When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal
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.
Mrs Salters Review-
This is most definitely one of the very best books in the library for junior students, but I also force it on older students and they love it too.
While extraordinary things are going on in Miranda’s life, she is living a very normal life with everyday problems. Things compound with mysterious letters, her best friend ignoring her and her relationship with her Mum is suffering. How will things turn out, can Miranda do anything to solve her mysteries? She is a likeable and capable girl, join her for her adventure, it has an unexpected and heartening end.