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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
    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 !!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    K. Frank San Anselmo, CA USA 06-22-15
    K. Frank San Anselmo, CA USA 06-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"

    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!

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    Stacy 05-30-15
    Stacy 05-30-15
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    "Good Read"

    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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    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 03-29-15
    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 03-29-15 Member Since 2015

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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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    Pam 02-23-15
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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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    Neve 02-03-15
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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
    Amazon Customer Windsor, CA United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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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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