Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead


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This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it’s the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily’s new curves are attracting attention, and Tab is suddenly a member of the Human Rights Club. And then there’s Bridge. She’s started wearing cat ears and is the only one who’s still tempted to draw funny cartoons on her homework.
It’s also the beginning of seventh grade for Sherm Russo. He wonders: what does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend?
By the time Valentine’s Day approaches, the girls have begun to question the bonds—and the limits—of friendship. Can they grow up without growing apart?
“Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love.” —The New York Times
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, NPR, and more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307980861
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 52,460
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

REBECCA STEAD is the author of When You Reach Me, which was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Liar & Spy, which was also a New York Times bestseller, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction, and was on multiple state master lists and best of the year lists. Her most recent book, Goodbye Stranger, was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of First Light, which was nominated for many state awards. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at

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Goodbye Stranger 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing story I recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely story about middle schoolers, with complex friendships, some elements of romance and mystery, and a poignant, mostly sweet recognition of our fallibility and messiness as human beings. Intended as a YA book, but also rewarding for adults who like kids' books. Beautifully written and strongly plotted, with humor as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book
KarenHallam More than 1 year ago
I'm just smiling. Loved so much in his book. I have that after book glow. And that epilogue! The characters are dealing with some pretty serious issues. One, that reflected something my son did just today. I always leave Rebecca Stead's books with the feeling I've been hugged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
all i got to say is In love with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know if this book has anything bad in it?