When You Reach Me
BY REBECCA STEAD
Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever. By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. Then mysterious notes start arriving. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
Yearling Newberry 2009 199 PP. Paper