The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Rebecca Stead is the author of several great middle grade books, like Bob, Liar and Spy, and When You Reach Me, and I would read anything of hers I could get my hands on. This story is no different.

Bea’s parents separated when she was eight, so now she splits her time between two apartments in New York City. Her father has fallen in love with a warm and wonderful man, and they’re planning a wedding, which means Bea will be getting not only a stepdad, but also a sister. In addition, Bea is a kid who struggles with both eczema (an annoyance, to say the least) and anxiety, for which she regularly sees a therapist. There’s a lot going on in her life, and so her parents have given her a notebook to help keep track of the things she can rely on: the list of Things That Will Not Change. And that helps.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC STEAD)

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