The Boy on the Bridge
A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War. Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right? As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 145 x 211 x 25mm | 376g
- 30 Jul 2013
- Scholastic Press
Praise for CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS: "This book has a long shelf life ahead of it, and can be easily offered to any teen as an excellent read." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review "Humor abounds in the inner workings of this interesting and unusual family." --KIRKUS REVIEWS "Standiford makes reading about Baltimore high society and the flawed, pampered, but likable Sullivans feel like a wickedly guilty pleasure. . . . Readers will wish that more family members had confessions to make." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "[A] sweet and charming new novel." -- VOYA
About Natalie Standiford
Natalie Standiford is the author of HOW TO SAY GOOD-BYE IN ROBOT, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS, THE SECRET TREE, and THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE. She is originally from Maryland, but now lives in New York City and plays in the all-YA-author band Tiger Beat.