Monday, October 14, 2013

14: Middle Grade Monday - When You Reach Me

From the Publisher: 
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal
Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction & Poetry
2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner

Last fall my preschooler and I were after-school bookstore junkies.  He was there for the Thomas train table.  I was there to scope out books.  One afternoon When You Reach Me caught my eye and I bought it on a whim.  It's one of my favorite judge-a-book-by-its-cover-and-title purchases.  But it's a Monday, so I'm going to keep it short and simple:

It won the Newberry for a reason.  It's a wonderful book -- one you'll want to own.  You may even become a Rebecca Stead devotee like I am.  If you really want to make things interesting, read Madeleine L'engle's A Wrinkle in Time first, then read When You Reach Me .  The two are wonderfully tied together.

I love finding books that pair together well.  Another great pairing is Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre  with Jasper Fforde's wonderfully quirky literary science fiction tale, The Eyre Affair .  (One day I'll do a little blurb about what a great book The Eyre Affair is.  Incidentally, it's the first sci-fi that I ever enjoyed...because it's so literary.  Thursday Next is a special agent assigned to guard the great literature of the day.  Under great threat: the very essence of Jane Eyre.)

Do you have any books that you love to read in tandem?


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