When You Reach Me
Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal
Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a ne...more
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this book is great. ...more
Miranda is a sixth grader who lives in New York City. Her life seems pretty normal. She has a best friend named Sal but that all chang ...more
There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of books I wish I’d written. Occasionally, I come across a book I should have written. This is a book I definitely should have written. It touched me to the core in that incredibly familiar way that seems to come from within, not the outside. Some details are ...more
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I was sitting at my desk in Tec class and I was reading the last book in the Mistborn Trilogy. When I was at the most intense scene, someone poked me on the shoulder.
"WOAH," I screamed. I was terrified, but I should have it was my clo ...more
It probably deserves more than three stars. But it ...more
#2 on Barnes & Noble's Top Ten Children's Books of 2009
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011
I feel like I'm missing something because every other review seems to be five stars. I liked the book. How could I not, when it references A Wrinkle in Time so often. I personally found the mystery to be easily solved. I like how the author weaved the clues in, but I found it to be very obvious and knew from the beginning from the book who it was and how it would work. I'm not ...more
Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me might change my mind.
The book takes place in 1979, a ...more
Miranda is twelve and lives in NYC with her mom. Her mom has rules about city living like never show your money on the street and always have your key out before you reach the front door. But Miranda has a trick of her own. "If I'm afraid of someon ...more
This intriguing modern day story draws inspiration from Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
When Miranda's mother unexpectedly fell pregnant during college, she put her studies on hold and took time out to care for her baby. Twelve years later mother and daughter are poor but happy together.
Miranda is a good girl, but like many her age her world is small and revolves mainly around herself. When strange notes appear which tell her about things that will happen in the future, she is intrigued. ...more
It's a little hard to give a synopsis of the story. 12-year old Miranda's best friend Sal suddenly stops talking to her. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda start ...more
Read it again. Just as good the second time.
7/29/2014: My fourth read! Always amazing, but this time was really cool. My niece is at my house for a few days. She has to read this over the summer for school! We stayed up all night reading it right to the end. We both loved it. My vo ...more
On the negative side, I didn't really like the characters and the prose, while good, was not as engaging as I would have liked. That could very well be simply the result of its aiming for a younge ...more
The story is about Miranda, who lives with her mom in New York, and whose favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, which is one of my favorite books, too. Her mom wants to get on the $ ...more
I loved the writing style with short chapters, most with titles that could be categories on The $20,000 Pyramid game show and applied in some way to the events in the chapter. The short chapters also moved the story alon ...more
This is the newest Newbery Medal Award Winner and I had actually wanted to read it before it had been nominated. This is a cleverly written "slice of life" tale that transcends age, gender, and race and is a great story that anyone and everyone can enjoy.
This book twists and turns and meanders about in such a fascinating way that you're quickly pulled into Miranda's and her friends' lives and what it's like to grow up in New York in the late '70s. Some of the observations that the auth ...more
I’ll never forget the day I learned the wonders of the Mobiüs strip…mathematics wasn’t my thing – I am a word nerd. So I was caught off guard when I was handed a thin blue strip of paper. “Now put a small twist in it like this,” he explained. “Next, bring the ends together and tape them, like so.” Then, I took my pencil, as instructed, and drew a thin carbon line, starting on the outside. I was stunned when I eventually connected it back and had one continuous stran ...more
I wasn't 100% sure, but I had a pretty good idea of the twist at the end. I think most will like this, but it won't blow you away. It's not some deep, insightful book. Miranda is nice. I like the overarching message she learns of kindness and empathy. The "lessons" learned by her mom aren't ...more
While the story is aimed at younger teens, I found it to be fantastically written. The beginning is a bit confusing at first but then things begin to make sense as the string is unraveled. Once the pieces of the puzzle fall into place we are left with a magnificently twisty plot and wonderful story.
The element of suspense never leaves the pages and the reader is constantly left wondering who is sending Miranda notes. And possibly, maybe, whether this has something to do with bending time.But ...more
I get why the time-traveller did what he did. What I don't understand AT ALL is why it was necessary to involve Miranda. I've charted out the travelling loop a number of times, and I don't know why the notes are addressed to Miranda, or why she needs to write any sort of letter. Because the time track should be identical in Timestream A as it is in Timestream B, right up until the moment a friend's life has to be saved. So rea ...more
I understand that this is geared toward a younger (MG) audience, but I felt like it was just to... simple. I guess as a reader and teacher, I need books to be more original than this. I need books that show the reader a little more respect. This is a ...more
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