July 14, 2009
July 14, 2009
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’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:
I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
From the Hardcover edition.
Set in late 1970s New York City, this tightly plotted, well-written science-fiction thriller follows 12-year-old Miranda as she tries to figure out who is leaving her mysterious, dangerously knowledgeable notes. The notes warn of future problems to arise, and as Miranda struggles to put the pieces together, her life is in flux. Her best friend Sal has stopped talking to her, her mom is getting ready to go on a television show, THE 20,000 PYRAMID, and the plot of her favorite book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, seems to actually reflect what's happening in her life. Gripping, carefully crafted, and creepy, this story is both solidly realistic and excitingly futuristic. WHEN YOU REACH ME won the 2010 Newbery Award as the best children's book. It was selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Children's Book of 2009, and by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.
- Online Item #: 11536395
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-5460
- ISBN: 9780739380727
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported