Monday, September 1, 2014

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal
Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction & Poetry
2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner

My thoughts:
I am glad that I have already read A Wrinkle in Time more than once, because over the course of the novel Miranda retells the whole story to one of the other characters.  It is her favorite book and she just keeps rereading it.  Her teacher and her mother try to get her interested in other books, but she just keeps rereading the same copy of the book.

I loved that the book was set in the late 1970s.  No cell phones, they still had pay phones, kids walked to school by themselves and were allowed to leave the school at lunch time to go out to eat or go home.  It was a different world and one that might seem foreign to kids today.

Miranda keeps getting these notes that seem to be able to already know things that haven't even happened yet, but how is that possible.  Plenty of questions plague her.   Who is the laughing man, the one who keeps his head under the mailbox and practices kicking every day out on the corner?  Why doesn't her friend Sal want to be her friend anymore?  Who is the kid in the green army jacket?  Why do they keep having problems with a naked man running down the street outside the school?

It circles around and comes together along with the interplay in relationships with friends and the ups and downs of the secrets that we keep and the things we are afraid to say to one another.   

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375850868
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

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

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