Rebecca Stead: When You Reach Me



Ever since that day Sal avoided Miranda and they haven t hung ut Later n someone found Miranda s spare key to her apartment But instead f stealing something the person sent Miranda a note The person who was writing the notes knew Miranda s name and mentioned something about saving Careless one from a tragic death But inrder for Miranda to do that she had to write a note in reply to the person s note When I was about to read the book I kept thinking that I knew what was going to happen in the end But all my predictions were wrong I was so shocked and when I finished the book I had to sit down and think It was just so unusual and I was so amazed I called my friend and we talked about the book and now I understand why she loved the book The plot was complex and different from the usual stories I read I know you might think I say that to every book but there are so many books Competing for the Cup out there that are different Whilether books are so similar to each Fat Land other It was fast paced and I didn t want to put the book down I wanted to know the endingf the story so I kept reading Now I understand my friend and why she was so excited for me to read this book Although I loved the characters the main point f the story was the plot I like the characters but I am not attached to them I laughed at some f the things that the characters said I don t know why my friend said the main character was kinda like me I felt like we were so different from each Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York other But I liked her anyway I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fast paced novel Anyone who wants to go an adventure with Miranda and findut the answers to all the uestions I ve been struggling ver how to begin this review I want to get it exactly right I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to say If you ve read any f my reviews before then you know that I like lots Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie of stuff There is uite frankly a lotf stuff ut there to like So what I have to do here is convey to you just how this book is pretty much ne Elmer of the best children s books I have ever read Here s an idea Have you not heardf When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Well now you have Go read it Have you already read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Excellent Glad to hear it Now go read it again Have you already read and reread When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead That is fine and dandy news Have a seat You and I can now talk about it and we ll wait for the rest The Red Stockade of the world to catch up Which they will Because it isne f the best children s books I have ever read and books f this sort do not drop ut f the sky every day They don t even drop ut f the sky every year Now the conundrum The book is sort The Something of a mystery It s sortf a lot f things and if I go too deeply into what those things are I m going to give away elements f the plot This is not something I wish to do for you because the true pleasure f this book lies at least partly in figuring ut what the heck it is Is it realistic A Killing Tide or fantastical Science fictionr religious So I just won t talk about the end Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard or go too far into the premise Therein lies the problem with reviewing a bookf this sort I can t talk about it without potentially destroying the experience for somebody L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations out there You can t imagine the pressure And I think I can summarize the plot without giving too much away though Here goes It s the late 70s and the unthinkable hasccurred While walking home Miranda s best friend Sal is punched in the stomach for no good reason After that he refuses to hang Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! out with Miranda any Forced to makether friends Miranda befriends the class yukster and a girl who has also recently broken up with her best friend too But strange things are afoot in the midst Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of all this Miranda has started receiving tiny notes with mysterious messages They say things like I am coming to save your friend s life and mywn and You will want proof 3 pm today Colin s knapsack Miranda doesn t know who is writing these things The Royal Joust or where they are coming from but it is infinitely clear that the notes know things that none could know Small personal things that seem to know what she s thinking Now Miranda s helping her mom study for the 20000 Pyramid show all the while being driven closer and closer to the moment when it all comes together When you eliminate the possible all that remains no matter how extraordinary is the impossible You know how sometimes in literature r writing classes a teacher will assign a first page f a novel as an example f a good first page The kind that grips the reader by the throat and gives em a good hard shake Yeah This book has that first page You are gripped from the start Then the plot begins its slow backing and forthing in time We re in April f 1979 and then we re in August r September f the previous year The jump back and forth isn t jarring it just reuires that the brain be a little awake during the reading In fact there are a lot Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of moments in this book that would comeff as confusing r impossible to understand were it not for the fact that Stead is keeping a close and steady eye n the whole proceedings What could be a muddle The Quarterback's Crush or a mess is instead a gripping mystery with momentsf touching realizations and truths cropping up left and right Another sign f a good book the whole show don t tell rule f storytelling comes into play time and time again Miranda casually mentions facts about the people around her that define them and bring them into sharp focus The fact that she was named after the Miranda s Rights r that her mom won t let her eat grapes because f how the grape pickers are treated in California The same can be said for Miranda herself She s defined best by sentences like Nice tights I snorted Or I tried to snort anyway I m not exactly sure how though people in books are always doing it The book is