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When You Reach Me

Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.....

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. 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.

©2009 Rebecca Stead (P)2009 Random House

Critic Reviews

"[W]hen all the sidewalk characters from Miranda's Manhattan world converge amid mind-blowing revelations and cunning details, teen readers will circle back to the beginning and say,'Wow... cool.'" ( Kirkus Reviews)
"[T]he mental gymnastics required of readers are invigorating; and the characters, children, and adults are honest bits of humanity no matter in what place or time their souls rest." ( Booklist)

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  • Emily
  • 23-06-2011

Simply fantastic!

I've been recommending this book to everyone I can, adult and children alike. I've listened to it twice already and enjoyed it tremendously. My six year old daughter loved it too (though I'm sure she didn't understand all of it). This book is my absolute favorite kind of book. A tautly written, tightly plotted story in which all the pieces only make sense after you've read the story.
It was the best book I listened to (or read) last year!

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  • Brianna
  • 26-12-2009

Excellent intrigue story

This is a very interesting and exciting book. Really holds your attention and interest from thebeginning to finish. I will listen to it again, I am sure!I already have my older sister listening to it..and I suspect my Nona will want to hear it too! So, in my home, interest in this story is across ages 10 to 70! Great !!

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  • B. Injasoulian
  • 16-09-2015

Stellar

My 11 year old son and I were completely transfixed by the story. Tightly woven, engaging, and a brilliant thought exercise on time travel. Trippy in the best way and filled with lovable, imperfect characters. I was particularly happy with the adult characters who were crafted with uncommon respect and connectedness. We are ordering her new book right now!

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  • KnightFam
  • 08-10-2018

Terrible narration

The story probably would've been good, but my kids and I couldn't get past the terrible narrator.

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  • Devon
  • 04-08-2015

awesome

This book is very interesting And easy to follow with a good feel for the reader

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  • B. Throssell
  • 03-01-2019

Fun story

Well developed and interesting characters. Fun interwoven plot lines. I enjoyed listening to the bòk.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2018

Fantastic

amazing book! my daughter and I read it together and loved it so much! Read it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2018

oh my God YESSS

I actually cried when the laughing man uhh yeah.. no spoilers! and afterwards I was just so satisfied that everything made sense and i REALLY recommend it !!! please read!

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  • Lori
  • 24-08-2018

Great for my 5th grader & I to listen to together!

I REALLY enjoyed this book - maybe more than my 10 year old did. It was a wonderful story - so interesting. I love the quick start and the WOW ending and everything in between.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-2018

Fantastic book

We listened to this with our kids (age 9 and 12) on a road trip. We all really loved this book and can highly recommend it.