Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

An excellent middle grade novel. Strong central character with a great voice. Stead artfully and insightfully explores the challenges of school, families, and friendship. She does so with humor and compassion. The twist at the end will force readers to rethink much of what preceded it.

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I enjoyed both the sort of magical realism (tied to the classic A Wrinkle in Time) and the realism of what it might be like to be a sixth-grader in the city and trying to come to grips with the complexities of life (latch-key kids, single motherhood, income disparities, violence, race, friendships, boys, etc.).

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I enjoyed both the sort of magical realism (tied to the classic A Wrinkle in Time) and the realism of what it might be like to be a sixth-grader in the city and trying to come to grips with the complexities of life (latch-key kids, single motherhood, income disparities, violence, race, friendships, boys, etc.).

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