1st book I read during my 1st read-a-thon

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
While reading this book, I was reminded of the way I felt when reading The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin for the first time. Let me tell you—from me, praise just don’t get much higher than that.
For the first time in a while, I’ve found a book I can see myself re-reading many times—I’d’ve felt this way for certain if I’d read this book as a child (which would require time travel of my own, since this book was published in 2009).
Miranda is a 12-year-old girl living in New York City with her mom, an under-employed paralegal who is preparing to appear on The $20,000 Pyramid (this book is set in the late 1970s).
Miranda finds herself involved in a weird plot in which she receives small notes containing mysterious messages. As the story progresses, she figures out that the messages are written by someone who has seen the future. (Time travel!) The book itself, told in Miranda’s voice, is written as a response to the person who leaves her the messages.
There’s all kinds of good stuff here: friendships that are in transition (oh, the pain of it when one is 12!), a parent who is a real person with her own interests and issues, references to the wonderful A Wrinkle in Time, and a cast of charming characters who would be interesting to know even if they weren’t embroiled in a thrilling time travel plot.
By the end of the book, I felt like I was just about to explode with joy.
This is a very good book. I rest my case.

4 thoughts on “1st book I read during my 1st read-a-thon

  1. Bybee,
    Yes, I'm confident it'll still be good. The Wrinkle in Time part was just icing on the cake.

    I know! I hadn't thought of the $20,000 Pyramid in *years* and it all came back to me and I felt so fond of it all of a sudden.

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