When You Reach Me

Stead, R. (2009). When you reach me. NY: Yearling.

Miranda is a middle school student and one day her good friend Sal is punched in the stomach by a boy named Marcus. The next day he stops being friends with her for no apparent reason.  Soon Miranda becomes friends with a girl in her class, Annemarie. At her home, Miranda and Miranda’s mom’s boyfriend help her mom prepare for when she will be on the show “The $20,000 Pyramid.”  One day Miranda comes home to find that their apartment door is open and when her mom checks their hiding place for their key, it is missing.  Soon after Miranda starts finding these obscure random notes in random places.  Also, every day, she passes by this crazy homeless man.  Then one day as she talks to him she notices something familiar about him.  One day Miranda sees Marcus chasing Sal, apparently to apologize, but it causes Sal to run into the street and almost get killed.  Luckily, the homeless man sacrifices himself for Sal.  Miranda then realizes that Marcus is the homeless guy and he has learned how to travel through time.  This is a very poignant story of friendship. I would recommend this book to 4th-8th graders.


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