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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
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Sep 27, 12

Read in September, 2012

After having read Rebecca Stead's earlier award-winning book, When You Reach Me, I read this book "waiting for the other shoe to drop." I was not disappointed. With the recent loss of his father's job, Georges's family has just moved into an apartment building from the house they had owned. Trying to adjust to this change, Georges meets an unusual boy, Safer, who leads a Spy Club in the building, and who teaches him all the ins and outs of spying on people, especially Mr. X, the man who lives above Georges whom Safer believes is involved in some evil activity. But Georges is not too sure about Safer's plans, especially when they involve searching Mr. X's apartment.

Georges also has other concerns in his life besides helping Safer. With his mom always at the hospital, Georges communicates with her through Scrabble messages left on the desk. How can he let his parents know about the bullying he is experiencing at school? Does he tell them? He constantly reminds himself of his mother's words in the past, "Just look at the big picture - how all of the little things don't matter in the long run," but when he's honest with himself he knows that they matter now, and somehow he has to put a stop to it before the big taste test in science class which has escalated the bullying to new levels.

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