When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Book Bag Pocket Shoe. Places where messages, addressed to Miranda, are held. She is caught up in A Wrinkle In Time. And she is one of the only two people who understand it. Her future is planned. Miranda has got to write a letter. But to whom?

Wow. Rebecca Stead strikes again. She expertly pulls off a mystery tinged with richly detailed normal life that makes a book just a bit more easy going. Her characters are real, her story is original, but not too fantastical and random. The mystery side of the plot is not at all predictable (even for a person who can predict plots with their eyes, almost, closed). The cause of this is that the answer to the mystery is incorporated into the daily life part of the book, which I didn’t look into for the answer. If Stead planned to do this, or it simply happened, is all to her credit. Perhaps, the latter is more possible as in Liar and Spy (you can read my review on this book) a heavy load of daily life is incorporated. I suspect this is Stead’s style, and very much respect it, though the first few chapters do not at all link to each other. However, it was in those chapters that the answer to the mystery was.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

P.S. Happy Holidays to school children like me!

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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