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Rebecca Stead - Author

About the Author

Rebecca Stead is an American author who writes books for children and young adults. She won the 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature for her second novel, When You Reach Me.
Stead enjoyed writing as a child, but as she grew older she felt it was 'impractical' and became a lawyer instead. After years as a public defender she returned to writing after the birth of her two children.

On her website she credits her son with inspiring her to write a children's novel, but not in the way one would expect. For years she had collected story ideas and short stories on a laptop, which the child pushed off a table, destroying it and losing all her 'serious' writing. As a way to lighten her mood she began again with something light-hearted. The creation of First Light followed.

Featured books by Rebecca Stead

First Light

First Light

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Author: Rebecca Stead Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

A dazzling fantasy adventure set in a parallel world beneath the Arctic ice. Award-winning author Rebecca Stead's debut, now published in the UK for the first time.

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Other books by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2015

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it's the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily's new curves are attracting attention, and Tab is suddenly a member of the Human Rights Club. And then there's Bridge. She's started wearing cat ears and is the only one who's still tempted to draw funny cartoons on her homework. It's also the beginning of seventh grade for Sherm Russo. He wonders: what does it mean to fall for a girlas a friend? By the time Valentine's Day approaches, the girls have begun to question the bondsand the limitsof friendship. Can they grow up without growing apart? ';Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love.' The New York Times A Boston GlobeHorn Book Honor Book for Fiction Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, NPR, and more!

First Light

First Light

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

A dazzling fantasy adventure set in a parallel world beneath the Arctic ice. Award-winning author Rebecca Stead's debut, now published in the UK for the first time.

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Guys Read: Plan B

Guys Read: Plan B

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

Nathan has been locked in his room ever since it started growing back. Theyre going to come for him soon, so hes got precious little time to tell us what is happening. A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2012

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. The first day Georges (the S is silent) moves into a new Brooklyn apartment, he sees a sign taped to a door in the basement: SPY CLUB MEETING—TODAY!  That's how he meets his twelve-year-old neigh­bor Safer. He and Georges quickly become allies—and fellow spies. Their assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer's requests become more and more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?  ';Will touch the hearts of kids and adults alike.' —NPR Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's FictionNamed a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more!

First Light

First Light

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2010

PETER IS THRILLED to leave New York City to accompany his parents on an expedition to Greenland to study global warming. There he has visions of things that should be too far away for him to see.Generations ago, the people of Thea's community were hunted for possessing unusual abilities, so they fled beneath the ice. Thea needs help that only Peter can give. Their meeting reveals secrets of both their pasts, and changes the future for them both forever.From the Trade Paperback edition.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2009

"e;Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'"e;The Washington PostThis Newbery Medal winner that has been called "e;smart and mesmerizing,"e; (The New York Times) and "e;superb"e; (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist.Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn't know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a lettera true story, and that she can't share her mission with anyone.It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problembecause the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. Winner of the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable BookFive Starred ReviewsA Junior Library Guild Selection"e;Absorbing."e; People"e;Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward."e; The Wall Street Journal"e;Lovely and almost impossibly clever."e; The Philadelphia Inquirer"e;It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises."e; Publishers Weekly, Starred review

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