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When You Reach Me

Miranda's life is starting to unravel Her best friend Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason and he shuts Miranda out of his life The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden fo One of the most impressive things to me about middle grade literature is how much power their books can punch with so little pages It still astounds me As older people I guess we tend to over explain and over analyze Thank goodness there are authors that can still capture the feel of being a kid growing up and how simultaneously painful and wonderful it can beMiranda is a sixth grader who lives in New York City Her life seems pretty normal She has a best friend named Sal but that all changes one day Miranda is feeling all muddled and confused but what she does know is that she lost her best friend and can t seem to piece together why This was not the best time to lose a friend because Miranda keeps on receiving these mystery notes The person writing the notes seems to know what is happening before it actually does But how can that be And why the urgency and why her The story s timeline at least for me was confusing at first It s told through flashbacks but the reader periodically comes back to the present where Miranda s mom has been selected to be on The 20000 Pyramid I loved how the parent figures were an important part to the story as a whole Miranda s mother and her boyfriend play vital roles in her life and though they might not know everything that is going on you can tell through the pages that they love her dearly Then there is the atmosphere of the school and Miranda s classmates I didn t grow up in 1978 or in New York but I felt the atmosphere and the tone of the relationships so well that I got caught up in Miranda s plight easily Throughout the story Miranda is reading her favorite book A Wrinkle in Time This book is a kind of homage to A Wrinkle in Time By the way if you haven t read that book yet you should it s excellent tooWhat makes the story so great is the little things Seeing Miranda help her mom prepare for the game show the description of Sal playing basketball every day Miranda talking about time travel with Marcus the boys who taunt people across the street the weird shapes on Miranda s bathroom floor Colin hiding the bread and I could go on and on It reflects real life right A lot of times the little things add up to be something big and meaningful I commend the author for not talking down to the reader I don t ever think authors do this on purpose but I can tell she respects the reader and knows that kids can surprise us with how much they can process and understand Most importantly even though I don t necessarily have Miranda s personality or history this book reminded me of how it felt like to be in sixth grade again

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Lises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know 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 Beautiful just beautiful I loved this book so much The writing style was marvelous I loved the main character So many people told me to read this book and I finally did The plot was different and uniue This is how I found out about this book2 Days Ago I was sitting at my desk in Tec class and I was reading the last book in the Mistborn Trilogy When I was at the most intense scene someone poked me on the shoulder WOAH I screamed I was terrified but I should have known it was my close friend Thanu Sorry I didn t mean to scare you You re so into the book you don t even notice what is happening right in front of youshe said I know it s just SO INTERESTING I said I have this thing I want to show you she said with a huge smile on her face What is it you seem really excited I said Thanu grabs her backpack and pulls out a book She clasped the book and showed me the cover her smile brightened When You Reach Me Show me the summary it looks so different The book is so tiny I said and I grab for the book But before I could reach it my friend moved away Thanu was hugging the book against herself and she looked like she was in the middle of a dream The book is so good man You won t understand until you read it You better read it and finish it by tonight It has time travel and everything So magical so beautiful she exclaimed So I attempted to grab the book again but she moved away Her grip tightened on the book and I stared at the book No man it s just really good I loved it so much I stayed up reading it and I finished at 1200 PM My mom started yelling at me but the book was so good so it was worth it The main character is kinda like you I don t know I can t wait for you to read it she was talking super fast Okay But you have to give me the book first I want to read the summary and see what the hype is about I said Thanu sighs and passes the book over and I grab it before she could change her mind When I was reading the summary I understood why the book was so good I had to read it as soon as I could Soo Whatdya you think she asked It sounds really good I ll read it as soon as I ca I said before I was interrupted TONIGHT she screams When you are finished the book call meBack to my review The book follows a girl named Miranda who is best friends with a boy named Sal One day when Sal and Miranda were walking together Sal gets punched by another boy Ever since that day Sal avoided Miranda and they haven t hung out Later on someone found Miranda s spare key to her apartment But instead of stealing something the person sent Miranda a note The person who was writing the notes knew Miranda s name and mentioned something about saving one from a tragic death But in order for Miranda to do that she had to write a note in reply to the person s note When I was about to read the book I kept thinking that I knew what was going to happen in the end But all my predictions were wrong I was so shocked and when I finished the book I had to sit down and think It was just so unusual and I was so amazed I called my friend and we talked about the book and now I understand why she loved the book The plot was complex and different from the usual stories I read I know you might think I say that to every book but there are so many books out there that are different While other books are so similar to each other It was fast paced and I didn t want to put the book down I wanted to know the ending of the story so I kept reading Now I understand my friend and why she was so excited for me to read this book Although I loved the characters the main point of the story was the plot I like the characters but I am not attached to them I laughed at some of the things that the characters said I don t know why my friend said the main character was kinda like me I felt like we were so different from each other But I liked her anyway I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fast paced novel Anyone who wants to go an adventure with Miranda and find out the answers to all the uestions

