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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Oct 07, 13

bookshelves: for-upper-elementary-kids, friendship, sad, science-fiction
Read in February, 2010

Things I really liked about this book: the 1970s setting, NYC, the $20,000 Pyramid, and the fact that I felt a little unsure of the story the whole time I was reading it. Where was the author trying to take us? Did I like any of these characters? What about the mom? I was never quite sure whether I was enjoying the book or not. Having finished it, I appreciate that. I liked the quirky intertwining of a shifting friendships story with a science fiction story. I liked that the sadness was tempered with good things. And I liked that I saw the ending coming but it still satisfied.
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Denise McQuillen I loved the creative way this book was written from the chapter titles to the mix of sci-fi, mystery and even the bit of historical perspective of the 70s. Although it would be helpful to read A Wrinkle in Time first, it is not all together necessary. I had to put the book down for a few days as I neared the last few chapters, for I didn't want it to come to an end. :)

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