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The List of Things That Will Not Change Reviews

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Rebecca Stead

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Andersen Press Ltd
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Publication date: 7 May 2020
ISBN: 9781783449378
  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
8 May 2020

"It may be a little sugary for some tastes, but Stead’s wisdom and empathy put paid to my lurking cynicism"

This is not a Jacqueline Wilson novel with feckless adults and borderline poverty; pretty much all the cast members are kind and comfortable and want everything to be all right. But its author, Rebecca Stead, also a New Yorker, is saying that anxieties are still real no matter how cosy and amicable the divorce. It holds the hand of the child with two homes who has nothing in the right place, interminable scheduling, and her own guilt and worries about the parent she’s not with. Bea, who also suffers from eczema, always seems to have an emotional itch to scratch.


5 stars out of 5

"(a) beautifully constructed, deceptively simple story"

For readers of eight-plus this month, The List of Things that Will Not Change (Andersen) from the Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead follows Bea, a girl adapting to life with separated parents, as her dad prepares to marry his boyfriend, Jesse. Bea is excited about acquiring a new sister, Sonia, but will Sonia be as keen? As Bea contends with guilt and anxiety and learns to cope with change, family love remains a constant...