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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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  • Emily
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 06-23-11

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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 !!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Stellar

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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awesome

This book is very interesting And easy to follow with a good feel for the reader

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  • Ellen Ju
  • Seoul, Korea, Republic of
  • 12-02-17

One of mh favorite stories

I even like the title, and let me imagine my time travel and letters. I actually like the way Miranda's mother speaks.

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Nice book but..

It’s a good story line and a good story it’s self but the person who’s reading it is VARY monotone through ok the untied book 🤖

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Marissa louthh

This was a great book!!
It has a great plot to to it. You should read it too!

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Excellent and entertaining quick read

very well-written, Light reading with some very deep one line poignant messages. it will keep you thinking till the end.

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Great story for adults and kids

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

One of my all-time favorite young adult books.

Which character – as performed by Cynthia Holloway – was your favorite?

All of the characters were well developed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a very touching story.

Any additional comments?

I didn't want it to end. Narrator was great. At the end of a long road trip we sat in the car for an hour, listening to the end. When it was over my daughter and I sat in silence for a good ten minutes and did nothing but smile and say "wow" for the next hour. Highly recommended. I am 47 and my daughter is 12.

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Amazed

Lovely story and book. I enjoyed it very much.I hope the author makes a second book.