When You Reach Me When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars What can I say that hasn’t already been said in a million positive reviews? It’s one of those books that doesn’t waste time on filler. It’s neat and tidy and to the point, while still capturing something evocative about childhood. Despite all the mentions of A Wrinkle in Time, the pace of the adventure is a bit quieter here, but the mysteries of the story will be rewarding to readers who don’t require a lot of excitement. Which isn’t to say that the story isn’t engaging – it is – but it requires some attention. I could guess a few plot developments early on, but the characters never felt predictable or pat. The moment in the television studio towards the end, when Miranda pieces it all together, caught me up completely. Stead’s portrayal of middle school friendships was just so accurate, and the sense of time and place also strongly contributed to the story. With so much buzz, I’m curious to see how this book does with both young readers and awards committees. Slim and succinct, I’d probably recommend this to 4th graders and up, despite the age of the characters. I might also recommend it to fans of mysteries who are more interested in piecing together clues than action and adventure. View all my reviews >>

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