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About Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead has written six novels for young people: WHEN YOU REACH ME (A bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction); THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE (A Time Magazine Top Ten Children's Book of the Year), LIAR & SPY (Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children); FIRST LIGHT (a Junior Library Guild Selection and a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens); GOODBYE STRANGER (A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children); and BOB (co-written with Wendy Mass). Rebecca lives in New York City with her family.
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By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighbourhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that haven't even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
When You Reach Me is a story about friendship and time. It's an intriguing puzzle with pieces that fit together in the most intricate and unexpected ways.
'One of the best children's books I have ever read and books of this sort do not drop out of the sky every day. They don't even drop out of the sky every year.' School Library Journal
Mom and Dad told me about the divorce at a ‘family meeting’. I sat on the couch, between them. They didn’t look happy, and I suddenly got worried that something was wrong with our cat, Red. That they were going to tell me he was dying. But that wasn’t it.
When Bea’s parents got divorced, there were big changes for Bea, and also lots of things that stayed the same. But it’s not always easy living in two separate apartments.
When her dad announces that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is excited that Jesse’s daughter will become the sister she’s always wanted. But as the wedding approaches, Bea’s joy is clouded by a terrible secret she has kept hidden since last summer.
Rebecca Stead’s delightful middle-grade novel about family and friendship will be loved by young readers.
Rebecca Stead is the author of First Light, When You Reach Me (a New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner), Liar & Spy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner and New York Times bestseller) and Goodbye Stranger (a New York Times notable book). She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at rebeccasteadbooks.com and on Twitter @rebstead.
'A beautiful reminder of the importance of making mistakes, feeling feelings, and forgiving yourself.' Carly Nugent
'[Rebecca Stead] can see into the souls of young people.' Shelf Awareness
Back in grade five, Bridge, Tabitha and Emily made a pact. Never to fight, ever. Now, two years later, they’re still best friends, but other things are changing. Bridge meets Sherm, and is soon excited and confused by her new, strange feelings. And when Emily starts texting pictures of herself to Patrick, Bridge and Tab find themselves complicit in a naïve plan that quickly spirals out of control.
And while the three friends navigate the challenges of their changing friendship, another story—of betrayal and remorse—keeps you guessing until the very end.
Goodbye Stranger is a tender and intricate story about friendships, and love, and the pain of sometimes making the wrong choices.
Rebecca Stead is the author of four novels: First Light, When You Reach Me (a New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner), Liar & Spy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner and New York Times bestseller) and, most recently, Goodbye Stranger. She lives in New York City with her family.
‘This memorable story about female friendships, silly bets, different kinds of love, and bad decisions is authentic in detail and emotion—another Stead hallmark.’ STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly
‘[Stead] captures the stomach-churning moments of a misstep or an unplanned betrayal and reworks these events with grace, humour, and polish into possibilities for kindness and redemption. Superb.’ STARRED Review, Kirkus
‘Stead shows how strongly love of all kinds can smooth the juddering path toward adulthood. Winsome, bighearted, and altogether rewarding.’ STARRED Review, Booklist
‘[Stead’s writing is] filled with humor, delightful coincidences, and the sorts of things...that escalate in ways that can seem life-shattering to a 13-year-old. The author keeps all her balls in the air until she catches them safely with ineffable grace.’ STARRED Review, School Library Journal
‘Rebecca Stead’s story is multi-layered and sumptuous, beautifully plotted and a real page-turner.’ Alpha Reader
‘An unforgettable book about young girls coming of age written with wit and compassion.’ ReadPlus
‘Goodbye Stranger was such a pleasure to read…[Stead’s] teenage characters are so real, and charming and likeable, even when they’re not making the best decisions…I will continue to sing the praises of this new book well into the rest of the year (and probably much longer).’ Middle Chapter
‘[Stead has] a profound appreciation for the young people she writes for…She creates the kind of situations that would shatter a vulnerable thirteen-year-old girl but somehow manages to do so with a deft, light touch full of empathy and humour.’ Readings
‘Goodbye Stranger is the kind of book you might call a revelation. It is surprising, generous, thoughtful, honest and it paints a picture of the time after childhood and before youth more honestly than I have ever seen depicted.’ Where the Writer Comes to Write
‘The language is often dazzling and the minor characters have great appeal. A very satisfying read.’ Stuff NZ
‘The emotional complexity is deftly done by Stead in a way that is satisfying and accessible for young adults and adults alike, withou
When Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy club recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?
