Stead, R. (2015). Goodbye stranger. Boston: Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors.
Commentary: The characters in the story are all very relatable. They are in middle school and are plagued with the problems of any adolescent readers. There are multiple story lines that help to give us a more well-rounded view of the whole story. The theme of this story seems to be that there was a reason people were put on this earth. Bridge believes there is a reason she was allowed to live through her near fatal accident.
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Similar Books: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King; By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters; The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Textbook Connections: In Goodbye Stranger, we see characters that are growing and developing in different ways under differing circumstances.