A fun book that I finished reading recently is Liar and Spy (2012), by Rebecca Stead. I won an advance copy in an online contest (I never win things), and then put it away and forgot about it. When I discovered it while packing during our move last summer, I read it with great enjoyment and anticipation of what would happen next. Although it is for and about middle grade kids, their challenges, and their triumphs, I found insights into what is important in life no matter what your age, and didn’t see the ending coming.
Lucinda Rosenfeld had this to say in The New York Times: Unlike her Newbery Medal-winning novel, “When You Reach Me,” in which time travel is the subtext to all the interwoven story lines, Rebecca Stead’s new book, “Liar & Spy,” is firmly grounded in the here and now. What the two do share is a mood of shimmery unrest. Part coming-of-age tale, part mystery, “Liar & Spy” takes place in contemporary Brooklyn and revolves around a seventh-grade loner and misfit named Georges…Stead handily succeeds in keeping all the mysteries going to the bitter end. And in each case, this non-young adult was genuinely surprised by the outcomes.”
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Stead’s work.