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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Jan 04, 12

bookshelves: award-winner, junior-fiction, magic-realism, mystery
Read in December, 2010

Good blend of contemporary realism and magic realism. This is a great exploration of social interactions of tweens. Young readers will see themselves in the complicated uncertainties the main character must navigate with her friends, frenemies, and boy interests. The strange mysterious notes, stolen items, and coincidences although spooky,also serve as a reminder that there are bigger things out there than one’s personal problems and it broadens the scope of the book. The little hints of mystery and paranormal in the book allow the grace of wonder to lighten the burden of adolescent life.
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