Summary: This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart.
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late. -- Yearling
Just about a year ago, I reviewed an amazing book called WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead. Obviously I was not alone in my praise of this novel because almost everyone I know thought this book was terrific. It was given countless awards including the Newbery Medal, and it truly was one of my favorite middle grade reads of the year.
WHEN YOU REACH ME is now available in paperback just in time for the holidays. If you have a middle grader in your life, WHEN YOU REACH ME would make the perfect gift. Although honestly, as much as I loved this book, it just might be an ideal gift for readers of all ages.
I just happen to have a copy of WHEN YOU REACH ME for one lucky reader courtesy of the publisher. To enter, just fill out the form below before December 9th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. Contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!