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's 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 honest, emotional story about friendship, courage, and acceptance is written by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me.