When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

I loved everything about this book.

Miranda is trying to figure out life as a sixth grader in 1979 New York City. She loves A Wrinkle in Time and does science projects about yawning.  She is struggling with her relationship with her best friend and building new friendships while helping her mother practice for the game show appearance she’s always wanted.

Then, Miranda starts to find strange notes. Notes about things that no one knows about, or could know about.

I loved the realism in this book, and the way New York felt here, like its own character. The relationships Miranda builds and breaks on the way seem real and nuanced and recognizable. And the subtle touch of the unknown that grows more strange throughout brings this book to another level.

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