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When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

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When You Reach me is a heart renting, suspenseful book. Through out the entire book I found myself feeling the suspense and anxiety that the reader was feeling. I was able to put myself in the shoes of Miranda when she was receiving multiple letters from a stranger. This story is very original and like nothing over ever read before. I would recommend this book for students age 10 and up. If you have read A Wrinkle it Time it will held you understand this book and follow the mysteries and suspense this book has in store for you. Once I finished this story, I was left wanting more and more of it. I wish that there was a sequel so i could finish the story and learn more about Miranda.
  lfasce1 | Dec 1, 2014 |
This smart and touching novel will appeal to science fiction fans and advanced readers by reimagining childhood and city life in a way that blurs the lines between reality and possibility. Set in the late 1970s and told through the eyes of twelve-year-old Miranda, When You Reach Me is a sci-fi story nestled into the world of everyday relationships. Miranda receives notes from a supposed time-traveler who asks her to write a letter describing the events leading to an accident in which a homeless man saves Miranda’s friend, Sal from being hit by a truck. Miranda must try to decipher these notes while coping with childhood friendships and her own changing family. She comes to realize that the homeless man is her friend, Marcus, who has traveled from the future to save Sal’s life, only to lose his own. The science fiction elements are depicted such that the reader is left wondering if they really happened or if they are a product of Miranda’s unreliable narration. As with many time travel narratives, the plot can be confusing, but the important points are made clear in the end. The pacing allows for high and low points in the action, while conveying the feeling that it is all leading up to something important. The conversational writing style is believable as the voice of a smart but confused pre-teen. When You Reach Me uses a sci-fi narrative to engage in a sophisticated exploration of who we are and how we treat one another, and it is sure to interest children and adults alike. Highly Recommended. Grades 5+ ( )
  kottenbrookk | Nov 12, 2014 |
Loved it! ( )
  Verkruissen | Nov 5, 2014 |
Miranda, an imaginative sixth-grader, lives in New York City with her mom. The reader gets to know her friends, teachers and even the homeless man on the corner through Miranda's eyes. As she and her mom's boyfriend work to get her mom ready to make an appearance on the game show, $20,000 Pyramid, Miranda shares her insecurities when it comes to her friendships and her place in her community. She learns to overcome feelings of embarrassment about her somewhat shabby apartment and her less than stylish clothes and hair. She really begins to see past all that and look at people as individuals, especially the homeless man that lives on the corner, the laughing man.

Miranda is also fascinated with A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. She is curious about time travel and how experiences relate to each other. She is growing up and trying to make sense of life.

I thought this was a fun book to read; but there were so many characters to keep up with, they all seemed to be a little diluted.

This book might cause students to want to read some of the fantasy books by Madeleine L'Engle.

A study of homelessness in our city might be called for. What causes people to become homeless?

A fun extension might be to set up a game of Pyramid. It's an older tv show and many of the students probably haven't seen it. Categories could be tied to areas of study in the classroom. ( )
  barbarapatt | Nov 2, 2014 |
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  mshampson | Oct 15, 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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