WHEN YOU REACH ME -- a lovely, clever, and mesmerizing tale that captures the interior monologue of kids who are starting to recognize the complexities of friendship, family, class, and identity
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009, Wendy Lamb Books; 210 pages)
Sixth-grader Miranda lives in 1978 New York City with her mother, and her life compass is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. When she receives a series of enigmatic notes that claim to want to save her life, she comes to believe that they are from someone who knows the future. If that’s the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
Though labeled as a J book, Rebecca Stead deploys some intensely thought-provoking ideas in this Newberry Medal-winning book. It is a book that begs to be read more than once, as the story contains many complex and fascinating elements.
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