My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hey, Newbery Committee!! Can you hear me now? THIS IS FREAKIN’ AMAZING!!!
I loved When You Reach Me, the author’s last Newbery Award winner, so I had high expectations. Stead blasted right through the roof. I love genre-defying books–this is a bit of a thriller, and a bit of a mystery. Stead obviously knows her Man from U.N.C.L.E., and she’s put in as many stunning twists as Sixth Sense. There are elements of a family story, a friendship story, a school story, too. It’s a rich read.
This is the story of Georges (the S is silent), who is glumly getting used to a new apartment, his parents’ schedules, the recent defection of a friend to the “cool table,” and the cheerfully bizarre family who lives in the same building. Middle School is a trial, complete with bullies, clueless teachers, and pointless tasks. But the boy who lives upstairs has all kinds of secrets–and he has plans for Georges.