When You Reach Me

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Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 199 pages
258 Reviews
Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

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.
 

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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I like that it brings in a lot of different characters who are completely different from one another. I think that is really rare when so many ... Read full review

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This book was a good surprise. I had read a description of it, and it turns out that the description didn't do it justice. Miranda, the novel's protagonist, is a believable and realistic character ... Read full review

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Rebecca Stead is the author of First Light. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two sons.

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