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When You Reach Me

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Perfectly voiced, mysterious sci-fi coming-of-age tale.

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age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 9+

This was a GREAT STORY!

Most of the time I don't read this genre of books, but "When you Reach me" was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. It had a lot of feel-good moments and a mystery that has clues thrown in EVERYWHERE, while still having an unexpected twist. I also loved the character growth that Miranda goes through. I say ages 9+ because there is a few conversations that could be potentially hard to follow, and there is a death at the end that me seem disturbing. 4.5 stars!!
age 8+

Best. Kid's book. Ever

This book is amazing! I'm a teacher and I reccomend it to soooo many students. It can be a bit scary... but you aren't going to learn to be brave if your parents are always shielding you. They say "hell" twice, and there is a few kisses between sixth graders. Nothing more. Awesome book even adults will enjoy and it will leave you thinking til the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (59 ):

WHEN YOU REACH ME won the 2010 Newbery Medal, and offers an exciting, twisty plot that plays with the time-space continuum. It's hard to call it sci-fi, however, since the main focus is Miranda's perfectly voiced, first-person account of negotiating friendships and family dynamics on the cusp of adolescence. Young readers will relate to Miranda's gradual, sometimes painful self-awareness, though they might find its 1979 setting quaint as characters actually talk to each other (rather than text or IM).

With its mystery hook, this is one of those well-written books that should appeal to both librarians AND kids.

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