over again. –Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop

I loved Liar and Spy and nearly cried when the book ended because I was going to miss the wonderful characters Stead created. –Caitlyn Baker, University Books

Rebecca Stead has done it again! Liar & Spy captures the growing pains of middle school perfectly while dealing with overcoming your fears, bullying and friendship. This book was absolutely fantastic and had me on the seat of my pants trying to figure out what would happen next. –Selena Henry, Women & Children First

I am a huge WHEN YOU REACH ME fan, and I’m delighted to say that LIAR & SPY does not disappoint. It’s wonderful. I want to crawl inside Rebecca Stead’s world and live there. – Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music

What a perfect little book… I love Bob English Who Draws. He deserves his own book! – Beth Wagner, Phoenix Books

…this book is one that you should really read if you are stuck in a hard friendship. I bet it would make you feel a lot better. And even if you aren’t, you should still read it. You will know why I want you to when you do! –Noah P., age 11, McNally Jackson ARC Reader

Stead is a master of weaving big thematic questions with ingenious everyday details –she tells this story about lies & games, rules & friendship through facts about maps of the tongue, seasonal candy, and invented spelling. I absolutely adore this book.” – Hannah Manshel, 57th Street Books

Thank you to our bookseller reviewers, and Noah P., for today’s lovely words about Liar & Spy, and thanks to all of you for joining us today on RAoR.

When you’re at the bookstore or library, if you haven’t read it yet check out Rebecca Stead’s first novel First Light too.

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 8:39 am

    I love Noah’s review! Kids know how to get to the heart of the matter.

  2. August 6, 2012 9:28 am

    Just ordered for my IPad tomorrow! I’m hearing good talk about this & can’t wait to read it. Thanks!

  3. August 6, 2012 12:03 pm

    I just finished reading Liar and Spy this morning. I think readers who loved When You Reach Me will really enjoy this. I know I did.

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