The List of Things That Will Not Change
When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves ...more
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1. Rebecca Stead writes pitch-perfect middle grade.
2. She really GETS how kids think and act, especially around guilt and anxiety.
3. She writes vivid characters who jump off the page.
4. She writes warm, loving families of all kinds.
5. THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE is a book you won't want to put down, even after you've finished.
But two years after the divorce, Dan is getting married again. And things are changing at a whirlwind rate.
I have loved all of Rebecca Stead’s books that I’ve read: Newbery Award-winning When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy and Bob. And now The ...more
The ending of the book brings you back to the beginning where Bea told a short story. The whole book is told through her viewpoint. She talks about troubling things with friends at school, getting a new sister when her dad remarries and problems with her cousins. The book is an easy read and can easily be ...more
The List of Things I Liked About This Book:
1. Bea is extremely thoughtful. She doesn’t skirt details. Even the most minor things. I said, Stead digs deep. Maybe deeper than any middle grade first-person novel I can remember reading.
2. Bea’s telling of her story feels genuine. Like a kid telling you a ...more
Rebecca Stead does it again.
There's no doubt in my mind that this lovely book will be nominated for awards.
The List of Things That Will Not Change captures the beautiful complexity of families: making new ones, changing existing ones, coming together, falling apart. Extended families, blended families, single parents.
It's exceedingly rare for a middle-grade novel to explore LGBTQ themes, but Stead ...more
10-year old Bea has largely adjusted to the big changes in her life — 2 years before her parents divorced so that her father could be the gay man he had always known himself to be. Bea alternated living with each parent day by day and weekend by weekend. Now her father and his boyfriend Jesse are getting married and Bea might be ...more
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The story arch truly follows the perspective of the main character, with no omniscient narrator and no manipulation through 'adult wisdom'. An adult reader may be able to see, and fear, the ramifications of her actions, but Bea can't, and it makes this book magical.
Bea's parents are divorced, but she keeps a list that reassures her that her life is still okay. They have shared custody, and live close to each other, so she is able to keep herself fairly organized, although having two reminders about school projects would help. Her father has a posh restaurant, Beatrice, and his partner, Jesse works there. Jesse's sister Sheila frequently babysits her. She has good friends in Lizette and Angus, and sees a therapist, Miriam, to ...more
This is a chronicle of her reflectios of her past and evolving current situation.
In her short past she has some regrets. Well, don’t we all! The birthday party where she played musical chairs and when no chair was a available when the music stopped, she pushed her best friend off a chair so not to lose. Her friend forgave her, but his mother still holds a grudge over it.
When she was eight, her mother and father called her in for a meeting and ...more
Rebecca Stead continues to cement her position as one of the most reliably excellent middle grade and tween fiction writers, producing another relatable but quirky work. The List of Things That Will Not Change is about feisty fifth-grader Bea's ups and downs navigating the complexity of contemporary families. Her parents are divorced and though she knows their love for her is steadfast, she struggles at times to reconcile ...more
Divorce, remarriage, homophobia, anxiety, and above all LOVE. This book is destined to be a hit with individuals and teachers for group read aloud. There is so much to unpack in this slim novel!
Bea has a lot going on, but luckily she is wrapped in love—love from her mom, her dad, her dad’s fiancé Jesse, her aunt-to-be and babysitter Sheila and her friends. ...more
It was a cute story.
I enjoyed the fact that Bea was seeing a therapist and had interesting insights and ways to describe anger and other things she was feeling. I think that’s healthy for middle grade readers to see. I also connected to her because I, too, desperately wanted a sister when I was growing up(had two brothers then ended up having three sons-what the heck, Universe?!).
This book is also full of lovable characters. You cannot hemp but love her mom and dad and how they are ...more
Bea and her charming family will win you over in Rebecca Stead's sweet middle grade novel, The List of Things That Will Not Change. Bea's dad is about to get married to his partner Jesse and Bea is keen to have Jesse's daughter as her new sister.
A lot of important topics are woven into the storyline, including dealing with worries, same-sex marriages, blended families, and getting along with others, but the ...more
But more than anything, the book is so layered. A story of family love that is changing and evolving seems to be the initial ...more
What I really loved about this book is how deeply we feel along with Bea as she goes through many life changing events. Her parents divorce, her father is about to remarry a man, she makes mistakes that anger her friends or classmates, and she is mistreated by friends and family as well.
The List of Things That Will Not Change is a list in the book that keeps Bea grounded. When life feels a little ...more
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