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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  

When You Reach Me

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2011, this is a brilliantly fresh and original story with a puzzle at its heart. When Miranda’s best friend Sal is punched in the stomach by another boy for no apparent reason everything begins to unravel. Where the threads lead and how Miranda follows them is beautifully and simply told despite the fact that the story they tell is complex and thought-provoking. This is a great book.

Synopsis

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives: 'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter'.

The notes keep coming and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. 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.

Rebecca Stead reads from the book in the video below:


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Reviews

'Smart and mesmerising' - New York Times

'..a well-written and engaging read.. a story in which characters really come alive during those few months we spend with them' - Philip Ardagh in The Guardian

About the Author

Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead is an American author who writes books for children and young adults. She won the 2010 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature for her second novel, When You Reach Me.
Stead enjoyed writing as a child, but as she grew older she felt it was 'impractical' and became a lawyer instead. After years as a public defender she returned to writing after the birth of her two children.

On her website she credits her son with inspiring her to write a children's novel, but not in the way one would expect. For years she had collected story ideas and short stories on a laptop, which the child pushed off a table, destroying it and losing all her 'serious' writing. As a way to lighten her mood she began again with something light-hearted. The creation of First Light followed.

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Publication date

6th January 2011

Author

Rebecca Stead

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Author's Website

www.rebeccasteadbooks.com/
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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
208 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 17 years

Categories

11+ readers
All Shortlists and Winners
Debuts of the Month
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781849392129

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