When You Reach Me
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.
JLG Release: Sep 2009
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*
Junior Library Guild
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.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 4.5; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.6; Points: 11;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,