84 pages 2 hours read

Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2009

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Before You Read

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead follows 12-year-old Miranda Sinclair as she attempts to unravel the strange notes she receives, which suggest someone's life is in danger, and she must help save them. The story is set in 1979 New York City and combines themes of time travel and coming of age as Miranda navigates friendships and self-discovery.

Reviews & Readership

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Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me has received broad acclaim for its gripping plot, complex characters, and seamless blend of genres like science fiction and mystery. Critics praise its engaging narrative and thought-provoking themes. However, some readers find the story's pacing uneven. Overall, it captivates both young and adult audiences with its rich storytelling.

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Who Should Read When You Reach Me?

Readers who appreciate thought-provoking stories with elements of mystery and science fiction, such as A Wrinkle in Time or The Westing Game, will enjoy When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. They are likely middle-grade readers who relish complex characters, intricate plots, and timeless themes of friendship and discovery.

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