Samar is a sixth grader in my class, and is a delightful, bright young lady who makes me smile every time she walks through the door. She’s also an enthusiastic gal, evidenced in part by being the first to send me a book review when I put the offer out to the kids this year. I would say I should give more homework if there’s time to do extra stuff, but I really don’t believe that. I’m thrilled to have her thoughts here, and that my course offers time and the encouragement to do independent reading, which all kids (and adults) should do more of!
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
When You Reach Me is a novel by acclaimed writer Rebecca Stead. In this novel, Miranda begins receiving strange notes hidden in her own possessions by an unknown person. At first Miranda is frightened by these notes, but soon she becomes intrigued, determined to find out who is sending the notes and why. The answer, when it finally comes, will be the biggest surprise of all. When You Reach Me is a coming of age novel that dabbles a little in time travel and the surreal, a novel that will leave readers as anxious as Miranda to solve each mystery, the notes and as well as some of the more common mysteries of childhood.
Since the first time I read this book in 3rd or 4th grade, my life has changed. Rebecca Stead is an author who truly knows how to create a picture in the reader’s mind. Her choice of words, keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting to know what will happen. Throughout the novel, characters are greatly developed. The main character Miranda goes from being an average 6th grader, with no real goals, to a determined, curious, young woman. On top of having to deal with these mysterious notes, Miranda must deal with a fight with her best friend Sal and a mysterious boy named Marcus. I recommend this book for anyone who has read or enjoyed How to Steal a Dog by: Barbra O’Connor or A Year Without Autumn by: Liz Kessler. Will Miranda discover who this mysterious note writer is, or will she live her whole life curious? Read the book to find out.