When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
* Newbery Medal Winner 2010 *
Miranda lives in New York City in the 1970's. This twelve-year-old gets mysterious notes. They are really hard to figure out. She finally discerns that the notes have something to do with time travel. She is instructed not to tell anyone about the notes. She is not even suppose to tell her mom. Her mom is quite busy with work and is practicing to be a game show contestant. Miranda tries to make sense of everything while maintaining a normal friendship with Colin and Annemarie.
One day, Sal, her life-long friend, gets punched by Marcus. The punch was so forceful, unexpected, and unexplainable. Also, she is part of a group that is accused of stealing special two-dollar bills. These are just a few things that she has to solve.
The story starts out slowly, but purposely. It is amazing how the details intertwine by the end of Rebecca Stead's great book. Do not consider reading the book all at one time. There are too many details to digest and savor. It's all here: science fiction, time and space, school, friendship ...