The List of Things That Will Not Change


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$16.99  $15.80
Wendy Lamb Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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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 and on Twitter @rebstead.


An NPR Best Book of the Year

Praise for The List of Things That Will Not Change:

A fabric woven of exactly the right threads.... An undeniably beautiful book. --The New York Times

"Uplifting without sentimentality, timely not trendy, and utterly engaging." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"An emotional character journey from a middle-grade master. --Booklist, starred review

"An affecting story of significant middle grade change." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The angst and worries that middle grade readers experience are brought to life through Bea's authentic voice in this must-read title." --School Library Journal, starred review

"The strength of this novel lies in Stead's authentic, respectful, low-key approach to the emotional life of a ten-year-old as recalled from the perspective of her slightly older self." --The Horn Book, starred review

★ "Ultimately, Bea survives, thrives, and grows as love remains constant but her world gets bigger, and readers negotiating their own changing lives will relate to her challenge and applaud her triumph." --The Bulletin, starred review

★ "Stead masterfully explores the internal life of a girl going through both extraordinary and run-of-the-mill trials in a way that tells readers they are not alone in their complicated, contradictory feelings about the world." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ A dazzling middle grade novel from Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead. --BookPage, starred review

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

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

Stead truly understands the inner life of kids. --Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Hello, Universe and You Go First

"From the moon, the wedding, and the cake, to Bea's mind, Rebecca has captured everything so completely, so beautifully. 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 D. 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