I've just read a review of When You Reach Me from our EVPL Newsletters. The reviewer fully expects this book to win the next Newbery Award and/or be high on all the best children's books of the year lists. (Click here to read that review.) Rebecca Stead has written a book that begins with 12-year-old Miranda in the 1979-1980 school year.
It seems to be in the realistic fiction category, albeit with some wacky people, perhaps the wackiest being the homeless man who sleeps on the sidewalk with his head under the mailbox. And Miranda does receive some notes that are scary and unnerving because 1) they are unsigned and 2) they make predictions that all come true. But by the time I finished reading this book, I decided that it belongs in a different category.
I'd love to read other people's opinions. What do you think? Do you think, in the reviewer's words, "it's that good"?