When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead
My recommended age: 12 and up
AR Level: 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent::  4.6
Lexile: 750L

This Newbery award winning book is about a 6th grade girl in New York City in the 1970's. She gets caught up in an intriguing series of clues which involve the present and future. The book didn't grip me from the start, but as Miranda struggles to figure out three mysterious messages, the story becomes totally captivating.  It is one of those books that I kept thinking about for a few days after I had finished and wanted to talk about with all my friends (or on this blog).

There was very little offensive moments in this book.  The phrase OMG is used, but only once or twice.  Also keep in mind, that parents were much more laxed about where they let their kids wander in the 1970's.  Miranda is a latchkey kid and walks the streets of New York City, passing a crazy homeless man everyday.  She witnesses some teens beating up a boy and a friend of hers being kicked and punched.


Liz says:

Having won the Newbery Award I was excited to pick this up.  The story took a little to get into and follow, but once I got into it,  it flowed well and I read it in two hours.  I liked it, but am not sure why it won.  Most of the winners I have read have enthralled me and I felt like I had an "ah-hah" moment while reading them.  Although it was good and I would recommend it, I wonder if the author "knows someone" on the committee.

Happy Reading!

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