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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Aug 15, 09

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It's 1978. Twelve-year-old Miranda lives in New York City, walking to school each day with her best friend Sal and reading A Wrinkle in Time more times than she can count. But then everything changes. Sal refuses to walk to school with Miranda. And Miranda starts finding notes left for her in strange places. Notes that caution her not to tell anyone about them. Notes that seem to predict the future. And if Miranda can figure out who's leaving the notes and what they're telling her to do, she might be able to prevent a tragic death.

Rebecca Stead paints a complete picture of Miranda's life in late-70s NYC. Once I got into the story I couldn't put it down. The setting and time period evoke the books I read as a child (Harriet the Spy, etc.). The narration switches back and forth between present and past tense, but never in a way I found confusing. There are twists and turns and the ending is immensely satisfying. I kind of want to pick it up and read it again right now.

Full review on my blog:
http://abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/200...
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