When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me
Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385737425, 199pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
This Newbery Medal winner that has a fantastic puzzle at its heart has been called -smart and mesmerizing, - (The New York Times), -superb- (The Wall Street Journal), and -incandescent- (The Washington Post).
When Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, she doesn't know what to do.
The notes tell her that she must write a letter, a true story, and that she can't share her mission with anyone--not even her best friend, Sal.
It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that's the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem--because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
-Lovely and almost impossibly clever.- --The Philadelphia Inquirer
Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction
A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2009:
"[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.'"
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2009:
"[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."
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, July & August, 2009:
"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."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2009:
"This unusual, thought-provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 22, 2009:
"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."
Review, People Magazine, July 13, 2009:
Review, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009:
"Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward."
Review, The Washington Post Book World, July 15, 2009:
Review, The New York Times Book Review, August 16, 2009:
"Smart and mesmerizing."
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