When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Miranda lives in New York City. She lived a typical life until she began receiving mysterious notes asking her to write her story from “the beginning”. As she grapples with the request of the mysterious note writing stranger, she must deal with the trials and tribulations of becoming a teenager. Will her best friend Sal ever talk to her again? Will she ever know why he shut her out?Will her mother win big bucks on the $20,000 Pyramid? What is up with the laughing man under the mailbox in front of her apartment building? Who took the spare key to her apartment?
Rebecca Stead writes a beautiful narrative about coming of age in 1979 New York City. Your students will be intrigued by the mystery that she unfolds slowly throughout the story. This great story helps today’s kids discover the differences of growing up in the era of “latchkey” kids, single parenting and life before technology took over our lives. This story will have you guessing until the end. This is a true mystery in the tradition of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.