Saturday, January 22, 2011

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Time travel with a twist...

Random House Children's Books sent me a trade paperback copy of this, which was first issued in hardcover in 2009.  Thank you for the opportunity to review it.  

The story is set in New York in the late '70s, and Miranda is a sixth-grade latchkey kid.  Miranda has grown up in an apartment and her next door neighbor's son, Sal, is her best friend.  But one day, Sal doesn't want to be friends anymore and her world falls apart.

Ms. Stead does a good job of letting us see Miranda's anguish and uncertainty about life and how to do things all on her own instead of with Sal.  She also introduces some odd characters and mysterious notes to make the story even more interesting.  It's not until the end of the story that it all begins to fall into place for Miranda and the reader.

This book won the Newbery Medal and is now available in trade paperback.  Check with your local bookstore to get a copy.  It has a bit of the taste of A Wrinkle in Time, so I'm sure your child will enjoy it.

Happy reading!

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