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Liar & Spy

por Rebecca Stead

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Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
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    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler por E. L. Konigsburg (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: While intelligent young people in New York City have unusual adventures that revolve around mysteries -- Liar's Georges spies on neighbors; Claudia hides out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- their observations, conversations, emotions and experiences are entirely convincing.… (mais)
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Children's middle-grade fiction (boy-friendly). The story unfolds slowly, in short chapters: Ch. 1: we learn the narrator is in 7th grade. Ch.2: family has recently sold home. Ch.3: His name is George (but spelled Georges, as in Seurat). He gets teased by other kids at school (one in particular), and is not particularly great at sports. Ch. 4: His dad was laid off last year, and mom has been picking up extra shifts at the hospital to help out (he rarely gets to see her).
...And so forth. Utterly charming, and the characters are very imaginative and endearing. I was not a huge fan of Stead's When You Reach Me, but this one I really liked--there is also a mystery to be solved here, but it isn't quite so obvious. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book....I am not sure. I really tried to put myself into the mindset of the target demographic. I really did. Maybe I am just not very good at it, but something about this book just bothered me.

I liked that the story incorporated some actually knowledge in there, about the Seurat painting, things like that. I like that the story has a real message. I like that it was kind of light and fun, while being serious at the same time. It was well edited, which is usually a pet peeve of mine.

But, see, it just felt flat to me. I thought the premise was cute, but the delivery method just left me, wanting.

While I did not really enjoy this one, I am sure that there are many, many people who did. I intend to pass the book down to my 9 year old, and I am sure he will probably have a very different perspective on the book than I did. It just did not work for me. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Apr 23, 2021 |
A very enjoyable read; the plot twists were so unexpected. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Mar 23, 2021 |
"When Georges moves into a new apartment block he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Soon Georges has become his spy recruit. His first assignment? To track the mysterious Mr X, who lives in the flat upstairs.
But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a game and what is a lie? How far is too far to go for your only friend?"
  stenbackeskolan | Dec 14, 2020 |
Good middle school drama with bullying aspect, but likeable hero who overcomes his nerd reputation and also deals with some family changes and challenges. Georges (named for the painter Seurat)is the target of immature bullies in his 7th grade class. His family has also downsized to a new apartment and he has drifted away from his former best friend who now hangs with the "cool kids". Georges' mom always reminds him to "see the big picture" -- instead of the dots like the pointillist painter he is named for. Clever details like this make the book endearing. Georges makes friends with a kid in his new building who recruits him to spy on another adult resident. However the game goes a little too far and tests the limits of this new friendship as well as Georges' values and courage. Kids liked it a lot. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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