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When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2009, 208 pages
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    Dec 2010, 208 pages

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An unusual, thought-provoking mystery for ages 9+

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is an intellectual mystery of just exactly the type I adore. It’s meaty, thought-provoking, warm, and wise. I love it. And it makes sense that I would, because it stands on the shoulders of A Wrinkle in Time (1973) by Madeleine L’Engle, a book Miranda devours just as I did as a child. That book has probably inspired millions of people in the 47 years since it was first published with its blend of magical science and prosaic mystery. It inspired me. I am now both a writer of children’s fantasy and a physicist. I believe that all truly great writers carry on a dialogue with each other through their works. Though they might write in solitude, they are never without the voices of the writers who have written something that spoke to them. The conversation begun by L’Engle which Stead continues in When You Reach Me is about the nature of ...

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