When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’...

Details When You Reach Me

TitleWhen You Reach Me
Release DateJul 14th, 2009
PublisherWendy Lamb Books
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Time Travel

Reviews When You Reach Me

  • karen
    a super short review, karenstyle!!someday, i am going to venture down to the second floor where the kids/teen section is and i am going to grab a whole bunch of books that i like and i am going to just shelve them in my adult fiction section because the young'uns shouldn't get to hog everything that is good in this world and also not have to pay rent, and there is something creepy about a 35 year old man browsing the shelves in teen fiction.* i a...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    I know now that if I want to be completely surprised, I just have to read middle school books. Ironically, books for kids seem to have the most profound meanings. This book is sunshine and sunset combined- beautiful and heartbreaking. Coincidentally, I just read a sci-fi story about time travel before this. It was technically well explained but I don’t know why I wasn’t so impressed. This adorable little book talks about time travel too and i...
  • Cara
    One of the most impressive things to me about middle grade literature is how much power their books can punch with so little pages. It still astounds me. As older people I guess we tend to over explain and over analyze. Thank goodness there are authors that can still capture the feel of being a kid growing up and how simultaneously painful and wonderful it can be.Miranda is a sixth grader who lives in New York City. Her life seems pretty normal. ...
  • l a i n e y
    W H O A.To say those last couple of chapters caught me off guard is an understatement. I’m stunned and (or because of) I found myself getting really emotional towards the end...Just so good.Read in one day.rating: ★★★★ W H O A.To say those last couple of chapters caught me off guard is an understatement. I’m stunned and (or because of) I found myself getting really emotional towards the end...Just so good.Read in one day.rating: ★...
  • Lisa Vegan
    First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old, and I’ve never been able to write a true or worthy review for it; I can’t even try.There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of books I wish I’d written. Occasionally, I come across a book I should have written. This is a book I definitely should have written. It touched me to the core in that incredibly familiar way that seem...
  • Betsy
    I’ve been struggling over how to begin this review. I want to get it exactly right. I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to say. If you’ve read any of my reviews before then you know that I like lots of stuff. There is, quite frankly, a lot of stuff out there to like. So what I have to do here is convey to you just how this book is, pretty much, one of the best children’s books I have ever read. Here’s an idea. Have yo...
  • Pinky
    Beautiful, just beautiful! I loved this book so much! The writing style was marvelous, I loved the main character. So many people told me to read this book and I finally did. The plot was different and unique. This is how I found out about this book.2 Days Ago... I was sitting at my desk in Tec class and I was reading the last book in the Mistborn Trilogy. When I was at the most intense scene, someone poked me on the shoulder. "WOAH," I screamed....
  • Cassy
    I almost did not read this book. I knew it was targeted for a younger audience, but I didn’t realize just how young. I kept vainly searching for it in the teenagers’ section (where I was already a bit embarrassed to be spotted). When I realized I would have to go inside the children’s section at B&N, I wavered. The little chairs. The colored foam titles on the floor. The stuffed animals. It’s all cute, but could one of those books satisfy...
  • Samantha
    Newbery Winner 2010 #2 on Barnes & Noble's Top Ten Children's Books of 2009Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011I feel like I'm missing something because every other review seems to be five stars. I liked the book. How could I not, when it references A Wrinkle in Time so often. I personally found the mystery to be easily solved. I like how the author weaved the clues in, but I found it to be very obvious and knew from the beginning from the ...
  • Donalyn
    I was a sixth grader in 1979. In seventh grade, I wrote a book report on A Wrinkle In Time, which remains on my favorite books-of-all-time list to this day. I have not read L'Engle's classic in a long time. The books we love from childhood are as much about who we were when we read them as it is about the books themselves. I suppose I fear that I won't enjoy A Wrinkle In Time as much as I did when I was twelve.Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me mi...
  • George Jankovic
    I love middle-grade books. The quality is usually as good as with adult books, yet they are so cute, fresh and easy-to-read. They also attack problems in life head on. They are rarely politically-correct. Kids don't beat around the bush and neither do the books for them. The first quarter of When You Reach Me is about the life of a sixth grader Miranda. Here are examples of wonderful chapter headings:Things you keep in a boxThings you hideThings ...
  • Sarah
    I liked this book, though I'm not sure I can jump on the bandwagon of rave reviews. The writing is well-done, and I love the language - it's quite poetic in places. The main character is an observant, thoughtful, intelligent young woman who is very likeable. The subject of the story - centered on the idea of time-travel - is pleasantly different from the popular YA literature that currently crowds bookstore and library shelves (zombies, vampires,...
  • Tatiana
    Actually, I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this book. This is why: 1) I rarely like any books whose target audience is middle-schoolers; 2) "When You Reach Me" is a sort of homage to Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time," a novel which I couldn't get myself to finish. It's a little hard to give a synopsis of the story. 12-year old Miranda's best friend Sal suddenly stops talking to her. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidd...
  • Kate Willis
    Soak that title in. Have you ever heard anything so unique and beautiful? The inside of the book is even more so. I knew it right away from the very originally named chapter titles and the use of second person perspective. (Hats off to the author--no one ever does that!) I knew even more with the odd clues and the references to A Wrinkle in Time.This book left me stunned and thoughtful for a week afterward.There were sweet moments to the story--w...
