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Goodbye Stranger
by Rebecca Stead


Overview - Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love. The New York Times Book Review
2016 Honor Book in Fiction, Boston Globe Horn Book Award
A NYT Editors' Choice and NYT Notable Children's Books of 2015

This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
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Overview
Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love. The New York Times Book Review
2016 Honor Book in Fiction, Boston Globe Horn Book Award
A NYT Editors' Choice and NYT Notable Children's Books of 2015

This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
Bridge is an accident survivor who s wondering why she s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody s games or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting.Can it get them through seventh grade?
This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl as a friend?
On Valentine s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight?
Each memorable character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating novel.
Praise for Goodbye Stranger

Six Starred Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Best Books of 2015
School Library Journal Best Books of 2015
Booklist Editor s Choice 2015
The Horn Book s Fanfare: Best Books of 2015
The Washington Post Best Books of 2015
The New York Times
Notable Children s Books of 2015

This astonishingly profound novel is not your average middle-school friendship tale. The Horn Book, Starred
Stead shows how strongly love of all kinds can smooth the juddering path toward adulthood. Winsome, bighearted, and altogether rewarding. Booklist, Starred
Stead] captures the stomach-churning moments of a misstep or an unplanned betrayal and reworks these events with grace, humor, and polish into possibilities for kindness and redemption. Superb. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
This memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion. Publishers Weekly, Starred
Filled with humor and] delightful coincidences. . . . An immensely satisfying addition for Stead s many fans. School Library Journal, Starred
"The author as usual deftly interweaves her plot strands into an organic whole, and between the multifocal plot and the exploration on growth and self-recognition. . .deeply explores mistakes, and forgiveness, and growing away from people as well as toward them." The Bulletin, Starred
This eloquent story of friendship, first love, and identity will resonate powerfully with readers. VOYA, Perfect Ten
"Stead raises questions about whether a relationship can survive change. If someone makes a mistake, can you forgive the person, if not the act? Can two people reconcile, if they are both willing to process what happened? Or is the change more systemic--has one of you become a stranger? . . . It's a question all of the characters ask themselves at some point in Stead's perfectly synchronized novel." Shelf Awareness"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385743174
  • ISBN-10: 0385743173
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Bridget Barsamian accidentally skated into traffic at age eight, and this brush with death has made her an uncommonly introspective seventh-grader. A tight triumvirate, Bridge and her friends Tab and Em have sworn upon a Twinkie never to fight, but now Em’s curves are attracting boy interest (and a request for a risqué photo), while Tab’s attentions are turning toward feminism and social justice. Meanwhile, Bridge has a new friend, Sherm; his share of the story unspools in letters to his estranged grandfather, who left Sherm’s beloved Nonna after 50 years of marriage. Then there is an unnamed high school–age character, whose second-person chapters take place on Valentine’s Day, months in the future. Keeping readers off-balance is a Stead hallmark, but it doesn’t work quite as successfully here as it did in When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy, perhaps because the mystery narrator and the people she interacts with aren’t as fleshed out as everyone else. That said, this memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion—another Stead hallmark. Ages 10–up. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (Aug.)

 
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