I have just finished reading the book Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead. This was a 200 hundred page realistic fiction book. Rebecca Stead has many books out such as
When You Reach Me, Goodbye Stranger, and First Light. Her book, When You Reach Me, got a Newberry Medal in 2010. Liar and Spy was also presented with a Guardian Prize. As a kid she always wanted to be a writer but thought of it as “impractical”, so she became a lawyer instead. She then wrote a children’s book inspired by her son and never went back. Liar and Spy was published on August 7th, 2012. I remember reading this book as a child so I decided to reread it. It is a thin book and a very easy read. The book is based off of a boy named Georges who is not a very popular kid. He wants friends to play with but he can’t find any. One day he sees a spy club poster and takes it as a joke, but actually ends up going. Georges meets two new friends at spy club and they have even targeted the bad guy. Until one day everything goes wrong. I liked the way the author made Georges not popular and the way she had him grow apart from his childhood friend. That really expressed what popularity can do to young people. It can break friendships apart very fast. If I were the author I would have put more school scenes in the book, just to show how unpopular Georges is. She puts a little bit of bullying into it but it doesn’t really have an affect on the reader. I understand why the author made Georges more separate from his mom. It kept us all wondering where she was and why we never met her or even got a description. All there was were notes from her and it kept the reader wondering. I love this next passage because it really got me hooked, showing all readers can be suspenseful even on the first page.
“Everyone in my class, even Bob English Who Draws, is paying attention today, because this is the first unit of, “How We Taste,” also known as The Science Unit of Destiny. They all believe that sometime in the next ten school days, at least one person in the room is going to discover his or her own personal fate: true love or tragic death.
Yes, those are the only two choices.” (pg.1)
I really liked this book and I would recommend it to people for an easy read. I rate it an 8 out of ten because I feel like the author rushed the ending. This book was very good overall and