Things aren’t going well for Georges. His dad was laid off, forcing the family to relocate to an apartment and his mother to work extra shifts at the hospital. There’s a group of kids at school that just won’t leave him alone and his ex-best friend doesn’t seem to care. And to top it off? His name isn’t spelled like any normal George. Oh, no. His is spelled after his namesake, artist Georges Seurat. Georges Seurat is credited with creating pointillism, a technique that involves putting tons of dots together to create a bigger picture.
Just when Georges is convinced things couldn’t get worse, his father, jokingly, responds to an ad for a Spy Club on Georges behalf. To his astonishment, the club really does exist and soon Georges is quickly swept into training as he joins his new friend Safer’s current investigation into the mysterious, and possibly dangerous, Mr. X . . .
Stead truly has a gift for finding balance in explaining complex feelings and concepts in age-appropriate ways. While Liar & Spy wasn’t quite as adventurous as When You Reach Me, the magic lies in the soft revelations that gently simmer throughout the last few chapters where we see that every one is afraid of something and we all deal with that fear in our own way. But the one thing Stead’s novel promises is that we don’t have to go it alone.
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