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When You Reach Me

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Author:  Rebecca Stead
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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 haven’t 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.

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Mar 28,2016
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Miranda is facing problems in her life and she doesn't know how to deal with the majority of them because she doesn't know why they are occuring. 

This book is a cute quick-read. If you start it you must finish it, otherwise it doesn't make any sense.

I enjoyed the pureness of Miranda's character and found he easy to like.

I'd recommend this if you are looking for a quick-read over the weekend or on a public holiday :-)

Dec 04,2015
5

' When You Reach Me' is a warm, funny and most of all captivating novel. It's about a twelve year old girl called Miranda and all the mysterious things that happen around her, in what she thought was an ordinary life. . . The characters are life-like and every conversation they have in the book are so realistic it feels like I'm actually there.       
It's addictive and has a heavy poignant feel to it. When I saw this book the first time I thought it had a beautiful cover. Matte with lovely illustration - and I knew as soon as I looked at it, it would be a page-turning read. And I was right.

Oct 09,2014
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My mum bought this book and said that I could read it.

I started reading When You Reach Me and was instantly hooked. I loved following Miranda through her life and everything going on. I felt her pain when Sal just...well...abandoned her. I felt her shock when she started to get close to Marcus. I laughed with Miranda, I cried with Miranda and most of all, I felt pain with Miranda.

Rebecca Stead uses her power with words perfectly, helping the character to paint the picture in their heads.

The one thing that let me down was that some bits of the book really confused me and I found I didn't even understand what it was that I was reading. One example of that was when Marcus and Miranda were arguing about the time travel in the dentist waiting room which really confused me.

Overall though, a really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend in a heartbeat.

Quinn xx

Mar 18,2014
5

When you reach me
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: July 14, 2009

Miranda is a girl living in the big city. She is in sixth grade and lives with her Mum in an apartment. Mum has got her boyfriend Carl, Miranda has her friends but who has the crazy guy on the corner got? All of these questions are confusing but when Miranda finds a note everything changes. But is it for good or bad? Miranda goes through a series of events making new friends and getting closer to the truth every day.  Will she find out the truth in time or will everything go horribly wrong?
I love this book to pieces. I have read over a thousand times and enjoy it more every time I read it. This book connects with kids aged 11-15 since kids that age relate to it. This book I would definitely suggest to people who love mysteries, reading and questions. My favourite bit of the book it when everything fits together. There are no faults in the book and if there were it would be there for a reason.

Aug 05,2013
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This book is amazing and it's an injustice that it has only has been awarded one medal. I love Miranda, I love Annemarie, I love all the characters. This book is moving, mysterious a page turner, a wonder. Read it.

Mar 21,2013
3

I thought this book was very strange but I like how at the end I went 'ahhhhh' because everything made sense. 

 

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