When You Reach Me (Stead, Rebecca) Hardcover – 14 July 2009
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"[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, Starred review
"[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, Starred review
"Closing revelations are startling and satisfying but quietly made, their reverberations giving plenty of impetus for the reader to go back to the beginning and catch what was missed." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred review
"This unusual, thought-provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers." —School Library Journal, Starred review
"It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises." —Publishers Weekly, Starred review
[T]he believable characters and unexpected ending invite readers to ponder the extraordinary that underlies the ordinary in this fictional world and in their own.” —The Washington Post
"Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward." —The Wall Street Journal
“Incandescent.” —The Washington Post
"Smart and mesmerizing." —The New York Times
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- Publisher : Wendy Lamb Books; 1st edition (14 July 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385737424
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385737425
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 318 g
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.01 x 21.74 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #585,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is such a perfect sci-fi/mystery book for people of all ages.
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At any rate, I'd read it in under three hours, and enjoyed it very much. From an adult perspective, it's more of a novella, which is fine, but, to my mind, the length was just right. I quite like reading (nearly) YA books from time to time. The audience forces authors to stick fairly closely to the point, avoiding too many digressions.
The story takes place in 1979 (or does it? hehe). Miranda (12) lives in New York City with her mother in an apartment. The story begins as, for reasons she knows not, her male friend (Sal) who she's known all her life no longer wants to talk to her. She makes some new friends and starts to receive bizarre notes on small scraps of paper.
The story develops quickly and, bizarrely, for me, having just finished, as noted, a mammoth science fiction trilogy, morphs into neat little SciFi tale. I'm not quite sure why the author set the book in 1979 - perhaps to avoid the characters having mobile phones (which they would do these days) and to avoid having to put too much in the book about `stranger danger' and the (what would now be seen as) malevolent overtones to someone sending messages to a 12-year-old girl.
At any rate, this is a delightful, insightful, clever, well-written, poignant book. Highly recommended to all readers from 10 to 100!
This is a short, easy to read piece of fiction, that is funny, moving and sad with some very profound things to say about the nature of friendship, and utterly, utterly brilliant to boot!