When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead

Miranda doesn't understand why her best friend Sal has stopped talking to her. She thinks it has something to do with his embarrassment at getting punched by a bully, and she hopes he will come around if she gives him some space. Then strange, mysterious notes begin to appear in odd places. Whoever is writing these notes knows things no one could possibly know and predicts that something horrible will soon befall a friend. Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal. Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. A 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book.

ISBN: 9780385906647

JLG Release: Sep 2009


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: The $20,000 Pyramid , Letter writing , Keys , Boyfriends , Miranda rights , A Wrinkle in Time , Mothers and daughters , Tenant meetings , New York City apartments , Street people , Getting punched , Safety rules , Being ignored , Friendship , Dentists , School offices , Time travel , Getting a job , Embarrassment , Moments of clarity , Two-dollar bills , Diets , Epilepsy , The space-time continuum , Sleepovers , Theft , Racists , Loss , Making up after a fight , Kindness , Kisses , Accidents , Rescues , Death , Understanding the truth , Police , Hiding , Television shows , Presents , Investigations , Seeing into the future

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Awards & Honors

Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal; Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry; Indies Choice 2010 Book of the Year, Middle Reader; 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers; Booklinks Lasting Connections 2009; Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2010; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010, Social Interactions/Relationships; Booklist The Best of Editors’ Choice 2009; 2009 Horn Book Fanfare List; Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2009; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2009

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

Sixth grader Miranda's life is an ordinary round of family and school. But when she starts receiving anonymous notes that seem to foretell the future, it's clear that all is not as it seems. The story's revelations are startling and satisfying but quietly made. Their reverberations give plenty of impetus for readers to go back and catch what was mi Sixth grader Miranda's life is an ordinary round of family and school. But when she starts receiving anonymous notes that seem to foretell the future, it's clear that all is not as it seems. The story's revelations are startling and satisfying but quietly made. Their reverberations give plenty of impetus for readers to go back and catch what was missed.

Junior Library Guild

From the first page, author Rebecca Stead’s fantasy/mystery grabs the reader’s attention by setting up a puzzle that will take the rest of the book to solve. Miranda, the main character, addresses someone who has apparently asked her to write her story as a letter. “You asked me to mention the key. If I ever do decide to write your letter, wh From the first page, author Rebecca Stead’s fantasy/mystery grabs the reader’s attention by setting up a puzzle that will take the rest of the book to solve. Miranda, the main character, addresses someone who has apparently asked her to write her story as a letter. “You asked me to mention the key. If I ever do decide to write your letter, which I probably won’t, this is the story I will tell you.” One by one the reader learns about the people who matter to Miranda and the time-traveling mystery that compels her to keep the narrative going.

As the story develops and previously unexplained relationships become clear, Stead expertly doles out pertinent information a little bit at a time, leaving the reader to wonder how the facts fit together. Don’t be surprised if readers want to immediately reread this book to reinforce how well it all ties together. Some of these details are references to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Readers don’t have to be familiar with L’Engle’s novel to understand When You Reach Me, but it’s interesting to note that both books share the themes of time travel, family, and belonging.

Expect Stead’s extraordinary novel to appeal to advanced readers who appreciate the complexity of a detailed, multi-layered story.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385906647

First Release

September 2009

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.6; Points: 11;

Lexile

Level 750L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Wendy Lamb

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

The $20,000 Pyramid, Letter writing, Keys, Boyfriends, Miranda rights, A Wrinkle in Time, Mothers and daughters, Tenant meetings, New York City apartments, Street people, Getting punched, Safety rules, Being ignored, Friendship, Dentists, School offices, Time travel, Getting a job, Embarrassment, Moments of clarity, Two-dollar bills, Diets, Epilepsy, The space-time continuum, Sleepovers, Theft, Racists, Loss, Making up after a fight, Kindness, Kisses, Accidents, Rescues, Death, Understanding the truth, Police, Hiding, Television shows, Presents, Investigations, Seeing into the future,

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