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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

"Smart and mesmerizing."
-The New York Times Book Review

 

 

Four mysterious notes 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, and they know who 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 ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. 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.

2010 John Newbery Medal
2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction
A New York Times Notable Book for Children
A New York Times Bestseller

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