Liar & Spy


The decline in Georges’ family’s fortunes has resulted in a move to an apartment block, and his mother’s constant hospital shifts. Threatened at school, lost at home, Georges is distracted by Safer, another resident in the building with an exceptional nose for espionage, and a family that is oddly Bohemian.

The reader walks in Georges’ shoes, tastes Georges’ tastes and wills him to succeed despite his fears, doubts and secrets.

This is an exceptional novel, one I recommend to any reader with emotional intelligence, empathy, and an established commitment to reading, aged from 10 years.


Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead

(Andersen Press)

How can one author get under the skin of her main character so well? Georges’ move to an apartment block coincides with his mother’s long hours at the hospital, a concerted bullying campaign against him, and an introduction to a fellow apartment resident with extraordinary powers of surveillance. This is a superb title, original, compelling and absolutely real. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Recommended to readers aged from 10 years.


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