Published by Wendy Lamb Books on July 14th 2009
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:
I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
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.
Short & Sweet:
When You Reach Me is a book unlike any other I've read. It's a beautiful mix of realistic fiction while twisting a slight bit of something else into it. I don't want to reveal more than that. It's a mysterious novel that really makes you question what is possible and how fate can be changed and altered by our actions. The narrative is so true in this book and it really moved me. I can see why it won the Newbery.
A novel that you don't want to miss reading. This book moves itself into the realm of great literature between the characters, plot and mysterious overlay that Stead creates throughout it.