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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge, Emily, and Tabitha have been best friends forever with only one best friend rule--No Fighting. But life in seventh grade brings lots of changes--new friends, new interests, and new conflicts. Will these girls make it through the struggles of seventh grade and still hold to their one rule? In the meantime, their struggles weave in and out with the story of an unnamed high school girl fighting against the pain of betrayal and broken friendships.

With her usual hint of mystery, Rebecca Stead creates a wonderful story of friendships and coming of age that middle grade readers, tweens, and teens can all appreciate. Her characters are unique and endearing, but each with something to which readers can relate. Goodbye Stranger is a realistic yet hopeful look at life during the tween years.

Recommended ages--10 and up

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