an amazing mix Achtung! Cthulhu of humor and depth On the funny side are mentionsf things like the SSO s which stand for the strawberries at the corner sore that fail to fulfill their promise and thus are deemed strawberry shaped Infamy objects On thether hand the implications at the end General P.T.G. Beauregard of this book can be sad Sad and interesting and fascinating all at the same time Kids may find themselves contemplating free will by the story s end There are worse fates in this world The crazy thing is that it s also the kindf book that kids will really really like AND the kind that award giving librarians will really really like We aren t usually so lucky There s a kind My Wishful Thinking of broccoli and peas mentality to great worksf children s literature sometimes This idea that if something is well written that it can t possibly be interesting as well And even crazier than that is the fact that this isn t going to appeal to just The Boy and the Blue Moon one kindf kid It s going to be adored by both boys and girls By kids who are into science fiction and kids that refuse to touch anything but truly realistic stories Heck you could even label this book historical fiction since it takes place in 1978 79 And not the fake 1979 that you sometimes seek invoked in bad television shows and movies either This is an accurate portrayal f a time period when a person really could spend their days helping their mom prepare for a stint n the 20000 Pyramid A time when a girl could be handed books with pictures The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of spunky looking girlsn the covers and subseuently reject them because they are not A Wrinkle in TimeStead also foreshadows subtly which is a near impossible thing to do I ve been reading a lot Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of children s books lately where you ll get near the endf the chapter and there will be this big sentence in black and white reading Years. Ngs start to unravel Sal gets punched by a kid n the street for what seems like no reason and he shuts Miranda ut f his life The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen And then a mysterious note arrives scrawled n a tiny

This book was so goodThis is a book that kept coming up Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day over the years in different book podcasts that I listened to I finally got to it as I was looking for a shorter audiobook to finish before I leave for vacation This fit the bill perfectly For some reason I didn t realize it was a middle grade book but certainly left nothingut for meMiranda is your average 12 year ld girl trying to find her way in NYC Her mom is auditioning and practicing for the Pyramid game show which was the icing n the cake for this Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) one How fun Miranda and her friends know all the major plot pointsn school and coming home from school She starts getting notes from someone and has to figure ut the mystery and leave a clue behind The story is fascinating and explores some major themes that are fleshed ut with diversity and inclusion The best part is that the story gets better and better By the time you reach the end you want to start it all Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks over again Oh and PS Miranda isbsessed with A Wrinkle in Time so any character that s bookish checks a major box for me I almost did not read this book I knew it was targeted for a younger audience but I didn t realize just how young I kept vainly searching for it in the teenagers section where I was already a bit embarrassed to be spotted When I realized I would have to go inside the children s section at BN I wavered The little chairs The colored foam titles Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman on the floor The stuffed animals It s all cute but couldne Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of those books satisfy meIt probably deserves than three stars But it is hard for me to judge at twenty five yearsld I am not an elementary school teacher a children s librarian Heaven Next Stop or a mother My daysf baby sitting for 6 an hour are long gone I don t know how kids would react At eight I might have given it five stars and then complained to my mom that the rating system needed to be changed because this book deserved at least sixteen stars As an adult I am not jumping up and down but I enjoyed it It is charming The solution to the puzzle was satisfying and nly modestly predictable And I was surprised to glimpse some deeper and gritty topics rehabilitation in prisons homeless people racism single mothers dead end jobs I didn t expect to encounter these in a children s book and they were artfully applied Indeed during the event Rebecca spoke about how she didn t think kids needed to be so protected Rebecca also spoke about the inspiration for the book You d think A Wrinkle in Time was the starting point Wrong The idea began as she read a New York Times article about a guy walking around Denver Colorado with amnesia When he asked for help everyone avoided the crazy man After reaching a hospital and being put under hypnosis he remembered exactly two things about himself 1 he was married to Penny and 2 they had two daughters who had both died in a car accident When they finally identified this man he had a fianc named Penny and no children CreepyShe did address the allusions to A Wrinkle in Time She included these for two reasons She wanted to describe how books can feel so personal How they can make a reader feel territorial I am guilty f this I like to pretend such and such book was written for my eyes nly I will nly reluctantly loan Bases Loaded or even mention some books tothers She also wanted to warn readers that there would be difficult and potentially technical topics coming ahead The third reason I discern must have been too Have A Good Night, Volume 1 obvious for her to mentionr considered part f the second reason it served as a necessary device for explaining time travelRebecca started ut as a criminal defense attorney because it was a clearer path than writing She spoke about how she kept waiting for someone to send her a Harry Potter letter You will remember when Harry receives notice that he is a wizard and has been accepted into Hogwarts How do you decide you