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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead April 12, 2011

Cryptic notes, an absent best friend, sandwiches, and time travel.  These are all pieces of 12-year-old Miranda’s story.  Her mother is chosen to play on the $20,000 Pyramid game show right around the time Miranda gets the first mysterious note.  Her best friend Sal stops hanging out with her right around the time he is beaten up by the boy in the green Army jacket who knows a lot about time travel.  Throw in a lunch hour job at a sandwich shop and homeless man on the street corner and all that’s left is to figure out how the pieces fit together.

When You Reach Me handily blends realistic fiction with science fiction.  The characters were well done and the story, although a little far-fetched at the end, was enjoyable.  Recommended reading for upper elementary through adults.

Newbery Medal winner


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