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When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

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A girl starts receiving mysterious notes. This book is a fun, light puzzle for fans of science-fiction. ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 2014 |
Miranda's best friend, Sal, is avoiding her, and now these mysterious notes keep appearing. What do they mean? Who is sending them? Will Sal ever come around? And what is with the crazy man on the corner?

I absolutely loved this book! One of my favorites, I cannot wait to re-read it again and again! ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 30, 2014 |
Desi, remember in 4 years that you wrote a more complete review of this book and it's going to be in your dropbox account.

You want to use this book with students so that they can have the joy of looking for the clues that lead to the big reveal at the end. Hook into that interest to discuss other points about character development.

Don't forget the ideas that you and Kellie and the class came up with. (Artful Thinking about Beginning, Middle, End; Utilize the cross-curricular connections; explore Mrianda's character arc; body biography of young/old Marcus, pair with The The Machine or Wrinkle in Time.

MIddle school and up can easily read ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 27, 2014 |
Quite the brainteaser book! Although the concept of time travel is a tricky one, I can just imagine the amazing discussions the novel would prompt in a classroom. Stead keeps the readers guessing until the very end, and her brilliant writing makes me thirsty for a re-read! ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 27, 2014 |
This beautiful, uplifting book can reach various types of readers at different ages. It is an endearing and quirky mystery that kept my mind spinning. Stead uses relatable and authentic characters to lead us through a journey where time and place intertwines with life experiences and unexplainable events. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 23, 2014 |
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This book has a very nice climax when given. Exciting and has much significance to it. Symbolic and wonderful.
added by GraceDaniels | editNew York Times, Grace Daniels (Feb 14, 2014)
 
...a story in which characters really come alive during those few months we spend with them, when their lives are shaped for ever.
 
In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance. A hybrid of genres, it is a complex mystery, a work of historical fiction, a school story and one of friendship, with a leitmotif of time travel running through it. Most of all the novel is a thrilling puzzle. Stead piles up clues on the way to a moment of intense drama, after which it is pretty much impossible to stop reading until the last page.
 
Eventually and improbably, these strands converge to form a thought-provoking whole. Stead ('First Light') accomplishes this by making every detail count, including Mirandas name, her hobby of knot tying and her favorite book, Madeleine LEngles 'A Wrinkle in Time'. Its easy to imagine readers studying Mirandas story as many times as shes read LEngles, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises.
added by sduff222 | editPublishers Weekly (Jun 22, 2009)
 
Stead's novel is as much about character as story. Miranda's voice rings true with its faltering attempts at maturity and observation. The story builds slowly, emerging naturally from a sturdy premise. As Miranda reminisces, the time sequencing is somewhat challenging, but in an intriguing way. The setting is consistently strong. The stores and even the streets–in Miranda's neighborhood act as physical entities and impact the plot in tangible ways. This unusual, thought-provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal, Caitlan Augusta
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rebecca Steadprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackall, SophieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holloway, CynthiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.

-- Albert Einstein

The World As I See It (1931)
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To Sean, Jack, and Eli,

champions of inappropriate laughter, fierce love,

and extremely deep questions
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So Mom got a postcard today.
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"It's the jumping, from one diamond to the next, that we call time, but like I said, time doesn't really exist. Like that girl just said, a diamond is a moment, and all the diamonds on the ring are happening at the same time. It's like having a drawer full of pictures."
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This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart.
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, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
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As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.… (more)

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