Author: Rebecca Stead
Title: When you reach me
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Publication Info: [New York] : Listening Library, 2009.
This young adult novel is grounded in a realistic setting of New York’s Upper West Side in the 1970s with the protagonist Miranda dealing with going to school, a falling-out with a friend, and her mother appearing on a tv game show. Added to this are mystery and science fiction elements such as Miranda receiving unexplained notes that predict the future and a seemingly homeless “laughing man” having a constant presence on the street near her school. It’s a good blend of storytelling techniques that deals with children gaining independence, friendship, and second chances.
Recommended books: The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, Tunneling by Beth Bosworth, The Time It Takes to Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle