Last week I saw Rebecca Stead's new book, Liar & Spy , on a bookstore shelf and wanted to buy it so badly. But I was good and forced myself to walk away.
Fast forward one day. New scene: the library. (I'm not kidding: we are library/bookstore junkies). I had already checked out about 40 new picture books and two enormous puppets when I wandered past a Young Adult display. Guess what I spotted?
Yep. Liar & Spy
I resisted the urge to scream my excitement, wondered why no one had checked it out yet, and then did my customary backward glance for library secret service as I scooped it up.
Earlier this year I read When You Reach Me
. It won the Newberry. It was awesome. I'll write a blog post about it sometime in the near future. Point being - Rebecca writes the exact kind of book that I love to read. The kind where each sentence is a masterpiece of quirk, wit and humanity. She makes it all look so easy. I couldn't wait to read something new from her.
I read about half of it today and I'm in love with just about every other sentence. I must look like an idiot reading it. With a big, goofy, and thoroughly amused grin.
At this point, I believe I'm enjoying it even more than I enjoyed When You Reach Me. But that's probably not entirely accurate. It's more the fact that I'm very much a love-the-one-you're-with kind of girl when it comes to books. And most other things too.
I'll keep you posted as I finish it. So far it is another proof that children's literature is where it's at.