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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

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on July 14, 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 0385737424
ISBN-13: 9780385737425
167 Book Reviews
  • iamhappy1237777
    iamhappy123777713 days44 stars
    I really like this book. It is sometimes boring, but I really like the idea the idea that Marcus is from the future.
    • the_grim_reader
      the_grim_reader6 months55 stars
      I really love this book and it's defiantly a must-read.
      • wolfy_blue
        wolfy_blue7 months
        Looks like a good book.
        • eviejobs764
          eviejobs76410 months11 star
          This book is boring. I chose this book for summer reading and I was very disappointed. I thought this would be a book about a kid that discovers mysterious notes and finds out she has to save someones life. It is really just a kid that writes a story about her school life to save someones life. Very disappointed.
          • the-odd1sout
            the-odd1soutover 1 year55 stars
            Best book ever!!! I really liked this book told a really good story. I recommend it so much. You seriously have to read it!
            • iamgood
              iamgoodover 1 year55 stars
              I read this book and I absolutely loved it!
              • diamond897
                diamond897over 1 year55 stars
                This book was very good. It was about a girl who found notes in her pockets. She had no idea where they came from. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested.
                • spykitten
                  spykittenover 1 year55 stars
                  In my opinion, this was a very clever book. Right when you think something will happen, the other thing happens. It messes with you head. I recommend this book.
                  • applemango
                    applemangoover 1 year55 stars
                    Miranda and Sal have been friends, almost always, it seems. Miranda feels like she is a part of Sal and Sal a part of her. One day when they are walking to school they see a strange boy, that Miranda later knows is Marcus, and he suddenly, with a swift motion punches Sal. He doubles over, bruised and bleeding. From that they they drifted apart. Sal always playing basketball in the driveway and Miranda finding new friends, Annemarie and Colin. However, the most important character in this book is the laughing man. Someone is leaving Miranda mysterious notes predicting the future. He says ‘I am coming to save your friend’s life and my own.’ When Sal is going to get hit by a truck, the man(Marcus) saves him but kills himself. How the laughing man is Marcus? It doesn’t sense, yet what Marcus says brings a different perspective out. “Einstein says common sense is just habit of thought. It’s how we’re used to thinking things, but a lot of the time it just gets in the way.” So, does that mean time travel is possible? The old version and the young version of the same person can exist in the same time period? That gets me to wonder, is the future “me” living in the same time period as me?
                    • roxanne3
                      roxanne3over 1 year55 stars
                      I have read this one at least 4 times, and it is one of my favorites because it is a quick read, but also because it really makes your brain work. I was so confused about the whole time travel thing the first time, but now that I have read it more, it makes more sense. I still can't fully understand, but I love the story, and the characters too. Rebecca Stead is one of my favorite authors, and I recommend this and all of Rebecca Steads other books too!!