Tuesday, February 23, 2016

When You Reach Me

Stead, Rebecca.  When You Reach Me.  NY: Wendy Lamb Books, c2009.  197 pages.  Winner of the Newbery Award for 2010.

If you are a fan of A Wrinkle in Time, you will love this book.  Miranda is in 6th grade and she is looking back at a tragedy, trying to make sense of it all.  She thinks things started to go wrong when her best and only childhood friend, Sal, gets punched by a neighborhood boy.  Sal stops hanging out with Miranda, and bewildered, Miranda turns to Annemarie and Colin.  In the meantime, Miranda's mom is preparing to be a contestant on the 20,000 Pyramid tv show.  When cryptic notes begin to show up, Miranda gets the vague feeling that something bad is going to happen. but as events occur, Miranda doesn't realize that they are clues to the mystery.
Though Miranda is 12 and this takes place in the 1970's, this is an enjoyable read for any age reader who likes a mystery or can identify with the times and the nostalgic things mentioned.

Recommended for anyone junior high and older.

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