“The idea came from a girl — she was wearing cat ears, and I said ‘nice ears,'” she tells NPR’s Melissa Block. “And she said, ‘Thanks! I’ve been wearing them for a year! I don’t know why!’ And then she ran away.”
That girl and her cat ears helped inspire the central character of Stead’s new book, Goodbye Stranger. She says it’s about love, and how that helps three girls stay strong and stay friends through the difficulties of seventh grade. “They’re challenged a little bit, but it’s not one of those stories where the kids break up and come back together. They’re always there for one another … I think there’s a lot of comfort in reading a book like that.”
Written by : thunderchikin
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