Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Mystery

Personal Evaluation: I was a big fan of A Wrinkle in Time as a kid (and basically everything else Madeleine L’Engle ever wrote) so I love that it was the basis of this book. As I said in my review of Frozen in Time, I also loved time travel growing up. This was the most wonderful combination of time travel and puzzle. I did not figure this one out before the main characters, but when they did I was right with them. That is a hard balance to strike – how to reveal the clues so that it’s not too early and not too late. I read enough mystery books where the ending made no sense or the solution depended on some information that was never given, so the reader was never really given a chance to solve it on their own, so for a long time I hated traditional “mystery” books. I can’t honestly say I would have totally understood this book as a kid, though. I’d have to talk to some kids who read it and see what they thought.

What might interest children: Time travel, puzzle, A Wrinkle in Time – really, what’s not to love? Some kids would also enjoy the relationship dynamics that play out between Miranda and Sal. It’s also a glimpse into an urban world, for kids who do not have that experience.