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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me (edition 2009)

by Rebecca Stead, Cynthia Holloway (Reader)

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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
I thought this book was fascinating and at times confusing. I was challenged because I didn't want to believe in the concept of "time", although I was bouncing back and forth from skeptic to believer. The main character Miranda tells the story of a period in time of her life. She has a great and warm relationship with her mother, friends, teachers and the characters around her school. So, it was eye-opening how this book could turn into Sci-Fi. I can't say I have read many books like this, it still was enjoyable because it presents a sense of mystery and web-system between the characters. The avid reader would not put this book down because it is interesting but it would present a small challenge to the casual reader. I thought there are many issues that could be discussed in a classroom (single parents, step-parents, mental illness, bullying, race, neighborhood dynamics and science). Not to give away more of the book. But "travel" is a term that originates in popular genre, it could be used to discuss Albert Einstein because he was a believer of it. And he was one the wicked-smartest people in history. So how could it not exist. And I think that is what the author wants from its reader. The thought of what "we" believe and choose to look into believing.
Good book.....one for my library.
Topics for discussion: race, single parent, divorce, mental illness, family structure, coming of age, relationship(S), ( )
  Adrian.Gaytan | Oct 5, 2014 |
_When You Reach Me_ by Rebecca Stead is a Newberry Award Medal winner from 2009. Essentially, it is the story of 12 year old Miranda and a series of mysterious notes left for her which prophesy a dangerous event. The writer has ostensibly seen these events unfold before because s/he is a time traveler. A little creepy, a little funky, this book could appeal to a wide audience, although perhaps not the one it is intended for.

While Scholastic.com's "Book Wizard" ballparks the reading level of this book at 4.6 (call it 5th grade), the interest level is actually a bit older (Scholastic puts it at 6th-8th grade). I would posit however that, although 6th-8th graders would be drawn to the characters because their age is approximately the same, some of the deeper themes in _When You Reach Me_ would still not resonate fully with that audience. Miranda's complicated relationship with her mother (and Mom's with her long-term beau, Richard), for instance, makes sense to adult eyes but may be lost to kids. We watch the awkwardness unfold as friendships and old relationships change in early adolescence, jealousy and "mean girl" mentality fuels actions, and the degree to which grief and loss can unhinge a person will float over adolescent heads. Could this book be a springboard for teaching these complex themes? Sure - possibly in a 12th grade elective, but it would be tough to sell a book written at a 5th grade level to administrators.

I personally enjoyed _When You Reach Me_ but I would have a tough time "selling" this book to it's intended audience. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Sep 14, 2014 |
This book was very intriguing, although I was not the intended age group for the book. The plot is well-written, and it keeps the reader guessing for what is going to happen next, especially with the appearance of the mysterious notes. Is this a tale of fantasy, or could it be a wishful life of a depressed tween, who is in despair of the real world, and writes notes to herself and entries in her diaries to create a better world. It depends on how you see it, but I think both opinions are valid. ( )
  Emanbella | Aug 30, 2014 |
A girl starts receiving mysterious notes. This book is a fun, light puzzle for fans of science-fiction. ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 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
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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.

-- Albert Einstein

The World As I See It (1931)
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.
"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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