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“This fantastic successor to Stead's Newbery Medal-winning When You Reach Me is a subtle mystery with a quirky and vulnerable protagonist and loving but fallible adults. Stead is a master of weaving big thematic questions with ingenious everyday details. She tells this story about lies, games, rules, and friendship through facts about maps of the tongue, seasonal candy, and invented spelling. I absolutely adore this book!”
— Hannah Manshel, 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL
The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book "When You Reach Me" a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old 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: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzling "When You Reach Me," "Liar & Spy" will keep readers guessing until the end.
Praise for "Liar & Spy" "Guardian" Prize for Children's Fiction (UK)
Texas 2014-2015 Bluebonnet Master List
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A "New York Times "Bestseller
An Indie Bestseller
"Kirkus Reviews" starred review
"Publishers Weekly" starred review
"The Horn Book" starred review
"School Library Journal" starred review
"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" starred review
Autumn 2012 Kids Indie Next List
Nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013
"Kirkus Reviews" Best of Children's Books 2012 List
"Publishers Weekly" Best of Children's Fiction 2012
"School Library Journal" Best of Children's Fiction 2012 List
"The Horn Book"'s Best of 2012 List
Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012 for Kids List
Amazon's Best of the Year, Middle Grade (#3)
A" New York Times Book Review" Notable Children's Book of 2012
Holiday gift guides: "Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times"
NPR Outstanding Backseat Reads for Ages 9-14, NPR's Backseat Book Club
One of The Atlantic Wire's 25 favorite middle grade and young adult book covers of 2012
The "Wall Street Journal"'s Best Children's Books of 2012
The Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "2012 Blue Ribbons List
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