Friday, August 3, 2012

When You Reach Me

Stead, Rebecca. 2009. When You Reach Me. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-385-73742-5
After Miranda's best friend Sal gets punched by a kid for no reason their relationship changes.  Miranda is now without her best friend. To make matters worse she begins to receive strange notes from the future which make her believe that she is the only one that can stop the death of her friend. 
When You Reach Me is the 2010 Newbery Medal Winner.  The novel is fast paced with enough suspense and questions to make it an interesting and entertaining read.  Miranda is a likable character who develops as the narrative progress.  The big kid who punches Sal is Marcus.  He becomes a pivotal plot element that is essential to understanding the space/time element of the story.  The use of three overlapping storylines helps to propell the plot forward.  Miranda's mother appearing on the $20,000 Pyramid, Sal not speaking to Miranda and the friends she makes because of it, and the appearance of a strange homeless man all work together to bring about an unexpected resolution.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2009:"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;"
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, July & August, 2009:
"Closing revelations are startling and satisfying"
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."
WINNER 2009 Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"WINNER 2009 New York Times Notable BookWINNER 2009 Kirkus Reviews Best Children�s BooksWINNER 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the YearWINNER 2009 School Library Journal Best Book of the YearWINNER 2009 Booklist Children's Editors' Choice WINNER 2009 Horn Book FanfareWINNER 2009 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold AwardWINNER 2009 Parents' Choice Gold AwardWINNER 2009 Book Links Lasting ConnectionWINNER 2010 Newbery Medal WinnerWINNER 2010 ALA Notable Children's BookWINNER 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults Top 10WINNER 2010 NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social StudiesWINNER 2010 Cooperative Children's Book Center ChoicesWINNER 2010 NCTE Notable Children's Trade Books in the Language ArtsWINNER 2010 IRA Children's Book Award for Older Readers
Other Books about time travel:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Time Travelers (Gideon Trilogy)

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