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While different in content and audience, both books this week take an honest look at mistake-making and forgiveness. Rebecca Stead explores dearly held friendships at a time of tremendous growth and change (seventh grade!). In his confessional memoir for older readers, Jack Gantos opens up about a disastrous adolescent decision that ultimately leads to his origins as a writer. Both works are funny and sincere, with a touch of mystery and suspense. Respond to either work at the post linked below.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

Lauren Adams About Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams teaches English and ELL at Natick High School and adolescent literature at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Formerly a Senior Editor for The Horn Book Magazine, she regularly contributes book reviews.

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