61 pages 2 hours read

Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2015

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Essay Topics


Analyze the structure of the novel, particularly the alternating narrative voices that make up the main storyline. How do the interjecting voices of Sherm and Celeste add or detract from Bridge’s narrative and thematic arc?


Stead uses sensory imagery pervasively throughout the story, particularly the sense of smell and touch. How do these details help the reader engage with the story and characters? Identify and analyze three examples of characters using one or more of their five senses during a key thematic moment in the book.


How does Stead use adults and parental figures to support the younger characters in the narrative? Discuss the way authority figures, such as parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators, influence the storyline and act as either positive or negative influences on the characters.

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