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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I have been trying to post a blog about this book since I read it last week but I am up to my eyeballs in preparations for this time of the year. So, the blogs have suffered the most from my neglect. But the store looks good and the shelves are full.

Back to this wonderful book. There are times when I have been accused of having an overly active imagination. It’s true. I have a vibrant inner life that lends itself to mystery and fantasy and just plain fun. I’m never going to apologize for that. As a result I’m never bored. I have a suspicion that Rebecca Stead has similar inclinations.

This book starts out simply enough. A sixth grader who has a best friend, but circumstances begin to change around her. (Remember how life was always shifting when we were twelve?) Her social setting is in flux, new people show up in her life. Her mother is practicing for a chance to “win big money” on a TV game show. But all that is familiar will soon be seen in a new light.

This book unfolds in such a lovely way. I hate to say too much without revealing the subtle plot points. I chose NOT to look up the book before reading it and I’m so glad I didn’t have any expectations. There’s a mystery here that begs to be solved. And I tried three times to guess what was going on, but I just couldn’t quite get it. But when I finished and reviewed the book I realized it was right there. And I smiled. Yes, another book that I loved!

This has been a good year for reading good books and THIS one will be among those. Possibly my “top ten” but please don’t make me make a list! It’s just not fair.

Don’t stop reading,

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