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Winner, Newbery Medal, United States, 2010

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world.

Miranda and Sal are best friends, but when Sal gets punched by a new kid for no apparent reason, he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.

Miranda finds other notes left for her in strange places and she realises that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that haven't even happened yet...

When You Reach Me is a story about friendship and time. It's an intriguing puzzle with pieces that fit together in the most intricate and unexpected ways.

Praise for Rebecca Stead and When You Reach Me:

‘Humorous, pacey, mindbending.’

Martine Murray

‘In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance.’

New York Times

‘Australian readers are swept into the complexities of childhood in a crowded city, the noise, the traffic, and local characters like the homeless laughing man. When You Reach Me is compelling reading for 11-year-olds upwards. With its notions of time and time travel, its multilayered plot and empathetic characterisation make it ideal for classroom reading.’

Canberra Times

‘Stead compellingly incorporates time travel and mystery into everyday children’s issues of school, friendship and family.’

Sunday Telegraph

‘This is an utterly intriguing, engaging and unique story from a very accomplished writer. Written with depth, warmth, humour and great verve, it challenges our thinking and shows us that life is rarely all it seems to be. A memorable, intelligent and quirky read for ages 11 up.’

Sunday Tasmanian

Rebecca Stead


Rebecca Stead is the author of the children’s novels  First Light and the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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  • Pub date: 01/02/2010
  • ISBN: 9781921776267
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