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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

Published on January 6, 2011 by Andersen Press
ISBN-10: 1849392129
ISBN-13: 9781849392129
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  • 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.
              • alwaysdream
                alwaysdreamWednesday, 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.
                • lotusdance
                  lotusdanceTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:47 am55 stars
                  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. through out all of this Miranda's mom is getting ready for 20,000 dollar pyramid.then Miranda starts getting notes, their house key is stolen and so is Richard her mom's boyfriends shoe. Then one day Marcus the boy who punched Sal in the face tries to apologize and sal starts running away into the street where a truck is coming right at him. When You Reach Me is about Time Travel and a bit of adventure.
                  • rainkit309
                    rainkit309Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm55 stars
                    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.
                    • sadier
                      sadierMonday, July 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm55 stars
                      This book is amazing. It made me cry but the author kept you sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the mystery behind the book. this book is better for older kids.

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