When You Reach Me (Paperback)
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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 02/04/2020
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Structured with clockwork precision and written with sensitivity and flair, Stead’s unconventional mystery novel follows a troubled teenager and some intriguing notes which may just help her to prevent a tragic death. Both a beautifully judged character study and a gripping genre piece, When You Reach Me fizzes with ideas and intelligence.

Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives: 'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.' The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. 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.

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781783449637
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Smart and mesmerising" * New York Times *
"A gently philosophical take on how the future can affect the present." -- Katy Guest * Independent on Sunday Books of the Year *
"Witty, touching and clever." -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
"Beautifully and simply told despite the fact that the story they tell is complex and thought-provoking. This is a great book." -- Julia Eccleshare * LoveReading4Kids *
"This is one of the most impressive children's books I've read in a long time. The writing (is) delicate yet robust, full of insight, compassion and wisdom. Stead manages to describe complex emotions in a fresh and original manner." -- Sarah Webb * Irish Independent *
"One of my favourite US children's books of recent years" * Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday *
"A rather special find" -- Lorna Bradbury * Telegraph *
"A satisfying read that should remain popular as long as the classic A Wrinkle In Time to which it pays homage." * Carousel *

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Amanda Kennedy

“Magical realism for young adults”

I was very impressed with this book, not least because the plot twists in unexpected ways and turned my assumptions on their head! From the very first chapter I was gripped: the potential for story development was... More

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“A book you will remember”

When You Reach Me tells Miranda's quirky story from when her best friend Sal is punched for no reason, to when she starts receiving mysterious letters which she is sure she can solve on her own and finally to the... More

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“Smarty Pants Goodness”

A great story, with a genius finale that's so well planned throughout, that you can't help but begrudge the fact you couldn't see it coming. Well fleshed-out characters and believable scenarios make the... More

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