Summer Book Review

Liar & Spy

By Rebecca Stead

July 15, 2012

Genre: Realistic fiction

Number of pages: 192

What’s the basic story line?

Seventh grader Georges (the s is silent) has just moved to a Brooklyn apartment when he meets Safer, an eccentric boy who calls himself a spy. Before long, Georges and Safer become good friends. One day, Safer tells Georges about Mr. X, a mysterious neighbor who wears black clothes every single day and always carries at least one heavy suitcase. With help from Safer’s sister, Candy, Georges and Safer try to solve the mystery of Mr. X. Along the way, there are surprises at every turn.

Kid Reporter
Audrey Grace Hill


Are the characters believable?

Georges is very believable. He is going through issues at home and getting bullied at school, which many readers may be able to relate to. Safer is very eccentric and strange, but the author describes this character and his background in a way that makes you think you could know someone like this. 

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would give this book an 8. The more the story develops, the more intriguing it gets. I liked the mystery aspect of the book, and I could relate to Georges. The twist at the end really made this book great.

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