After seeing great reviews of Rebecca Stead's youth novel When You Reach Me on Lena's site and others and noticing it on many TBR lists, I was really interested in reading this book. It is the story of a twelve-year old girl, Miranda, in New York City, trying to navigate the ups and downs of the sixth grade but also a mystery much more adult.
I agree with Lena that the least said about this plot before you read the book, the better. However, I think your experience will be greatly enhanced if you have already read Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time. It is Miranda's favorite book and she references it frequently. This is a very smart middle grade book that owes much to L'Engle's example of trusting children with topics beyond the normal realm of their understanding.
Enjoying this visit to 1979,
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