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When You Reach Me (Hardcover)

Author:  Rebecca Stead
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385906641
ISBN-13: 9780385906647
Sku: 210542588
Publish Date: 7/14/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  199
Age Range:  14 to College
 
"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: " "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.

"From the Hardcover edition."

From the Publisher:
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Annotation:
Set in late 1970s New York City, this tightly plotted, well-written science-fiction thriller follows 12-year-old Miranda as she tries to figure out who is leaving her mysterious, dangerously knowledgeable notes. The notes warn of future problems to arise, and as Miranda struggles to put the pieces together, her life is in flux. Her best friend Sal has stopped talking to her, her mom is getting ready to go on a television show, THE $20,000 PYRAMID, and the plot of her favorite book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, seems to actually reflect what's happening in her life. Gripping, carefully crafted, and creepy, this story is both solidly realistic and excitingly futuristic. WHEN YOU REACH ME won the 2010 Newbery Award as the best children's book. It was selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Children's Book of 2009, and by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.

Praise

"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." 06/22/2009

"Young readers may not realize how terrific WHEN YOU REACH ME is until they've almost finished it....The complexity of the story is obvious in hindsight, but only the most attentive children are likely to catch all the author's clues the first time through. At its heart, the book is a mystery, but ­precisely what puzzle is being solved in these closely plotted pages remains itself a mystery until the end..." - Meghan Cox Gurdon 07/17/2009

"Miranda is such a natural, likable narrator - she's sweet, but she gets jealous in the most human of ways - that when this story reveals the brain-bending mystery at its center, it's almost like gravy. This book is lovely and almost impossibly clever: a real winner." - Katie Haegele 07/19/2009

"No detail is small, no character minor, in this intricately plotted novel in which the nature of time emerges as the most compelling mystery of all....WHEN YOU REACH ME far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'...[T]he believable characters and unexpected ending invite readers to ponder the extraordinary that underlies the ordinary in this fictional world and in their own." - Mary Quattlebaum 07/15/2009

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0199
Product attributePublisher:   Wendy Lamb Books
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