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When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

When you reach me (edition 2009)

by Rebecca Stead

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Title:When you reach me
Authors:Rebecca Stead
Info:New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2009.
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, mystery, life, time travel

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


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I loved this book. I finished it in a few hours and would recommend it to higher level 3rd graders up until middle school. The book takes a fantasy edge when the main character Miranda is trying to figure out who is leaving her notes that reveal private parts of her life. The story connects to the book "A Wrinkle in Time" which is a fantasy book. This is a chapter book which is why I would recommend it for advanced readers. The fantasy connection to "A Wrinkle in Time" can be difficult to follow and makes readers very engaged. The main theme of this book is family and friendship can take you a long way. At the end of the book Miranda finds out who has been leaving her notes and all of the loose ends in her life come together. I find this to be a crucial lesson for young people to learn, because the middle school age is such a tough one for young girls and boys. My favorite part of the book is when Miranda realizes who the laughing man is and reacts to it. "But at the same time, he'll understand that he saw his own death, which i have to think is a very hard thing." This makes her very mature, as death is a difficult thing for people to understand. I would highly recommend this book. ( )
  ahaver1 | Oct 18, 2016 |
This book is hands down one of the best books I have ever read! This story is about a teenager that learns about compassion,kindness, and the importance of friendship. She comes from a less fortunate situation, and lives with her mother. I made an instant connection, because my mother also put her career on hold when she had me at a young age. Miranda receives four mysterious letters which in my opinion is a bit creepy. The idea of time travel is brought up and this idea is reflected at the end when the homeless man saves Sal from the oncoming traffic, and the homeless man saves Sal and dies in return. Her mother gets what she wanted, and won the $20,000. This is an awesome book to have your students read because it shows writer's voice and a whole lot of mystery. ( )
  John_Spelce | Oct 11, 2016 |
This is a very good story for kids. It's a great way to get them interested in mysteries. I didn't even figure out the ending! ( )
  MinDea | Sep 13, 2016 |
A coming of age story about growing up and friendship. The book is a first person narrative with a surprise "mystery" twist at the end. With small clues throughout the story, you'll wonder how it is all going to come together. What does it mean? Who is leaving the notes? The story is simple yet packs a powerful punch that will leave you to ponder your own impact on the world. ( )
  standhenry | Aug 18, 2016 |
Cool plot connecting to Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time ( )
  TLDennis | Jul 30, 2016 |
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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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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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