When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
published by Random House

I heard about this book and heard about this book!  And all the buzz was good buzz...really good buzz.  So I read it.

The buzz is right, people!  It is really good!

It is so interesting.  And I LOVE all the references to A Wrinkle In Time!  I wish I would have know that it was such a central part of the story.  I think I would have read it first!  It's been too long for me to remember all the details!

This is one of those fantastic middle grade novels that kids and adults will both enjoy.  Perfect for reading together with your reader.

My favorite passage from When You Reach Me:

"Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil in invisible.  We walk around happily with these invisible veils hanging down over our faces.  The world is kind of blurry, and we like it that way.  But sometimes our veils are pushed away for a few moments, like there's a wind blowing it from our faces.  And when the veil lifts, we can see the world as it really is, just for those few seconds before it settles down again.  We see all the beauty, and cruelty, and sadness, and love.  But mostly we are happy not to.  Some people learn to lift the veil themselves.  Then they don't have to depend on the wind anymore."

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