When You Reach Me

Publisher: Andersen Press

Review

Miranda has just started the sixth grade at school and her familiar world begins to unravel when her best friend is hit by a stranger and refuses to speak to her anymore. Then mysterious notes start to arrive with clues about the future.

As Miranda learns to cope with life without her oldest friend she is forced to start walking to school on her own, cope with the Laughing Man and make new friends as she tries to solve the mystery of the notes and help her mum gen up for a quiz show they are hoping will change their lives around.

This gentle, poignant and surprising book about the nature of friendship, families and growing up has deservedly won every children's book prize going in the US including the coveted Newbery Medal 2010. It was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011 and we can hope to see it on many more in the UK.

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