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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25,964 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Stead Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2009:
    "[W]hen all the sidewalk characters from Miranda's Manhattan world converge amid mind-blowing revelations and cunning details, teen readers will circle back to the beginning and say,'Wow ... cool.'"
  • Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2009:
    "[T]he mental gymnastics required of readers are invigorating; and the characters, children, and adults are honest bits of humanity no matter in what place or time their souls rest."
  • Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, July & August, 2009:
  • Closing revelations are startling and satisfying but quietly made, their reverberations giving plenty of impetus for the reader to go back to the beginning and catch what was missed."
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2009:
    "This unusual, thought-provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers."
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 22, 2009:
    "It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises."
  • Review, People Magazine, July 13, 2009:
  • Review, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009:
    "Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward."
  • Review, The Washington Post Book World, July 15, 2009:
  • Review, The New York Times Book Review, August 16, 2009:
    "Smart and mesmerizing."
  • “In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance. A hybrid of genres, it is a complex mystery, a work of historical fiction, a school story and one of friendship, with a leitmotif of time travel running through it. Most of all, the novel is a thrilling puzzle. Stead piles up clues on the way to a moment of intense drama, after which it is pretty much impossible to stop.”

    New York Times

  • “Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda’s favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of ‘life, death, and the beauty of it all.’”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • Winner of the 2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award
  • A 2009 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2009 New York Times Notable Book for Children
  • A 2011 Children’s Book Award Nominee
  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction
  • Winner of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award: Middle Reader Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Danni | 2/13/2014

    " Library ebook. Had a hard time getting into it. But pushed forward. It was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ivan | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've read all year. Great plotting; wonderful, sympathic characters I felt like I knew and cared about. There is a mystery - or rather mysterious things happen - things that are revealed at the end which render this quite a unique story - they actually elevate the material. It is no wonder to me that this won the Newberry Medal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christabel | 2/8/2014

    " YR and awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/8/2014

    " 4.5 stars. This is a book I think I enjoyed more than the kids. I read A Wrinkle in Time to them several months ago to help prep for this book as I knew that it dealt pretty directly with that book. I am glad I did as I think everyone understood and enjoyed it more because of that. Very worthy Newbery winner IMO. "

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