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When You Reach Me

Written by Rebecca SteadAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Rebecca Stead


· Wendy Lamb Books
· Hardcover · Ages 8-12 years
· July 14, 2009 · $16.99 · 978-0-385-73742-5 (0-385-73742-4)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This Newbery Medal winner that has a fantastic puzzle at its heart has been called “smart and mesmerizing,” (The New York Times), “superb” (The Wall Street Journal), and “incandescent” (The Washington Post).
 
When Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, she doesn’t know what to do.
 
The notes tell her that she must write a letter, a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone—not even her best friend, Sal.
 
It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that’s the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
 
“Lovely and almost impossibly clever.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction
A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book

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Winner of the Newbery Medal
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
A best book of the year:
Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, Indies Choice
Named to Multiple State Award Lists
Five starred reviews


"[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.'" —Kirkus Reviews, Starred review

"[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." —Booklist, Starred review

"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." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred review

"This unusual, thought-provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers." —School Library Journal, Starred review

"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." —Publishers Weekly, Starred review

"Absorbing." —People

"Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward." —The Wall Street Journal

“Incandescent.” —The Washington Post

"Smart and mesmerizing." —The New York Times

AWARDS

WINNER 2009 - Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
WINNER 2009 - New York Times Notable Book
WINNER 2009 - Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
WINNER 2009 - Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
WINNER 2009 - School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2009 - Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
WINNER 2009 - Horn Book Fanfare
WINNER 2009 - National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award
WINNER 2009 - Parents' Choice Gold Award
WINNER 2009 - Book Links Lasting Connection
WINNER 2010 - Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER 2010 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2010 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults Top 10
WINNER 2010 - NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
WINNER 2010 - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
WINNER 2010 - NCTE Notable Children's Trade Books in the Language Arts
WINNER 2010 - IRA Children's Book Award for Older Readers
NOMINEE 2011 - Hawaii Nene Award
NOMINEE 2010 - Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Master List
WINNER - New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
WINNER - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER - Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best books
NOMINEE - Amelia Bloomer List Recommended Title
NOMINEE - Maine Student Book Award
NOMINEE - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER - Texas Lone Star Reading List
NOMINEE - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE - Missouri Gateway Readers Award
NOMINEE - Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
NOMINEE - Virginia Young Readers Program Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

REBECCA STEAD is the author of When You Reach Me, which was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Liar & Spy, which was also a New York Times bestseller, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction, and was on multiple state master lists and best of the year lists. Her most recent book, Goodbye Stranger, was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of First Light, which was nominated for many state awards. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at rebeccasteadbooks.com.

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