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R emergencies is stolen And then a mysterious note arrives'I am coming to save your friend's life and my ownI ask two favours First you must write me a letter'The notes keep coming and Miranda slowly rea First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old and I ve never been able to write a true or worthy review for it I can t even tryThere are dozens maybe hundreds of books I wish I d written Occasionally I come across a book I should have written This is a book I definitely should have written It touched me to the core in that incredibly familiar way that seems to come from within not the outside Some details are off of course but the gist is precisely what I would have written had I thought of it firstI inhaled this book and read it in one day which is highly unusual for me but used to be typical when I was much younger It was a joy to read If I d read this when I was 10 11 12 I suspect I d have loved it even The time travel part was exuisitely done New York too 1979 also the kids were completely believable as were the adults Memories of mine surfaced never forgotten but powerfully brought to the present This might not be a perfect book but I had a near perfect experience reading it I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along with Miranda I felt a deep emotional involvement which I love feeling when I read a bookAnd I sure wish I had Miranda s gift bookIt also has the most lovely and meaningful dedication page I ve seen in agesI emailed a childhood friend who also has always loved A Wrinkle in Time the second I finished this book to insist she has to read itI do think readers who haven t read and enjoyed Madeleine L Engle s A Wrinkle in Time can enjoy this book but I would suggest reading L Engle s book before picking up this one it will mean so much This was a wonderful day thanks to this bookEdited the next day to addMany parts are very funnyUnlike many cross genre books readers don t have to appreciate all the genres one will suffice realistic middle school fiction or science fiction time travel either will work Also recommended for those who appreciate friendship stories and family stories Really if you know the book A Wrinkle in Time add this book to your to read list If it s already on your list bump it up It won the Newbery and this is one of the times when the book is deserving of the award


About the Author: Rebecca Stead

I love books but don't feel like stars capture what I want to say about them Many of the books on my list are in my opinion amazing Some I didn't like But I give them all five stars because stars make people including me happy Confused Me tooIf you want to talk about any book I've read I'm here



10 thoughts on “When You Reach Me

  1. says:

    a super short review karenstylesomeday i am going to venture down to the second floor where the kidsteen section is and i am going to grab a whole bunch of books that i like and i am going to just shelve them in my adult

  2. says:

    I know now that if I want to be completely surprised I just have to read middle school books Ironically books for kids seem to have the most profound meanings This book is sunshine and sunset combined beautiful and heartb

  3. says:

    One of the most impressive things to me about middle grade literature is how much power their books can punch with so little pages It still astounds me As older people I guess we tend to over explain and over analyze Thank goodness there are authors that can still capture the feel of being a kid growing up and how simult

  4. says:

    W H O ATo say those last couple of chapters caught me off guard is an understatement I’m stunned and or because of I found myself getting really emotional towards the end Just so goodRead in one dayrating ★

  5. says:

    First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old and I’ve

  6. says:

    I’ve been struggling over how to begin this review I want to get it exactly right I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to

  7. says:

    Beautiful just beautiful I loved this book so much The writing style was marvelous I loved the main character So many people told me to read this book and I finally did The plot was different and uniue This is how I found out about this book2 Days Ago I was sitting at my desk in Tec class and I was reading the

  8. says:

    Newbery Winner 2010 #2 on Barnes Noble's Top Ten Children's Books of 2009Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010 2011I feel like I'm missing something because every other review seems to be five stars I liked the book How could I not when it references A Wrinkle in Time so often I personally found the mystery to be easily solved I like how the author weaved the clues in but I found it to be very obvious and knew from the beginning from the

  9. says:

    I almost did not read this book I knew it was targeted for a younger audience but I didn’t realize just how young I kept vainly searching for it in the teenagers’ section where I was already a bit embarrassed to be spotted When I realized I

  10. says:

    This book was so goodThis is a book that kept coming up over the years in different book podcasts that I listened to I finally got to it as I was looking for a shorter audiobook to finish before I leave for vacation This fit the bill perfectly For some reason I didn't realize it was a middle grade book but certainly left nothing out for meMiranda is your average 12 year old girl trying to find her way in NYC Her mom is a

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