Rebecca Stead & Jeff Kinney Virtual Event

Even as things are changing, here’s what won’t change: great author talks from An Unlikely Story! Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm for a virtual event with Newbery award-winning author Rebecca Stead as she discusses her new book THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE with DIARY OF A WIMPY KID author Jeff Kinney.

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SEVEN STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now.

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

At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me.

After her parents' divorce, 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 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."

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

"No author writing today observes young lives with more clarity, tenderness, and grace." --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

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.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
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The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101938096
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

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Bob By Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead, Nicholas Gannon (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250308696
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2019

When You Reach Me: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375850868
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Published: Yearling - December 28th, 2010

Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375850875
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Published: Yearling - August 6th, 2013

First Light By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440422228
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Published: Yearling - October 14th, 2008

Guys Read: Other Worlds By Jon Scieszka, Greg Ruth (Illustrator), Rick Riordan, Tom Angleberger, D. J. MacHale, Rebecca Stead, Ray Bradbury, Shaun Tan, Neal Shusterman, Shannon Hale, Kenneth Oppel, Eric S. Nylund Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061963797
Published: Walden Pond Press - September 17th, 2013