Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me was definitely not what I expected. After reading a few descriptions of the book, and the “mysterious letters” main character Miranda receives, I was expecting a mystery.

Miranda, a sixth grader living in New York City with her single mom, does indeed receive mysterious letters, but this book is not a mystery or thriller. It is the kind of book that makes references to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

If you are a fan of L’Engle, you will likely be a fan of When You Reach Me. If you did not enjoy A Wrinkle in Time, you may not connect with this book. I am not a fan of L’Engle, or science fiction in general, so I was left feeling a bit disappointed by this Newbery Medal winner.