When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This is a book I kept thinking about long after I had read it.

Miranda’s life changes suddenly and this change appears to coincides with her best friend Sal being punched in the stomach by an unknown boy. This punched changed Sal and he shutting Miranda out of his life. This is the first of a series of unexplained events that

Further complications to her life are the mysterious appearance of a series of notes, new friendships and a number of unexplained events. The notes keep turning up in Miranda’s book, bag, pocket and shoe, warnings of an event – a death.

At the same time she makes new friends with couple of girls. This causes new problems as it disrupts an existing friendship.

Underlying all this is the possibility of time travel linked to the strange and random appearance of a naked running man. This is compounded by her growing relationship with Marcus, the one person who connects the key elements of the story.

This book would be great to set of discussions about existence, friendships and understanding how we behave as social human beings.

About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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