“The List of Things That Will Not Change” by Rebecca Stead is a middle-grade novel that follows Bea, a young girl who loves to make lists and is dealing with the changes in her family after her parents’ divorce. Bea wants to be the best version of herself, and to help her achieve this, she creates a list of Things That Will Not Change, a set of guidelines that can help her navigate the changes in her life. The list includes things like “Mom loves me more than anyone” and “Dad always comes to my school plays”. When Bea’s dad comes out as gay and announces that he is getting married to his boyfriend, Jesse, Bea is excited, but she’s also worried about how her family might change. The story follows Bea as she grapples with new family dynamics, navigating complicated emotions, and learning to embrace change. The novel touches on themes of family, identity, and acceptance, and does so in a thoughtful and sensitive way. Through Bea’s journey, readers will find a relatable and heartwarming story about learning to embrace the changes in their lives.
The List Of Things That Will Not Change – Audiobook Online By: Rebecca Stead
Eight star reviews. The book reassures children and families that need it now.
“A completely original story…one the kids will love.” (R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder)
At a time when things are changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic from the Newbery award-winning author of When You Reach Me.
After her parents divorced, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember things that won’t change. First and foremost: Mom and Dad will always love Bea and love each other.
When Dad told Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, were getting married, Bea was overjoyed. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and his dad get married, she’ll finally (finally!) get what she’s always wanted – a sister. Though she’s never met Jesse’s daughter Sonia, Bea is sure they’ll be “like sisters anywhere.”
As the wedding day draws near, Bea will learn that forming a new family brings questions, surprises, and joys, and listeners will discover why the New York Times calls Rebecca Stead a “writer of great feelings”.
“No author today observes the lives of young people more clearly, tenderly and gracefully.” (Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan)
“Stead really understands children’s inner lives.” (Newbery medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Hello, Universe and You Go First)
I gave this book to the parents and daughter book club I run, and two of the kids read it twice in a week. I arrived late before our next meeting, started it on Thursday night, finished it on Friday morning, and have no regrets for staying up late and getting up early to get it done. In fact, I think I could actually re – read it before we meet on Monday. So interesting and lovely – a treasure. A story so natural with characters so realistic that I’m surprised they weren’t in the same room as me. Read this book and you will make new friends.
I bought this book for my daughter, who is 11 years old. Since the plot somewhat reflects events in our family, I read it before giving it to her. What a wonderful, accessible story. The characters all have depth and it tackles some of the really tough issues in life perfectly for the ‘twelve’ age group. My daughter read half of the book and really enjoyed it. We’ll be looking for other books by Rebecca Stead.
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