Rebecca Stead's characters are delightfully engaging, and she has woven intricate ideas into a beautiful story. Liar & Spy is an inspired, often-funny novel for middle grade kids about friendship, fears, bullying and how to deal with your worries. It will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Rebecca Stead is the author of the children's novels First Light and When You Reach Me. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
'In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance.' New York Times Book Review
'Chock-full of fascinating characters and intelligent questions, this is as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come.' Publishers Weekly, starred review
'It is the true gift of the storyteller to take such age old themes and issues and shine a light on them in such a way that it appears brand new.' Magpies
'[An] incredibly touching, funny, clever story.' Readings Monthly
A charming middle-grade novel about friendship and the power of imagination, told in alternating chapters by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Medal winning author of When You Reach Me, and Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers
Livy can’t remember her first visit to her grandmother’s house in Australia, but she does seem to recall a ‘wrong chicken’ and bumping down the stairs.
She definitely doesn’t remember the strange little creature she finds in the wardrobe. His name is Bob and he doesn’t know what he’s doing there, but he’s been waiting for Livy to come back for more than five years. That’s a very long time to sit in the dark.
Clue by clue, Livy and Bob unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from and what Livy has forgotten in this magical story about friendship and loyalty and the power of imagination.
And standing on top of the dictionary is a small zombie wearing a chicken suit. He’s rubbing his eyes, a Lego pirate clutched in one green hand. When his eyes adjust to the light, he uses them to look me up and down. Then he says, 'You’re back. Took you long enough.'
Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for young readers including The Candymakers. Wendy lives in New Jersey.
Rebecca Stead is the author of four books for children including the Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me. Rebecca lives in New York.
'Realistic and compassionate…This is a layered, textured read, and adds to Rebecca Stead’s growing list of consistently high quality novels. Highly recommended.' Reading Time
‘Irresistible tale of magic, mystery, and friendship that poses timeless questions about identity and belonging.’ Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘Stead, whose When You Reach Me (2009) won the Newbery Medal, and Mass, author of the beloved Willow Falls series, combine their considerable talents to create an unusual fantasy with simplicity, immediacy, and wit.’ Booklist
‘You can’t help falling in love with Bob just a little.’ Good Reading
Set in Greenland Rebecca Stead's debut novel tells the story of Thea, who lives in a world deep within a glacier, and Peter, who has arrived in Greenland to live on the ice while his father studies climate change.
Thea longs for her people to return to the sunlight, but her search for a way to the surface forces her to defy her powerful grandmother. Peter is troubled by strange visions that lead him to a crevice in the glacier. When their lives collide Thea and Peter find themselves unravelling a deep mystery.
'First Light is a fantastic fusion of science, intrigue, and gutsy kid characters who aren't afraid to uncover the truth. I loved the way Rebecca Stead captured the real-world magic of the icy arctic and melded it to a gripping story.' Kirsty Murray
‘First Light was a beautiful read, blending science fiction and fantasy in a clever way, filled with mystery and suspense, and with its loveable characters. The story’s complex and compelling enough for readers of any age.’ Written in Wonder
Uma história sobre a ansiedade provocada pelas mudanças da vida e sobre como o amor pode fazer a diferença! Da autora bestseller vencedora de uma Medalha Newbery, chega-nos um livro imperdível, nomeado para o prémio Goodreads.
Há dois anos, os pais da Bea divorciaram-se. Mas apesar de estar dividida entre duas casas, os pais são amigos, amam-na e isso é para ela o mais importante. Agora o pai da Bea anunciou que ele e o seu namorado vão casar. São notícias maravilhosas e ela não podia estar mais entusiasmada, pois vai concretizar o seu sonho e «ganhar» uma irmã da sua idade! Só que a Bea carrega um (grande!) segredo que ensombra este momento tão especial. Uma decisão impulsiva pode pôr em risco a felicidade dos que a rodeiam... Para tentar evitar isso, a Bea vai precisar de muita coragem, humildade e confiança no amor.
«Um livro belíssimo» The New York Times
«Nenhum autor do momento compreende a vida das crianças com maior clareza, doçura e encanto como a única e incomparável Rebecca Stead.» Katherine Applegate, autora de O Único e Incomparável Ivan