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
"[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)
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!
My 11 year old son and I were completely transfixed by the story. Tightly woven, engaging, and a brilliant thought exercise on time travel. Trippy in the best way and filled with lovable, imperfect characters. I was particularly happy with the adult characters who were crafted with uncommon respect and connectedness. We are ordering her new book right now!
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 !!
If you are even thinking about listening or reading this book I highly recommend you read "The Mixed-up Files of Basil E. Frankwiler" . Anyway "When You Reach Me" is well thought out and I absolutely love Cynthia Holloway and Rebecca Stead oh and if you like surprises and when things don't make sense and then they clear up , this is the story for you.
I love this book! Its the absolute best. I love how its partially a mystery in the beggining.
NONE!!! Its so original.
WUT IS THIS QUESTION????
I was in heaven
G FREAKIN G!!!
It was truly amazing, I can relate to this book so much and I recommend this book to anyone who dreams of hearing a truly lovely story, this book was well narrated and the performance+story was beautiful.
This is a fascinating story about childhood - both the joy and frustration. And about time travel cleverly woven into the story.
This was a thoroughly well done performance. The narrator's voice fits Miranda's character well. The book is magical, makes you think, and generally fun. I highly recommend it!
I read this because my student had to read it. He said it was boring. It had a slow beginning but steadily improved. I found the story predictable but I'm not sure I would have had the same thoughts as a 10 year old. It leaves me wondering what Sal needed to do in the intervening years.
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