by Rebecca Stead
180 pages of interesting questions – can you be friends with a liar?
Perhaps the only thing good right now in Georges (yes, with an s) life is the fact that he stayed at the same school. His dad lost his job, his family sold their house, they moved to an apartment and his mom started working doubles at the hospital. He never sees her any more and that’s tough. No dinners at home. Dad’s often goes to visit her, but Georges chooses to leave her Scrabble tile messages. He’s not much for hospitals. The move means everything is in turmoil and everything he has relied on to stay grounded is difficult to find.
Doing laundry in the new building, Georges and his dad notice a sign for a Spy Club. Thinking it is a joke, dad pencils a question – what time’s the next meeting. Georges gets and answer and that’s how he first meets Safer and then, Candy. Is there really a mystery in the building? Could the man in black be a criminal? What story is true? How can anyone be sure?
As Georges answers his questions, you’ll answer your own. Can you really live a lie? Can you actually be friends with a liar? Are friends what it takes to face reality? Read Liar and Spy to see what you think – can anything good ever come from a lie.