want to become a writer It is impractical Self doubt andor egotism are ccupational hazards She kept waiting for someone to tell her that she was talented enough and had permission to pursue writing This spoke to me I have been wondering lately about a letter to direct my life Did it get lost in the mail Am I going to have to take a risk without it Ekk Newbery Winner 2010 2 n Barnes Noble s Top Ten Children s Books When You Lose Your Job of 2009Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010 2011I feel like I m missing something because everyther review seems to be five stars I liked the book How could I not when it references A Wrinkle in Time so ften I personally found the mystery to be easily solved I like how the author weaved the clues in but I found it to be very bvious and knew from the beginning from the book who it was and how it would work I m not sure if kids will feel the same way But the ease with which I solved the mystery is why I don t think I can give this book as glowing a review as everyone else seems toReally why is this book getting so much praise I feel like this is the first time that I ve ever been so confused by a book that people praise as awesome that I found predictable and thought was just Isabel the Queen: Life and Times okay And the I hear people praise the I want to dig my heels in I ve talked to two people about it and neitherf them like it WHY IS THIS BOOK BEING PRAISED SO MUCH Beautiful just beautiful I loved this book so much The writing style was marvelous I loved the main character So many people told me to read this book and I finally did The plot was different and uniue This is how I found ut about this book2 Days Ago I was sitting at my desk in Tec class and I was reading the last book in the Mistborn Trilogy When I was at the most intense scene someone poked me n the shoulder WOAH I screamed I was terrified but I should have known it was my close friend Thanu Sorry I didn t mean to scare you You re so into the book you don t even notice what is happening right in front Tim Crouch of youshe said I know it s just SO INTERESTING I said I have this thing I want to show you she said with a huge smilen her face What is it you seem really excited I said Thanu grabs her backpack and pulls ut a book She clasped the book and showed me the cover her smile brightened When You Reach Me Show me the summary it looks so different The book is so tiny I said and I grab for the book But before I could reach it my friend moved away Thanu was hugging the book against herself and she looked like she was in the middle f a dream The book is so good man You won t understand until you read it You better read it and finish it by tonight It has time travel and everything So magical so beautiful she exclaimed So I attempted to grab the book again but she moved away Her grip tightened Drawing the Human Head on the book and I stared at the book No man it s just really good I loved it so much I stayed up reading it and I finished at 1200 PM My mom started yelling at me but the book was so good so it was worth it The main character is kinda like you I don t know I can t wait for you to read it she was talking super fast Okay But you have to give me the book first I want to read the summary and see what the hype is about I said Thanu sighs and passes the bookver and I grab it before she could change her mind When I was reading the summary I understood why the book was so good I had to read it as soon as I could Soo Whatdya you think she asked It sounds really good I ll read it as soon as I ca I said before I was interrupted TONIGHT she screams When you are finished the book call meBack to my review The book follows a girl named Miranda who is best friends with a boy named Sal One day when Sal and Miranda were walking together Sal gets punched by another boy. This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart 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 and they know who to avoid Like the crazy guy n the cornerBut thi.

Later she would look back n that moment and wonder what would have happened if she DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle only hadn t blah blah blah Or It would haunt her dreams for years afterwards Or Had she known then what she you get the picture Stead does allude to the future but subtly There s a moment when Miranda mentions that she hadn t been in a particular store since December then flashes back to Novemberr so If you re paying attention you re left wondering what s going to happen but not in a way that intrudes n your reading experience It s a subtle move n Stead s part Foreshadowing with stealth I ve been calling it LOST the book referencing the television show that leaves you with as many uestions as this novel initially does But unlike LOST the answers are forthcoming First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite r among my very favorite books since I was nine years ld and I ve never been able to write a true Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, or worthy review for it I can t even tryThere are dozens maybe hundredsf books I wish I d written Occasionally I come across a book I should have written This is a book I definitely should have written It touched me to the core in that incredibly familiar way that seems to come from within not the utside Some details are ff f course but the gist is precisely what I would have written had I thought f it firstI inhaled this book and read it in Pontius Pilate one day which is highly unusual for me but used to be typical when I was much younger It was a joy to read If I d read this when I was 10 11 12 I suspect I d have loved it even The time travel part was exuisitely done New York too W H O ATo say those last couplef chapters caught me Livin de Life off guard is an understatement I m stunned andr because Aeralis of I found myself getting really emotional towards the end Just so goodRead inne dayrating One Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the most impressive things to me about middle grade literature is how much power their books can punch with so little pages It still astounds me Aslder people I guess we tend to Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives over explain andver analyze Thank goodness there are authors that can still capture the