Wednesday, 6 July 2011

When You Reach Me

'When You Reach Me' by Rebecca Stead won the acclaimed Newbury Award in the US in 2010.

It is a delightful and clever story about family, friendship and time travel.

12 year old Miranda lives in a flat in New York City. Up until recently, she and her best friend, a boy called Sal, have been almost inseparable. Together they negotiated the tough New York streets to and from school.

But things are changing, and after Sal is inexplicably punched by a stranger, Sal has been avoiding Miranda.

Thrown in to this mix is Miranda's family situation. She and her mother live in a relatively poor area. They have big plans though, as her mother has finally been chosen as a contestant on the TV game show, the $20,000 pyramid. Both mother and daughter have ideas of what they will do if/when Miranda's mother wins!

Then there are the mysterious notes that Miranda has been receiving. Who has been leaving these notes for her?

Deft storyline that ties all the pieces of this novel together.



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