It's 1978 and twelve year old Miranda, while helping her mother prepare for a stint on The $20,000 Pyramid, is thinking of all the events that happened the previous fall. If it was up to her, she'd probably not think about them. But then there are the notes asking her to do just that, to write down everything that happened last fall. Notes telling her that someone is coming to save both a friend and their own lives. Notes from a time traveler.
When You Reach Me is a 2009 novel by Rebecca Stead with allusions to A Wrinkle in Time. Despite its time traveling elements and mystery, the book is at heart a Coming of Age novel that subtly deals with social issues, racism, and the quiet dangers of late seventies New York. It won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal.
This story provides examples of:
- Can't Take Anything with You
- Chekhov's Gunman: The laughing man and his inexplicable actions suddenly make sense when you find out that he was Marcus, traveling back in time from the future in order to save Sal's life.
- Death by Newbery Medal
- Disappeared Dad
- I Hate Past Me
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Stable Time Loop