The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

A Most Wonderful Book July 20, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade — kidsbookcorner @ 5:04 pm

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

(Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover)

Ages 10+

This weekend I had the pleasure of reading one of the most wonderful middle grade novels I have read this year. Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me is a very special book. Sixth-grader Miranda lives in New York City with her mom. She deals with regular kid issues, notably the disintegration of a longtime friendship.  Then one day she starts to find these notes – mysterious messages from an unknown writer who seems to know what is going to happen to her in the future.

Woven into the story are references to Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Stead has done a glorious job with this book, and I ask that you put it in the hands of your favorite young reader.

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