When You Reach Me

By Rebecca Stead
(Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385737425, 199pp.)

Publication Date: July 14, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
“Shut out by her best friend, Sal, sixth-grader Miranda has to navigate the complicated and sometimes dangerous world of friendships, family, and late-1970s New York City. Rebecca Stead adds just the right mix of the fantastical to this stellar coming-of-age story.”
-- Emily Fear, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Pittsburgh, PA


Description
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.



About the Author
Rebecca Stead ("Plan B") went to the kind of elementary school where a person could sit on a windowsill or even under a table to read a book, and no one told you to come out and be serious. After trying to be serious as a lawyer for a while, she decided to be a full-time writer. Her bookWhen You Reach Mewas awarded the Newbery Medal in 2010 and was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her family.


NPR
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009

The end of another year means another giant stack of books you missed during the past 12 months. Nancy Pearl, our favorite librarian, stops by to share recommendations that should keep old, young and 'tween readers content. More at NPR.org

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