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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Aug 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: re-read
Recommended to Susann by: Wendy
Read in July, 2012 , read count: 2

Re-read for VSC. Loved it just as much.

7-21-09 review:
Excellent novel, with an authentic 1978/79 Upper West Side setting. Miranda is full of common sense and is in a never-ending re-read of her favorite book, A Wrinkle In Time. Ergo, I warmed to her immediately. I also identified with her straightforward attitude towards her latchkey situation and her office-supplies-swiping working mom.

The mystery is engrossing, with clever clues scattered throughout. Mostly, though, I enjoyed watching Miranda's friendships develop. I thought Stead might be setting up for a mean girls/bullies typical situation, but instead she gives us kids who are realistic, imperfect, complex, and good-hearted.

I've seen a few reviews that make Westing Game associations, and I also see a connection with Zilpha Keatley Snyder, who is a master at blending fantasy/sci-fi elements with realistic situations.

Personal bonus: I only recently connected the dots and realized that I know Stead's mother. Read this in the hammock by the lake in Wisconsin.
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