This Newbery Medal winner that has a fantastic puzzle at its heart has been called “smart and mesmerizing,” (The New York Times), “superb” (The Wall Street Journal), and “incandescent” (The Washington Post).

When Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, she doesn’t know what to do.

The notes tell her that she must write a letter, a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone—not even her best friend, Sal.

It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that’s the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.

“Lovely and almost impossibly clever.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction
A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book

Paperback
Published on January 6, 2011 by Andersen Press
ISBN-10: 1849392129
ISBN-13: 9781849392129
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  • xamesikysa
    xamesikysaTuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:17 am55 stars
    In this book, Miranda's best friend, Sal, completely ditched her after getting punched on the corner of Broadway Street in the Big Apple. A couple weeks later, Miranda receives anonymous messages saying he/she will come to save her friend and to write a note back. Will her friends get hurt? Who is writing the notes? Read the book to find out!
    • tiko
      tikoFriday, September 29, 2017 at 9:51 am
      Miranda lives with her mom in an apartment. One day on the way back from school Sal gets punched in the face.After this Sal stops talking to Miranda and he ignores her. Miranda eventually becomes friends with Annaliese and Coliin together they start working at a sandwich shop. This was such an interesting book to read. This book kind of tells you who sent the notes if you read and try to figure it out before she figures it out.
      • annette
        annetteMonday, September 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm55 stars
        This is a great novel with lots of twists and turns in the story line. This novel is completely original and not like another book I have ever read. I wanted to read it for a while, but I only got to reading it this summer. I love this mystery novel.
        • cobrazeus10
          cobrazeus10Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 6:15 am55 stars
          This is a great book. I alows the reader to speculate about the ending but still be surprised. I enjoy the fact that the book didn't surround just one point, but expanded on other things as well
          • glitterkitty
            glitterkittyMonday, August 21, 2017 at 7:50 am55 stars
            I really like this book because in the beginning the book tells about Miranda's life and then it starts to get scary. Also, the book gets really sad at the end. At the end, I was sort of confused because it said that Marcus was the laughing man when Marcus got older.
            • demosthenes
              demosthenesFriday, August 18, 2017 at 8:16 am55 starsFeatured
              This wonderful story is so beautifully written! Rebecca Stead has such a unigue way of writing that is different from other writers. When You Reach Me is a mystery/drama about a girl named Miranda. Everything (and everyone) in her life is growing and changing, and to make things worse, she begins recieving crazy notes out of nowhere. This novel shows how Miranda deals with the mysteries of her life and the notes. The reader willingly watches Miranda grow into herself throughout the story. This is always one of my top recommendations if anyone asks and i recommend it to you also! It is a great read that you won't forget!!!
              • georgiasilver
                georgiasilverWednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
                A heartwarming and bittersweet story, When You Reach Me is a perfect example of a good read that will allow you to read the story of a science fiction adventure that Miranda travels to learn from.
                • beast2323
                  beast2323Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:29 am55 stars
                  This book is amazing! It shows the story of Mirandas adventures. The author includes suspense to make the reader keep reading. The book was inspired by A Wrinkle In Time, so if you like that book, you will love this!
                  • thekid1
                    thekid1Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:44 am55 stars
                    Miranda is a 6th grader who lives with her mother in New York City. Her best friend is named Sal. Her favorite book in the world is A Wrinkle in Time. Miranda has just received the last of a series of letters, predicting that her mother will be a contestant on the $20,000 Pyramid and telling her that one of her friends is in terrible danger. If she wants to save them, and the letter-writer, she'll need to write a letter of her own.
                    • lovetolearn
                      lovetolearnWednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:00 am55 stars
                      On top of her best friend no longer speaking to her and her mom preparing for a game show, Miranda begins to receive notes that seem to be telling the future. This book shows the unbelievable effects of time travel on Miranda's life.

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