When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When Miranda’s best friend, Sal, gets punched in the stomach for no reason, her life begins to unravel. Sal stops hanging around with her, she has to get a whole new set of friends, the key that Miranda’s mother keeps hidden for emergencies disappears… and then there are those mysterious notes she keeps receiving. The first one reads….” I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter…” As the notes keep arriving, Miranda realises that whoever is writing them knows things they shouldn’t; things you would only know if you came from the future. How is any of this possible? This book is the second novel from Rebecca Stead, and it’s completely wonderful. The voice is genuine, the relationships and characterisations are well developed and the entire situation is completely believable.
‘When You Reach Me’ is a puzzle that sucks you in and keeps you totally enthralled. The ending is a real surprise! There is also an under riding theme about giving, receiving and how holding back on small acts of kindness can have great consequences. A gentle, engaging read, ‘When You Reach Me’ is also a homage to Madeleine L’Engle’s classic ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, which, if you haven’t read already, you will certainly want to by the time you finish this book. A true gem! Appropriate for ages 9 to 12 years.
Reviewed by Mary Esther Judy
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