Why I liked it: The simplicity of the characters in When You Reach Me was refreshing. Miranda and her friends are in sixth grade, still young and fairly innocent. The author doesn't push them into the maturity and drama of many other characters/novels targeting this age group. I also liked the relationship between Miranda and her mother, who trusts her daughter, but not too much. Miranda's mother isn't a "helicopter" parent, nor does she try to be Miranda's friend. She is a good mix of laying down the law and spontaneous fun.
Classroom application: This would be a good addition to an upper elementary/ middle school classroom library and a perfect recommendation for students like Miranda who love A Wrinkle in Time. The novel could also be used as a fiction pairing with a unit or set of readings about he possibility of time travel. Interested students would also enjoy Ray Bradbury's short story, "A Sound of Thunder."
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