When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
Wendy Lamb Books/Random House: NY, 2009.
Newbery Award for 2010

Miranda is receiving anonymous notes about things that only someone close to her should know, and also things that haven't happened yet. Her best friend withdraws after being punched by an older boy. An extra apartment key is stolen. An old homeless guy hangs out on her street.

Her favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time is some comfort to her in her distress. She knows passages by heart but still carries the book everywhere. It's a key to new friendships, opens up real possibilities.

There's a puzzle to be solved, one Miranda keeps to herself, while she goes about her daily life. A life filled, by the way, with some wonderful moments.

Miranda's mother is preparing to be on a TV game show. To answer questions she says she lifts a veil to see connections more clearly. Miranda speculates about this veil. With the introduction of this idea, I became distracted by similar ideas. I have thought for a while that people have shields they use to keep LIFE at a distance. To most people it is an unconscious thing; mine was erected consciously, because I believe I might have been born without one. Oddly, later on the page Miranda discusses this same idea. Lifting her veil, helps Miranda to solve the puzzle and do what she needs to do for everything to work out.

I like the story's link to time travel. It is a subject that fascinates me. Many stories are too obvious in their use of time travel. I knew there must be one, but the story pulls away from the idea throughout the book. It isn't until the end that the connection is revealed. A seemingly small part that means everything. The revelation lifts the veil for the reader, and a new level of story is revealed.

related-space and time, New York, single parent family, family life, mother and daughter, friendship, step relations, mystery, sci fi
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