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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

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.

Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
4.6
Lexile Measure
750L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Publisher
RANDOM HOUSE INC. (CHILDREN)
Book Type
Chapter Book
Genre
Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author

Rebecca Stead Rebecca Stead is a former attorney who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. She is the winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me.

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