Which is to believ, she won a Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me and now comes her next book Liar& Spy. Like all beloved authors who do n't mak up their hits with sequels, Ms. Stead is contending with some critics who expected more science fiction.
Rather, what they 're getting is a jolt of realistic fiction housed in a tal that feels like nothing so much as Rear Window meets Harriet the Spy. Though opinions on it vary widely, in the nd I think it 's safe to call this a fun novel with a secret twist and a strong, good heart.
When Georges meets the similarly oddly named kid Safer in the new apartment building he becomes enmeshed in the boy 's spy club.
As things escalate and George finds himself facing fears he did n't ven now he could have, he iscovers that everything in his life boils down to question: when it omes to his relationship with Safer, who actuall is the liar and who really is the spy? If a book has a twist to its ending but you do n't tell that a twist will be coming in the irst place, is it a spoiler to mention the fact in a review?
As an adult reader of a children 's book text I did pick up on the fact that throughout the book adults kept looking at Georges in a concerned way.
But the sticking point that comes up the most when people discuss this book is the act that Georges is a gir.
In the book Georges has a science class where a taste-related test will determine whether or not he 's an outcast for good.
I love it when kids speculate about weird things in books, so Georges' thoughts about his dad as a boy are just great, especiall when he write, " I wonder whether Dad and I should have been friends, or if he shoul have been friends with Dallas Llewellyn, or Carter Dixon, or what.
It 's ind of a bummer to think your own dad might have been someone who called you Gorgeous. " Sometime I was very fond of the characters in his essay.
Regardless, he ook has engendered a lot of discussion and undoubtedly folks will continue to talk about it and debate it for decade to come.