When You Reach Me

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When You Reach Me

Conflict/QuoteMiranda has a conflict with Sal. This was because Miranda's other friend, Marcus, punched Sal for no reason causing Sal to not talk to Miranda. In fact, it was almost a year untill they spoke again."Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil is invisible. We walk around happily with these invisible veils hanging down over our faces. The world is kind of blurry, and we like it that way. But sometimes our veils are pushed away for a few moments, like there's a wind blowing it from our faces. And when the veil lifts, we can see the world as it really is, just for those few seconds before it settles down again. We see all the beauty, and cruelty, and sadness, and love. But mostly we are happy not to. Some people learn to lift the veil themselves. Then they don't have to depend on the wind anymore."

Author: Rebecca Stead

RecomendationAlthough anyone could read When You Reach Me and like it, I would recomend this book to girls in 5th-7th grade who are interested in mystery or science fiction novels. My reasoning for recomending this book to those types of people is because this book includes time travel and suspence. Also, with all of the drama, a typical boy would most likely not fall for this book.

ThemeThe theme of this novel is compassion/forgiveness. Throughout the book, you see examples and suttle hints of things like sacrafice and thinking of other people. It also shows how friendships will break and eventually become renewed over time (Sal and Miranda).

Title: When You Reach Me



More About Rebecca

When You Reach Me took place in New York in the years 1978-1979.The mood was sad because the Laughing man dies but also mysteriou

The protanganist is Miranda. She is a sixth grader who is very interested in science and lives in a small apartment in New York. The antagonist is the Laughing Man, a homeless person who lives on the corner of her street, because he frustrates Miranda by sending her a series of letters and she can't figure out who wrote them. In the end, he does actually turn out a good guy.

Rebecca won an American Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me in 2010. In the begining,though she enjoyed writing, she felt it was impractical to be an author, so she became a lawyer. Her son inspired her to write a childrens novel but later got into serious writing. Her book When You Reach Me was based off of her childhood in New York. Here are other books Rebecca wrote:-Liar ' Spy-First Light

Genre: sciense fiction/mystery

Why I Liked This Book

I liked the book When You Reach Me because it has some real life scenarios. For instance, Miranda (an only child) lives with her Mom and her mothers boy friend Richard. That can absolutely happen in real life. Something I will remember about the book is how the Laughing Man risked his life for Sal, Miranda's friend.

Small DetailsMiranda is living in NYC with her mom and her mother's boyfriend, Richard. She was walking home from school with Sal, her best friend, noticing the neighborhood trouble makers aren't outside of their garage like normal so they walked on the regular side of the road. Big mistake because Miranda's future friend, Marcus, comes out and punches Sal in the gut, causing him to fade out of Miranda's life. One day at school Miranda bumps into Marcus and becomes great friends with him when she later starts finding a series of notes written annonomously. Who are they from? What will happen? You'll have to read the book to find out...

Erin Mayou11/17/14


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