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Thalia Kids' Book Club: Rebecca Stead Liar and Spy
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 11/04/2012 at Symphony Space.

The Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me discusses her achingly real and laugh-out-loud funny new novel about the challenges of seventh grade with fellow author Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly), featuring a mysterious neighbor; a new friend named Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy; and his SweeTart-loving sister, Candy. Actor Tom Byrn reads an excerpt.


This delicious and complex story is "as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come" - Publishers Weekly. Ages 9-12.


+ About the Artists

Rebecca Stead is an American author who writes books for children and young adults. She won the 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature for her second novel, When You Reach Me

Stead enjoyed writing as a child, but as she grew older she felt it was 'impractical' and became a lawyer instead. After years as a public defender she returned to writing after the birth of her two children. On her website she credits her son with inspiring her to write a children's novel, but not in the way one would expect. For years she had collected story ideas and short stories on a laptop, which the child pushed off a table, destroying it and losing all her 'serious' writing. As a way to lighten her mood she began again with something light-hearted

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