When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me
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When You Reach Me

Written by Rebecca Stead
Published by Random House Children's Books
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“Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda’s favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of ‘life, death, and the beauty of it all.’” —The Washington Post This Newbery Medal winner that has been called “smart and mesmerizing,” (The New York Times) and “superb” (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist. Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and 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. 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 is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book Five Starred Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection “Absorbing.” —People “Readers … are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward.” —The Wall Street Journal “Lovely and almost impossibly clever.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer “It’s easy to imagine readers studying Miranda’s story as many times as she’s read L’Engle’s, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • According to Einstein, why does common sense sometimes get in the way of truth?
  • What life lessons does Miranda's mother teach us about how to treat people?
  • Marcus punching Sal has far-reaching consequences. What does the novel suggest about senseless acts of violence?
  • Marcus is the "magic thread" in Miranda's story. What is the magic thread in your story?
  • Miranda always refers to A Wrinkle in Time as her book. What is your book? Why?


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    What game show does Miranda's mom compete on?
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      Wheel of Fortune
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      $20,000 Pyramid
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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    December 28, 2010
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    Reading Age
    9 - 12 years
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    WorldCat Number (OCLC)
    ASIN/ISBN 10
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