feel Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of being a kid growing up and how simultaneously painful and wonderful it can beMiranda is a sixth grader who lives in New York City Her life seems pretty normal She has a best friend named Sal but that all changesne day Miranda is feeling all muddled and confused but what she does know is that she lost her best friend and can t seem to piece together why This was not the best time to lose a friend because Miranda keeps The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit on receiving these mystery notes The person writing the notes seems to know what is happening before it actually does But how can that be And why the urgency and why her The story s timeline at least for me was confusing at first It s told through flashbacks but the reader periodically comes back to the present where Miranda s mom has been selected to ben The 20000 Pyramid I loved how the parent figures were an important part to the story as a whole Miranda s mother and her boyfriend play vital roles in her life and though they might not know everything that is going Limey Gumshoe on you can tell through the pages that they love her dearly Then there is the atmospheref the school and Miranda s classmates I didn t grow up in 1978 Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate or in New York but I felt the atmosphere and the tonef the relationships so well that I got caught up in Miranda s plight easily Throughout the story Miranda is reading her favorite book A Wrinkle in Time This book is a kind f homage to A Wrinkle in Time By the way if you haven t read that book yet you should it s excellent tooWhat makes the story so great is the little things Seeing Miranda help her mom prepare for the game show the description f Sal playing basketball every day Miranda talking about time travel with Marcus the boys who taunt people across the street the weird shapes Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen on Miranda s bathroom floor Colin hiding the bread and I could gon and Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade on It reflects real life right A lotf times the little things add up to be something big and meaningful I commend the author for not talking down to the reader I don t ever think authors do this Harcourt School Publishers Collections on purpose but I can tell she respects the reader and knows that kids can surprise us with how much they can process and understand Most importantly even though I don t necessarily have Miranda s personalityr history this book reminded me From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of how it felt like to be in sixth grade again I know now that if I want to be completely surprised I just have to read middle school books Ironically books for kids seem to have the most profound meanings This book is sunshine and sunset combined beautiful and heartbreaking Coincidentally I just read a sci fi story about time travel before this It was technically well explained but I don t know why I wasn t so impressed This adorable little book talks about time travel too and is absolutely enthralling It didn t have to try so hard It was simply and easily told but it managed to give me Goosebumps and tears at the endf the story The characters weren t trying to save the world here They were just trying to save On Toby's Terms one person and it makes it even realistic and believable The POV is amazing It sne f the best elements f the story because it is told by the 12 year Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land old Miranda through her letter in response to the notesf a mystery man a man who seems to know things about Miranda even before they happened The first note from the man said he s coming to save Miranda s friend s life which established the mystery in the entire story The characters are all very realistic I love how each ne played a vital role to put across the meaning f the story I love how the book talked about life s most Indiscretion ordinary things little things in the perspectivef a 12 year Indiscretion old girl but which made the story even meaningful Let me just end this by sharing somef the awesome things I learned from the book 1 A new way f critiuing a book judging it by its first line I m absolutely doing this in my next read Ha2 Yawning is a semi polite way f telling someone that they re boring everyone to death LMAO3 A person can t miss something she never had So trueLots Soul Dust of love and thanks to my adorable friend Pinky for recommending this adorable book to me You can read here review here a super short review karenstylesomeday i am going to venture down to the second floor where the kidsteen section is and i am going to grab a whole bunchf books that i like and i am going to just shelve them in my adult fiction section because the young uns shouldn t get to hog everything that is good in this world and also not have to pay rent and there is something creepy about a 35 year The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales old man browsing the shelves in teen fiction i am doing everyone a favor herethis book is great and sure it won the newbery and it is intended for children but it is a sweet sad book about friendship and family and sacrifice that most adults could really appreciate i really don t want to go into too much detail i am finding it really hard to write this review because the less you know before reading this the better just know that the storyline has a wonderful unusual shape and she does a really good job with revealingther characters through her narrator s eyes it is always believable as her perceptions 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of people change as she learns about them nothing is black and white there is a great dealf nuance that feels very natural all this and time travel too in short great great greati am not giving ariel back her copy nopemeaning greg who i freuently send down to fetch the teen fiction books i can t be bothered going to get myself i say most because i Lip Blackbird of paper The notes keep coming and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things none should know Each message brings her closer to believing that nly she can prevent a tragic death Until the final note makes her think she's too lat.

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