Liar & Spy

Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a 12-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

Liar & Spy is an inspired, often-funny story about destiny, goofy brilliance, and courage. Like Stead's Newbery Medal-winning When You Reach Me, it will keep readers guessing until the end.

©2012 Rebecca Stead (P)2012 Listening Library

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Great book!

There's something I just didn't expect to find out about Mr.X. Absolutely a great book.

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Favorite Book!

This book was very cool and fun to learn about. It’s based on this kid named Georges (silent s) and a kid named Safer. Georges goes to the spy club for the first time and takes on a mission that Safer has in mind. Read on to find out! I enjoyed this book and I hope you will like it to. Bye!

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Family enjoyed listening together in car

Where does Liar & Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Liar & Spy?

The mystery and characters pull you through - there were memorable surprises that we don't want to give away.

What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am sure the book is great too - we enjoyed listening in the car together and the community experience.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes the answers are right in front of you.

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Liar & Spy is a coming-of-age story dressed up as a mystery. Several mysteries, actually. All unconventional. All delightful.

Author Rebecca Stead finds the interesting in everything, be it Benjamin Franklin's reformed alphabet, peculiar fortune cookies, or the human tongue. It's hard to say where Rebecca ends and Georges (silent S) begins. A bit of Rebecca and Georges lives in all of us, I suspect, which may be why this book feels like time spent with an old friend.

Wait til you hear Jesse Bernstein's portrayal of Safer. It's a hoot. (That's right, a hoot.) It's a strange expression, if you think about it. I wonder what Georges would say about it...

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Awesome!😀

So cool so funny exciting and great twist at the end. One of my favorite books your kids will love Liar and Spy

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  • 07-02-14

Not a bad story...

All - in - all, it isnt a bad story at all! A little predicatable and the naration in some places was a little.... errrmmm... questionable, but overall is was fine.
It a memerable book and its fun! It's like an old pair of slipper, warm and kind and nice!
I read a lot of junior fiction in my job (senior school librarian), and this isnt in my top 10, but I would reccommend it to the kids to read.