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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
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Sep 09, 2012

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Is there a theme I love more than freaks and weirdos banding together? Stead is adept at creating a diverse set of characters with recognizable idiosyncrasies. (Like Bob English Who Draws. I knew that kid. Everyone knew that kid.) Stead inserts enough detail for a reader to understand a character, but not so much that we're bored. As an author, Stead likes to keep her audience guessing.

This is a story of both resilience and acceptance, of learning how to accept the things you can't change, and fight the things you can. This would be a great book for any kid who's a little bit different, who's struggling with maintaining their sense of self in the swamplands of adolescence.

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