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When You Reach Me

5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, MCBA 2011-2012, Mystery, Realistic, Science Fiction

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Recommended for: Grades 5 – 8

2010 Newbery Award Winner
Sixth grader Mira’s world is changing. First, her best friend Sal suddenly and inexplicably stops talking to her. Then, she finds herself becoming friends with Annemarie, a wealthy and popular girl that had never paid her much attention before. Mira gets her first “job” and has her first crush. She is figuring out her place in the world, her place at school, and her place within her family.

Then, Mira finds a mysterious note hiding in her library book. It is for her, and written by a stranger who knows a lot about Mira’s life. In fact, this person seems to know what is going to happen in the future. And even more strange and worrying, this person says he needs Mira’s help to save Sal’s life. The strange homeless man who is always on her corner, the smart but quiet bully who lives on her block, and Mira’s favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time, all play a part in unraveling the mystery at the heart of the story.

Stead deftly combines a coming-of-age novel with mystery and science fiction. Readers will be left with plenty to think about and will want to pick up A Wrinkle in Time next.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, MCBA 2011-2012, Mystery, Realistic, Science Fiction.
Comments: 1



Comment from Anna Milman
Time: January 18, 2015, 11:56 am

This is a really good book! It’s full of fantasy, mystery, and action. I highly recommend it for 4 threw 8 grade. The first few chapters were kind of weird-but ignore that!!! Later on, it all starts to make sense, and at the end, it’s just a big burst of ” OMG! Such a good book!”

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