Mama Reads
Book Review — Newbery Winner

51eaY7kRvnL._SL160_Do you remember when you were a kid and you read A Wrinkle in Time or The Chronicles of Narnia or A Wizard of Earthsea or A Ring of Endless Light for the first time?  It’s like that.  The 2010 Newbery Medal Winner, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is just like that.  It has just enough magic, just enough mystery, just enough regular girl trying to figure out herself and the world.  It is one of the most solid books I have read in some time and I cannot wait for all those kids out there to read it and say “This is my favorite book, ever!”   And they will, because it is just that good!

The story is set in New York City in 1979.  The author said in an interview that was because she wanted the characters to have a certain amount of autonomy as she did growing up in the city and didn’t think it would be believeable in today’s culture.  Miranda’s best friend Sal doesn’t want to hang out with her anymore and she is starting to recieve strange notes that seem to predict the future.  She keeps re-reading a Wrinkle in Time and the way the author ties together the two stories is excellent.  As Miranda navigates the tricky world of 6th grade and new friendships the mystery unfolds itself until it reaches the exceptional ending which made me want to turn around and re-read the book immediately.  If you have middle readers, or a grownup who appreciates a good read, be sure to introduce them to this book!

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