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When you reach me

by Stead, Rebecca.

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Audiovisual MP3 JF STE
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
 
Call Number  MP3 JF STE
 
 
Summary
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where its 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 Mirandas 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 friends 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 shes too late.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* If this book makes your head hurt, you're not alone. Sixth-grader Miranda admits that the events she relates make her head hurt, too. Time travel will do that to you. The story takes place in 1979, though time frames, as readers learn, are relative. Miranda and Sal have been best friends since way before that. They both live in a tired Manhattan apartment building and walk home together from school. One day everything changes. Sal is kicked and punched by a schoolmate and afterward barely acknowledges Miranda. Which leaves her to make new friends, even as she continues to reread her ratty copy of A Wrinkle in Time and tutor her mother for a chance to compete on The $20,000 Pyramid. She also ponders a puzzling, even alarming series of events that begins with a note: I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own . . . you must write me a letter. Miranda's first-person narrative is the letter she is sending to the future. Or is it the past? It's hard to know if the key events ultimately make sense (head hurting!), and it seems the whys, if not the hows, of a pivotal character's actions are not truly explained. Yet everything else is quite wonderful. The '70s New York setting is an honest reverberation of the era; the 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. Just as Miranda rereads L'Engle, children will return to this.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Twelve-year-old Miranda, a latchkey kid whose single mother is a law school dropout, narrates this complex novel, a work of science fiction grounded in the nitty-gritty of Manhattan life in the late 1970s. Miranda's story is set in motion by the appearance of cryptic notes that suggest that someone is watching her and that they know things about her life that have not yet happened. She's especially freaked out by one that reads: "I'm coming to save your friend's life, and my own." Over the course of her sixth-grade year, Miranda details three distinct plot threads: her mother's upcoming appearance on The $20,000 Pyramid; the sudden rupture of Miranda's lifelong friendship with neighbor Sal; and the unsettling appearance of a deranged homeless person dubbed "the laughing man." Eventually and improbably, these strands converge to form a thought-provoking whole. Stead (First Light) accomplishes this by making every detail count, including Miranda's name, her hobby of knot tying and her favorite book, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises. Ages 9-14. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Space and time -- Fiction.
Space and time -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1951- -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1951- -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] :Playaway Digital Audio :2010
[Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Holloway, Cynthia, narrator.
Listening Library.
Random House Audio Publishing.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Read by Cynthia Holloway.
Language English
Notes Title from Playaway label.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Previously released by Random House, Inc., p2009.
"HDAUDIO."
"Listening Library"--Container.
In container (21 x 13 x 3 cm.).
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Accompanying material may vary.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (approximately 4 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781616579043
1616579048
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