Rebecca Stead grew up in New York City. She began writing stories, Very Serious stories, at school, but a career in writing felt impractical so she became a lawyer. Many years, two sons and a broken laptop (containing the Very Serious stories) later, she decided to write again; firstly for adults but then moving on to children’s books, to much acclaim. Her second book, When You Reach Me, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Liar & Spy is her latest book for children.