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The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead The List of Things That Will Not Change
Coming April 7, 2020

After her parents' divorce, Bea's life changed in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.

When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she'll finally (finally!) have what she's always wanted--a sister. Even though she's never met Jesse's daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they'll be "just like sisters anywhere."

As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a "writer of great feeling."

“No author writing today observes young lives with more clarity, tenderness, and grace than the one and only Rebecca Stead.”
Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan

“An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love.”
R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder

“My love for this book is something that will never change. Bea, with all her flaws and charms, will find her way into readers’ hearts, just as she did mine. Stead truly understands the inner life of kids.”
Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Hello, Universe and You Go First

“Truly a wonderful work.”
Patricia Reilly Giff, author of the Newbery- Honor winners Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

“This is a story of love that enlarges, even though it is not always easy. We cheer for and are cheered by Bea's quiet triumphs because they are triumphs of the heart.”
Gary Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars and Pay Attention, Carter Jones

“Rebecca Stead’s writing is always infused with the tender minutiae of being alive, with the price we have to pay to be human. This book, along with its perfect title, is “Typical Rebecca Stead.” And that’s a heartfelt compliment.”
Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 and Bud, Not Buddy

★“An emotional character journey from a middle-grade master.”
Starred Review, Booklist

★“Uplifting without sentimentality, timely not trendy, and utterly engaging.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

★“Difficulties with spelling, the pleasures of gummy bears, the pain of eczema, the ability to sense adult tension—we are fully present with Bea, in the rich, crisply rendered details and in her distinctive voice.”
Starred Review, Horn Book

★“Bea’s interactions with her loving community convey particularly well-drawn dynamics that support themes of building resilience and savoring joy; together, these insightful moments layer into an affecting story of significant middle grade change.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

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