Wednesday, December 2, 2009
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2009
Miranda and Sal are best friends when they enter 6th grade. They are street-savvy, latch-key New Yorkers who try to avoid trouble on their way home from school. This can be challenging sometimes as they steer clear of the rowdy boys by the garage and the crazy man who sleeps with his head under the mailbox on the corner. Things go downhill when Sal gets punched by a strange kid for no reason at all. He shuts Miranda out and she is forced to find new friends. Miranda receives a very mysterious note that says, "I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter. " The curious messages keep turning up and Miranda has to keep them a secret while she tries to understand them. It is obvious that whoever is leaving the notes, knows a lot about her that they shouldn't know and they know things before they even happen.
Rebecca Stead is brilliant once again. (If you haven't read her first novel, First Light, I highly recommend it). When You Reach Me, is a well-written novel that is both realistic and fantastic at the same time. I hope you all take the time to read this novel for it's originality alone. If you are a fan of L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time, you will appreciate this book even more. The best part is this book completely and totally stands alone. No cliff-hanger ending, no sequels needed, just one fabulous story all contained within its covers. This is sure to be a Newbery contender!