Monday, July 6, 2015
Middle School Monday: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Release date: August 4, 2015
Bridge and her best friends have considered themselves a set for the last couple years. They are close as three friends can be. Except this year, all three of them seem to be a little busy for each other. Bridge with tech crew, Tab with activities for the school's human rights club and Em with the soccer team.
Sherm is also busy with tech crew, but for him it's a way to get away from the house where he and his parents live with his grandma. Until the past year, it's also where his granddad lived, now he only talks to him in letters Sherm's not sending.
Then there's a girl who has had enough of Valentine's Day. Instead of going to school on February 14, she's hiding out in a bakery.
How do these three stories come together? Why is Bridge wearing a pair of cat ears every day of school? Is there anything better than a stack of cinnamon toast? For these answers and more, check out the newest book from Rebecca Stead.
This book has the coolest native New Yorker feel. If you read Harriet the Spy or The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a kid and are looking for a new book that hits in a similar way but for YA, this is the perfect book for you. Goodbye Stranger is smart and funny, but still with all the angst of seventh grade.