When You Reach Me

Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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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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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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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!

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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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Summer reading gem

My 10 year old son selected When You Reach Me as one of his 3 summer reading books. He finished it in 2 days and raved that it was his best pick ever. He was excited to tell us all about what happened.

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Confusing

Too many sub-plots made the stew too rich for me and confusing at times. A Newberry winner does not mean it's a book all will enjoy.

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Terrible narration

The story probably would've been good, but my kids and I couldn't get past the terrible narrator.

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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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I loved this book because I thought it was mysterious. It had an action mystery, love, suspense, and so much more. I don’t know how you came up with this plot but it is a page turner. I loved the part about the mystery in every note the laughing man wrote. I was confused, excited, and surprised all at the same time. I could also connect with the main character. I almost felt as if I was her. I am definitely reading another one of your books. Thank you for this amazing read.

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The end makes it good

This book was slow going and took me a long time to get through. I’m glad I still finished because once things came together toward the end it was really a cool story!

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My 10 and 12 year old liked the tie in...

This was a family listen for us and we all really enjoyed it. Stead is great at treating her characters as whole beings, regardless of their age. She writes them as being complicated...which we all are. My 10 and 12 year old liked the tie in to one of their favorite books: A Wrinkle In Time (as did I) - but mostly we liked that things weren't sugar-coated.

None of us were huge fans of the narration as we found the interpretation of the mother to be distracting, but overall this story offered up a lot by way of plot twists and well defined characters.

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  • 11-06-19

Bad choice of narrator

This is one of my favourite books, so I bought the audiobook to re listen to it, however I found the choice of narrator to be a bit disappointing. The narration wasn't bad, as much as it really didn't fit the vibe and character of the book.