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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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Quick read. I liked it, even though I didn't understand it! ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Great book. ( )
  euroclewis | Jun 8, 2016 |
A fast read that you should slow down to fully appreciate. Or reread. Beautifully written, with themes of friendship & parenting & coming-of-age, etc., with mystery, adventure, time travel (magic realism?), poignancy, and even humor. What's not to love?

I love how the title of Miranda's favorite book isn't revealed immediately - the reader gets the satisfaction of seeing how early she or he can figure it out. Of course I got it on the very first reference. ;) Yes, it's a minor attraction of the book, but it is a good example of how rewarding a careful read can be.

Don't read passively - books are not TV! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Miranda and Sal, Sal and Mirinda. Every thing stated to get complex when sal got punched for apsolutly no reason whatsoever. Sal starts ignoring mirinda, and every thing goes wrong. Mirinda's mom can't find their apartment key, the guy on the street starts to talk to Miranda, and wost of all she starts getting notes like this:
I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First you must write me a letter.
I like this book because it has a lot about time travel, something I am not yet familiar with. I recommend this book to all who like puzzles. ( )
  SophiaK31 | May 23, 2016 |
Summary: Miranda is used to navigating her New York neighborhood with the help of her best friend Sal. When Sal is jumped in the street, he begins to pull away from Miranda. Miranda receives a mysterious note and she believes she must save someone from death, although she isn't sure who. Miranda begins to learn more and more about herself and those around her as her she begins to realize what it takes to grow up.

Personal Reflection: Was an enjoyable book that was very well written. I thought it was age appropriate. It deserved to receive the honor of the Newberry Medal.

Classroom Extension:
1. Have each student write a letter to send to someone in the "future" to warn of something to come.

2. Have the students brainstorn to describe how the New York neighborhood and settings are different from their own.
  kerifreeman | Apr 19, 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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