Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me, winner of the 2009 Newbery Award, has written another fun-loving book with a settle message. The many twists and turns at the end made the book even more intriguing. It is realistic fiction, as Georges has to deal with many things; his dad lost his job, his family must move to an apartment, he has to face making new friends as well as dealing with classmates that aren't always so nice, his mom has an issue (no giveaways here), and he must deal with a liar and spy. My graduate school book club read this for our elementary/middle school selection. I have passed it on for my public library middle school book club. It is a great one to use for book clubs, if you can keep everyone from reading ahead. The mystery will keep the kids guessing all the way through. The many twists at the end are surprising, and the lessons learned will spur on some great discussions.