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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger

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Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central character Bridge was very nearly killed by a car aged 8, and has never forgotten one of the nurses telling her that ‘you must have been put on this earth for a reason’ – the question what that reason might be circles in her head thereafter. At the time of the book’s action, Bridge is 12 and starting seventh grade, year 7 as we know it, a year that marks a real transition from childhood to the beginning of adulthood. She navigates it cautiously, even reluctantly, in contrast to her long-time best friends Tab and Em who seem more than ready to become young adults. In other plotlines, Bridge’s new friend Sherm tries to work out why his grandfather left his grandmother after fifty years of happy marriage, and – another mystery – which character, unnamed until the very end, is bunking off school in shame after betraying a friend’s trust? Full of ideas, insight and real depth, this beautifully told story examines love and friendship in all their forms, and asks us all to think about who we are. ~ Andrea Reece


Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge has always been a bit of an oddball, but since she recovered from a serious accident, she's found fitting in with her friends increasingly hard. Tab and Em are getting cooler and better and they don't get why she insists on wearing novelty cat ears every day. Bridge just thinks they look good. It's getting harder to keep their promise of no fights, especially when they start keeping secrets from each other. Sherm wants to get to know Bridge better. But he's hiding the anger he feels at his grandfather for walking out. And then there is another girl, who is struggling with an altogether more serious set of friendship troubles...Told from interlinked points of view, this is a bitter-sweet story about the trials of friendship and growing up.


Masterly... Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love -- Meg Wolitzer New

'Masterly... Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love' -- Meg Wolitzer New York Times

'A glorious celebration of love, friendship and betrayal that draws attention to the increasingly difficult problem of retaining one's own identity in a time of obsessive social media.' -- Sally Morris Daily Mail

'Bittersweet story from multi-award-winner Stead. Highly recommended.' The Bookseller, Fiona Noble

'Memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion-another Stead hallmark.' Publishers Weekly, starred review

'Winsome, bighearted and altogether rewarding' Booklist, starred review

‘Superb’ Kirkus

‘Immensely satisfying’ School Library Journal

About the Author

Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead grew up in New York City where she lives today with her husband and two sons. Rebecca used to be a lawyer and wrote books for adults before turning to younger fiction. Her second book for children, When You Reach Me, won the Newbery Medal 2010, and her follow-up, Liar and Spy, was the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. She now combines her writing with work as a literary agent

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Publication date

2nd June 2016


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Andersen Press Ltd


304 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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