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Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

A Kids Wings Award Book
TLA Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
Junior Library Guild Book

When Georges's father loses his job, the other dominoes in Georges's life began to follow. The family has to move to an apartment house in Brooklyn, his mother begins working double shifts in the hospital's ICU unit, and Georges (silent S) is now in middle school where he immediately becomes the target of two 7th grade bullies and feels ostracized by clickish students. Georges mother helps him look at the big picture, just as the painter Georges Seurat (his namesake) did in the painting above his couch, the one made of tiny, shapeless unimportant blobs which, by themselves, are meaningless. As you step back, however, the dots blend together to make a beautiful picture. So, Georges practices ignoring the bullies's attacks and finding balance in the bigger picture.

Fortunately (or unfortunately?) Georges makes friends with a boy named Safer and his eccentric family who live in his apartment house. Safer has begun recruiting members for his "Spy Club." As it turns out, Georges is his first and only member. The Spy Club's first job is to gather information on the mysterious Mr. X who lives on the fourth floor. The first mundane training tasks soon transition into more perilous ones. Georges becomes suspicious of Safer himself who begins to invade his own privacy and then starts to demand that Georges participate with him in possibly dangerous, and even illegal activities. How far will Georges go to please his only friend? Where will he draw the line? Who is the liar? Who is the spy?

Told in Georges's first person voice in the present tense, Liar & Spy gets more and more exciting as the intrigue grows. Funny, often emotional subplots develop, which late in the novel, dare readers to reexamine their understanding of the whole story. Sixth and seventh graders will relate to the problems of middle school and the spy plot, and younger students will relate to Safer's bright younger sister, Candy, and her clever contributions. With an unchallenging vocabulary, often short sentences, and lots of feisty dialog, it's a story that can appeal to everyone as it stimulates problem solving and decision making.


Research Links for
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead's Home Page

Book Trailer # 1
Book Trailer # 2 from a younger reader

Rebecca Stead discusses her Newbery Winner, When You Reach Me

Taste Research:
Your Tongue
What Are Taste Buds?
Neuroscience for Kids: That's Tasty
Super-Tasting: Find Out If You're a Supertaster, The Scientific American
The Science of Supertasters
Senses of Taste and Smell YouTube Video

Sugar Research:
Sugars and Sweeteners: Test Your Sugar Smarts

Kids' Health: Yes, you're sweet enough!
The Mayo Clinic: Kids and Sugar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Iron Kids: The Good, the Bad, and 5 Changes You Can Make
Sugary Drinks

Scantron Generator

The Kids Wings literature guide for Liar and Spy is now available!

You can purchase the literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead for immediate download!
Only $17.95
Click Here to Purchase and Download

The Kids Wings literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard, is now available.

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Where in the USA is Buffalo, New York?
2-page, two-voice Readers’ Theater Introduction
Research: How do we taste?
6 Grouped Chapters: Vocabulary & Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
Visualizing the Story, Comprehension
3 Activities for Turning a Chapter into Dramatic Reading
Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Chapter Questions
Crossword Puzzle: The Plot Thickens
Writing Directions and Rules
Looking Back at the Story Through New Eyes
Sweet Research on Candy's Future
Lies and Truth Game
Conundrums: Table for Analyzing the Story
Character Poems

Discussion and Writing Prompts

Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game



Liar & Spy is included in the Kids Wings Trials and Courage Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books all on one convenient CD. Included are 848 pages of activities in 22 titles PLUS 18 "Jeopardy-type" games! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Trials and Courage Collection, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities last!


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