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Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
Stead is a gorgeous writer. That said, this novel is right in the zone for 6th/7th grade boy (and girl) readers, and will captivate them to the very end. Twists, turns, humor, and a subtle but deep reveal about two of the main characters all add up to a satisfying experience. I couldn't put it down; now it goes to my son.
Seventh-grader Georges feels like an outcast at school ever since his best friend began hanging out with the popular kids who tease him, but when Georges moves into a new apartment, he finds a new friend in his surveillance-loving neighbor Safer only to begin to wonder if Safer may not be such a good friend after all. While not a traditional mystery, this middle-grade novel packs a couple of mystery-like revelations that will likely surprise and engage young readers. Think Walk Two Moons or The Westing Game. Things are not quite what they seem. Yet this novel also delivers far more than just surprising revelations with its well-drawn and sympathetic hero and solid middle-grade voice. Readers get to know Georges’ school life, his home life and his adventures with Safer through equally engaging plots, and while these three plots may not come together as fully as readers might anticipate, their powerful conclusions still make for a satisfying read.
My friend lent me this book and I really liked it. I liked the style Stead writes in and I find it pretty easy to follow along. There are a lot of little mysteries that happen through out the book that may seem confusing at first but later you find out what happened. This is a great story where Georges deals with his friends and family.