Don’t miss When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, this year’s Newbery Award winner. The book is about Miranda, a 12-year-old girl, who lives in a Manhattan apartment with her single mom who works for a New York City law firm. Miranda becomes caught up in a web of mysterious notes that keep popping up unexpectedly. The notes mention things only she would know and seem to beg her to do things she is unsure about. The story is a combination of mystery, historical fiction and a bit of fantasy. It gets you hooked, and I promise, until the mystery is solved, you won’t be able to put it down. The characters are very believable and the clues within the story fit together perfectly in the end. It’s one of those books you may even read again to re-discover all that has happened.
Read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time before or after reading When You Reach Me. It’s Miranda’s favorite book and Rebecca Stead uses the theme of time travel brilliantly within her story.
Currently When You Reach Me is only available in hard back. Check it out at the public library or if you would like to borrow it this summer, email me! We have a copy in the SCB library.