By Rebecca Stead
Wendy Lamb Books, 2012
Audience: Younger Teens, Children
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.
I really wanted to read this one when it first came out, but I ended up reading When You Reach Me first. I think that Liar & Spy was my favorite of the two. It reminded me of Harriet the Spy, one of my favorites. The setting, but not the story, of When You Reach Me also reminded me of Harriet the Spy’s New York, so I wonder if the author was influenced by that book. I liked the lighter tone and the quirky characters of Liar & Spy. This one had a twist, but it was a more realistic twist than her first book. I loved it. Even if you didn’t like When You Reach Me very much, try this one.