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When You Reach Me | [Rebecca Stead]

When You Reach Me

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, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid 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 Miranda finds a mysterious note.

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Publisher's Summary

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.....

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, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid 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 Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. 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.

©2009 Rebecca Stead; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"[W]hen all the sidewalk characters from Miranda's Manhattan world converge amid mind-blowing revelations and cunning details, teen readers will circle back to the beginning and say,'Wow... cool.'" (Kirkus Reviews)
"[T]he mental gymnastics required of readers are invigorating; and the characters, children, and adults are honest bits of humanity no matter in what place or time their souls rest." (Booklist)

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    Brianna Boston, MA, USA 12-26-09
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    "Excellent intrigue story"

    This is a very interesting and exciting book. Really holds your attention and interest from thebeginning to finish. I will listen to it again, I am sure!I already have my older sister listening to it..and I suspect my Nona will want to hear it too! So, in my home, interest in this story is across ages 10 to 70! Great !!

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    Emily Austin, TX, United States 06-23-11
    Emily Austin, TX, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply fantastic!"

    I've been recommending this book to everyone I can, adult and children alike. I've listened to it twice already and enjoyed it tremendously. My six year old daughter loved it too (though I'm sure she didn't understand all of it). This book is my absolute favorite kind of book. A tautly written, tightly plotted story in which all the pieces only make sense after you've read the story.
    It was the best book I listened to (or read) last year!

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    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 03-29-15
    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 03-29-15

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    A great book with time Travel I loved the amount of thought going into the book and the way it blended together

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    I love the end of the book. It is very loud but soft at the same time. I loved it.

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    Amy 02-10-15
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    "Frannie gives it 4 1/2 stars out of five"

    4 1/2 stars. Very suspenseful! Do you believe in time travel? I liked all the cliffhangers a lot. Bravo!

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    Ive been listening to this with my kids on our drive to school each day. I finally bookmarked where we left off, and finished the book while I was at work. Yes, it is that good.

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    Amazon Customer Windsor, CA United States 01-27-15
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    "A Cleverly Thought Out Story"

    This book was complicated in a good way. With things that are obvious from the start, but become more complicated as the story progresses. When You Reach Me is perfect for those who enjoy puzzle-solving and observing the story closely.

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    Angela M Bennett 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    This book held my third and fifth grade boys' attentions. We'd wait before going into the school to finish some parts of the book.

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    Where does When You Reach Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was probably one of my favorite audiobooks that I have listened to. It was a pleasant read that had fun, memorable features, like the references to A Wrinkle in Time and the $20,000 Pyramid section headings. The characters were real people with fun quirks. I liked Richard's cheesy jokes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Miranda. I enjoyed seeing the story through her eyes and being part of the moments when she learned about others and gained empathy and greater understanding about them. She was easy to relate to.


    What about Cynthia Holloway’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to. She varied her voice well for the different characters; I could easily sense the age differences between the adults and kids in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the part during the assembly when Miranda realized that she was being selfish trying to keep Annemarie to herself instead of also being friends with Julia. I also like when helps Alice out by announcing that she has to go the bathroom. It was a funny, touching moment.


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