Monday, October 28, 2013

28: Middle Grade Monday - Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead won the Newberry Medal in 2010 for her middle grade novel, When You Reach Me.  In 2012 she published Liar & Spy, a novel that I {possibly} love even more.  I've written about how much I love Stead's writing before {here} and {here}.  Nevertheless, I couldn't resist saying it again.  

I first read Liar & Spy for my own reading enjoyment.  Then, months later, I read it to my seven-year-old and loved it even more.  I love the quirky, lovable characters.  I love that the families and adults represented are also quirky and unique, but positive influences.  What I love most about Rebecca Stead is the metaphor.  It isn't subtle, but it's so integrally woven into the fabric of the story that I love every little thread.  Georges Seurat and his painting Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte is knitted beautifully into every part of Liar & Spy.  It's a story that I wish I wrote myself.  How's that for a recommendation?

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  1. I clearly love your taste in books for young readers! Rebecca Stead is one of the absolute best!

    1. Hi Danielle - I love finding new book loving friends. Your site is gorgeous - I'm looking forward to scrolling through and finding new books to explore...


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