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Liar and Spy

Liar and Spy [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Stead
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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"It shows just how thoughtful, how discreet, yet how powerful a story can be" (Julia Eccleshare, Guardian Children's Book Prize judge)

"A joy to read." (Nicholas Tucker Independent, Best Books of the Year 2012)

"Exactly what I would have wanted to read in my early teens. It feels sophisticated and clever and knowing without being too grown-up and dark." (Viv Groskop Observer)

"Rebecca Stead makes writing this well look easy." (Philip Ardagh Guardian)

"The boys learn from their friendship with each other, and Stead’s readers will grow from knowing them, too." (Daniel Hahn Independent on Sunday, Best Books of the Year)

Book Description

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. When Georges responds to a notice saying Spy Club Meeting - today! his life begins to change.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (4 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S9YIJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stead(fast) 9 Dec 2013
It's nice - oh so nice! - to have Rebecca Stead back again. You feel as if you've just gone down a block or two from her last outing to encounter another group of kids having an adventure and struggling with the vagaries of school and family life. Not so much the Big as the Little Apple. In this case our protagonist is Georges (silent 's'), coping with living in a smaller apartment, a nurse mother who is on double shifts, a caring but unemployed father, school bullies and a nascent friendship with the weirdly monikered 'Safe' his sister 'Candy' - oh and their brother 'Pigeon'. Georges becomes inculcated into becoming a trainee spy for Safer, spying on the mysterious man in black in the apartment, as well as struggling with the forthcoming school science taste test.
There are some really nice ideas in this book, particularly about phonetics and the nature of perception, and a book aimed at young people that can name check another couple of Georges, the pontillist painter Seurat and the President George Washington is clearly not dumbing down. And yet Stead keeps it all so readable, and drily witty, full of one liners. It's as if Woody Allen had (in his heyday) embarked on a career as a children's writer, the restults might have looked somemthing like this.
As in her previous book 'When You Reach Me' the chapters are very short and dialogue heavy but her themes are large and universal. If it's perhaps not quite as captivating or complicated a plot as 'WYRM' its ultimately a moving read, a testatment to young friendships. No longer quite the new kid on the block Rebecca Stead has marked out her own territory - and she's here to stay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lingers in the memory like a great song 28 Nov 2013
By Johnno
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Rebecca Stead's book kept my two boys (8 and 6) riveted night after night as I read it for their bedtime story. It wasn't only them - I looked forward to each new chapter just as much. It's a story about real kids, real life, real families and the fantasies they weave to help them all cope. A beautiful, warm story - and a future classic for sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this for my 8 year old, but read it first to make sure it didn't have any too grown themes. I couldn't put it down. What a great book, beautifully written. The teacher Ms Warner was my favourite character. I hope my children have a grown up like her at their school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused 5 April 2014
By Tommy
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that ticks all the boxes that adults think children should read about. Unfortunately, the young readers I know in our Carnegie group were underwhelmed as it lacks the main essential: a clear and compelling narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 5 Feb 2014
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Daughter reads heaps. They are reading this at the school Book Club, so it was chosen by a teacher, and they love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this to see if it would be a good class reader. It was okay but a little disappointing in the fact that the story did not have a huge amount of excitement in it it was quite a diary type of book which I felt would not be very good to read out loud to a class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 9 July 2014
By kate
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I wouldn't normally go for a book like this however it was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say this book is great! It is about a boy who is managing several problems in life such as bullying and how he also joins a spy club and looks out for somebody called Mr X. It is a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put- just read it! 28 May 2014
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I was asked to read this book as part of a book club at university and I have fell in love with this book! I never leave reviews on amazon but felt compelled to on this occasion. The story has so many twist and turns that everything I thought would happen didn't. The characters are so charming and at times relatable to children that I feel they could make a connection with the book. I won't spoil the story for anyone else as you simply have to read it whether you are 11 or 81!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 12 yr old daughter couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Sophy A. Henn
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book was awesome gripping and very unique and well written all peeps must read this book
If you don't read it you have made a very poor life choice.
Published 3 months ago by Agnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic in the making.
Published 4 months ago by samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!
Best book about spies yet!
Who cares when this book can make you feel happy. One chance left to read.
Published 6 months ago by RSD-Kindle
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What a great book - I should read more children's books. t had the same feeling as 'The Curious Incident of the dog in the night' about it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. Heffernan
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about friendship
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - accompanying the protagonist on his journey through challenges to learning about the meaning of friendship and how it can take different forms for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all children.
This is a superb book and is a contemporary 'Stig of the Dump'. It prepares children to judge the unknown; helps them prevent victimisation; teaches them to become a leader and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by boogaloiue
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
Bought for my eleven year old. She liked it because it was well-written and suspenseful without being depressing. (She has read a lot of very sad kids' books recently).
Published 9 months ago by K. E. Nickols
1.0 out of 5 stars Books should be rated
I suggested this book for a book club of 8 year olds that i run at school. The book was a huge disappointment. The kids did not rate the book highly either. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon
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