  • Clare Cannon
    This intriguing modern day story draws inspiration from Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.When Miranda's mother unexpectedly fell pregnant during college, she put her studies on hold and took time out to care for her baby. Twelve years later mother and daughter are poor but happy together. Miranda is a good girl, but like many her age her world is small and revolves mainly around herself. When strange notes appear which tell her about things ...
  • smetchie
    It's a time travelling story. It will remind you of other time travelling stories. But that's just the box. What's inside is bona fide gold. Newbery medal and all...so I guess I should have seen that coming, but I didn't. It was a delightful surprise. Miranda is twelve and lives in NYC with her mom. Her mom has rules about city living like never show your money on the street and always have your key out before you reach the front door. But Mirand...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    In a conventional novel for young people, Miranda Sinclair’s mother practicing to be a contestant on The $20,000 Pyramid would be the highlight — nay, the entirety — of the novel. But by now you’ve guessed that When You Reach Me is no ordinary novel; instead, it’s one of the most unconventional novels I’ve ever read — and I’m including The Name of the Rose, The Icarus Hunt, Dorp Dead, and Miranda’s favorite book of all time, A W...
  • Monica Edinger
    My New York Times review. A blog post about reading it aloud to my fourth graders with links to their own blog posts.
  • Stephen
    2.5 stars. Going right in between "okay" and "I liked it" on this one. On the good side, this is a clever YA (emphasis on the young) mystery that is fairly well paced and a good ending. I also thought the discussions about time were pretty good and may interest younger readers in wanting to learn more. On the negative side, I didn't really like the characters and the prose, while good, was not as engaging as I would have liked. That could very we...
  • Tamora Pierce
    While I label this great book (to be published in July 2009) science fiction, that element is not the most obvious part of the story. Rather it's the story of Miranda, who doesn't understand why her best friend from the floor below her has cut her off since the day a big kid punched him in the stomach. We follow her through school as she tries to make friends with the well-to-do Annamarie and Colin, tries to sort out Julia's emnity, and together ...
  • Lisa
    WOW. Holy cow. I did not see this coming. This was fantastic. This is going straight to my best of all time list. Very original, awesome setting. A very smart book. Great writing. LOVED it. Can't wait to read it again.Read it again. Just as good the second time.7/29/2014: My fourth read! Always amazing, but this time was really cool. My niece is at my house for a few days. She has to read this over the summer for school! We stayed up all night re...
  • Catie Currie
    This was such a good book! I've learned to be wary of Newberry winners because, for some reason, they tend to be awful, but this one was so wonderful! It was well-written, touched on a lot of sticky issues in a really open, but tactful way, and the first person narration felt very authentic. The "twist" was fairly obvious to an adult, but I have no doubt that lots of kids' jaws dropped. I will definitely be recommending this book to all the middl...
  • Shannon
    4.5 stars!This is the newest Newbery Medal Award Winner and I had actually wanted to read it before it had been nominated. This is a cleverly written "slice of life" tale that transcends age, gender, and race and is a great story that anyone and everyone can enjoy.This book twists and turns and meanders about in such a fascinating way that you're quickly pulled into Miranda's and her friends' lives and what it's like to grow up in New York in the...
  • Jackie
    I just finished this, and I'm feeling like I missed something. So many people are raving about this, but I don't see it. I liked the New York setting, the kids running around on their own with latch keys, and the visits to the sub shop at lunch time. The friendships and characters were good, but didn't seem remarkable. The story is about Miranda, who lives with her mom in New York, and whose favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, which is one of my ...
  • Lightreads
    Tiny, tremendous book! True story – I was reading this morning in the waiting room at the doctor's office. I'd spent the whole train ride up bitching to myself about how these guys are always overscheduled and without fail they're running at least half an hour behind. So I'm sitting there, about 90% of the way through my audiobook, and my name gets called. And I'm all, ". . . you're early," and the tech is all, "it's weird, isn't it?" and hones...
  • Carol
    I had heard lots of good things about When You Reach Me. I read several excellent reviews about it. When I heard that it won the John Newbery Medal for outstanding children's literature I decided it was time to add it to my TBR list. Then, our Children's Librarian chose it for her Book Thieves Book Group. So I waited a bit to hear how the group liked it. They liked it just fine. I'm quite impressed that The Book Thieves got the story. It's not an...
  • Maria
    This book was really good! I'm giving this book 8. 5 stars because it was so amazing. In love how everything was tied together all into one outcome. I will write a better review later on because I'm on a bus right now!
  • Sarah BT
    I read this book many months ago, but I've held off on blogging about it because I didn't find myself gushing over it like everyone else and I wanted to think about why. I enjoyed it, and I think it's a good read, and I'm featuring it on Tween Tuesday because I think some tweens will enjoy it. It just didn't strike me as a book that could have a huge tween audience. If you have a tween reader who has enjoyed books by Kate DiCamillo, Sharon Creech...
  • Steph Su
    Every once in a while there comes along a book that is so unique, so awe-inspiring, that you have to immediately rave about it to everyone around who reads books. WHEN YOU REACH ME is such a book. Rebecca Stead’s second novel is a middle-grade treasure that people will hopefully stumble upon and love all their lives.My favorite part about this book was, of course, the sci-fi time-travel aspect, which was seamlessly woven into a coming-of-age st...