In “Liar & Spy,” twelve-year-old Georges (the "s" is silent) is named after his mom's favorite artist, Georges Seurat. She loves Seurat's style, the way he paints a series of tiny dots to create a sweeping, cohesive scene. Georges' mom says life is like a Seurat painting; it makes much more sense when people step back to look at the whole picture. Right now, Georges is losing his perspective. Everything around him is changing: His dad lost his job. They're moving to an apartment. His mom's working extra shifts at the hospital. And he's being picked on at school. When will life make sense? Then Georges meets Safer, an upstairs neighbor obsessed with spying. Will Safer be the friend Georges needs? Or will the spy games go too far?
This book is written at a 4.0 grade equivalence level.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher level questions to bring to book group discussions. Answers are provided.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This rubric can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 80 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.