When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

whenyoureachmeThere is so much going on in this book that it’s hard to summarize cleverly and succinctly. So, for this one, I’m going to try a list of facts to see if I can convey the flavor of this intriguing novel:
1. Miranda, a sixth-grader, knows the streets of her Manhattan neighborhood like the back of her hand, including which corners to avoid, when to cross the street, and where the crazy homeless man stands every afternoon.
2. One day Sal, her best friend, gets punched in the stomach for no reason by some random kid they don’t even know.
3. Now, for some reason, Sal won’t talk to Miranda anymore, so she has to walk home from school alone.
4. Soon after this, Miranda’s apartment is broken into. The spare key is missing from its secret spot. Yet nothing seems to be missing. Strange…
5. Then, Miranda finds a mysterious note from somebody who says he wants to save her friend’s life. What? Even weirder, the notes keep coming, and they seem to be predicting events before they even happen.
6. Could somebody be trying to reach her from the future? And is Sal ever going to speak to her again? After all, it wasn’t Miranda’s fault he got punched!



  1. MMS Student said,

    October 1, 2009 at 1:03 am

    ooooooo creeeepppyyyy

  2. M.A.E.B.A. said,

    October 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    that sounds like a very intriguing book. I think i’ll come check it out from the library. 😀
    p.s. some of those names are my sibling’s middle names

  3. Emily Wright said,

    February 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Miss Ryan, I do agree with you—there is definitely a lot going on in this intriguing book! Although I found the end a little difficult to understand, the book is definitely one of my favorites. This book is very mysterious, and makes you want to reach the end no matter what it takes! Miranda must have been a very brave person, receiving notes from an anonymous person, not even knowing what the notes mean. I will make sure this book is read by all my friends, because it really is a great mystery.

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