"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
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.