It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house.
It turns out she's right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn't forget Livy, or her promise. He's been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can't remember who--or what--he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it's time to keep that promise.
Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.
Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship.
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'Realistic and compassionate...This is a layered, textured read, and adds to Rebecca Stead's growing list of consistently high quality novels. Highly recommended.' * Reading Time * `It is the true gift of the storyteller to take such age-old themes and issues and shine a light on them in such a way that it appears brand new.' * Magpies on Liar & Spy * A wonderful story, beautifully and realistically imagined but with a deft touch full of empathy and humour.' * Readings on Goodbye Stranger * `Rebecca Stead owns my heart, I swear. Her books just make me happy down to my toes.' * Alpha Reader on Goodbye Stranger *
Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for young readers including The Candymakers. Wendy lives in New Jersey. Rebecca Stead is the author of four books for children including the Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me. Rebecca lives in New York.