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When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

RRP €9.95

When You Reach Me
by Author Name Rebecca Stead

Book details for title
List Price:9.95
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 14mm, 208pp
Publication date: 06 Jan 2011
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781849392129

Dubray Review

Miranda and Sal have been best friends forever – it is as though there is no Miranda without Sal and vice versa. Miranda’s world falls out of sync when Sal suddenly stops talking to her after he is punched randomly on their way home from school.
Not only must she navigate New York without her best friend but she is also left alone and bewildered and receiving odd notes from a person claiming to know the future. As each predicted event happens, Miranda begins to worry that Sal’s life is in danger as the first note claimed that they had come to save her friend’s life.When You Reach Me is a quiet tribute to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Fans of the original classic will love When You Reach Me and Rebecca Stead’s book is sure to inspire a new generation of readers to get their hands on the A Wrinkle in Time. There are plots layered over plots in this fantastic read. It’s being called The Time Traveller’s Wife for kids, I believe it is and so much more besides.
Christine O’Connor, Dubray Books Blackrock

Description

Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives: 'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.' The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises 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.

Reviews

"A gently philosophical take on how the future can affect the present." -- Katy Guest Independent on Sunday Books of the Year "Witty, touching and clever." -- Sally Morris Daily Mail "Beautifully and simply told despite the fact that the story they tell is complex and thought-provoking. This is a great book." -- Julia Eccleshare LoveReading4Kids "This is one of the most impressive children's books I've read in a long time. The writing (is) delicate yet robust, full of insight, compassion and wisdom. Stead manages to describe complex emotions in a fresh and original manner." -- Sarah Webb Irish Independent "A satisfying read that should remain popular as long as the classic A Wrinkle In Time to which it pays homage." Carousel