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When You Reach Me

Written by Rebecca Stead

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When You Reach Me Review

Crime / Mystery Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction

A sophisticated and thought-provoking time travelling story

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2020 | Winner of the Newbery Medal | Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Multi-award winning When I Reach You is a sophisticated and thought-provoking time travelling story that fizzes with excitement and energy as it encourages readers to explore how the future can shape the present. Miranda, a six grader in a New York school, tells a brilliant story that weaves together the details of her everyday school and home life with a series of inexplicable events which create a mystery that it is hard to unravel. Part of the thrill of the story is that Rebecca Stead expects of lot of her readers! With much referencing of Madeline L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, the book that Miranda loves best, there are detailed conversations about now and the future about how and whether they come together. With not a word wasted When You Reach me is not only a story to fall in love with but also an irresistible spur to thinking!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2020 

Bob Goes Pop by Marion Deuchars

Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett

The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me Synopsis

Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives: 'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.' The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. 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.

When You Reach Me Press Reviews

Smart and mesmerising - New York Times

A gently philosophical take on how the future can affect the present. -- Katy Guest - Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

Witty, touching and clever. -- Sally Morris - Daily Mail

Beautifully and simply told despite the fact that the story they tell is complex and thought-provoking. This is a great book. -- Julia Eccleshare - LoveReading4Kids

This is one of the most impressive children's books I've read in a long time. The writing (is) delicate yet robust, full of insight, compassion and wisdom. Stead manages to describe complex emotions in a fresh and original manner. -- Sarah Webb - Irish Independent

One of my favourite US children's books of recent years - Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday

A rather special find -- Lorna Bradbury - Telegraph

A satisfying read that should remain popular as long as the classic A Wrinkle In Time to which it pays homage. - Carousel

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ISBN: 9781783449637
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 06/01/2011
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449637
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead is an American author who writes books for children and young adults. She won the 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature for her second novel, When You Reach Me.Stead enjoyed writing as a child, but as she grew older she felt it was 'impractical' and became a lawyer instead. After years as a public defender she returned to writing after the birth of her two children. On her website she credits her son with inspiring her to write a children's novel, but not in the way one would expect. For years she had ...

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