When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me ᆋ When You Reach Me hare ᘢ Book By Rebecca Stead ᨁ Things You Keep in a Box So Mom got the postcard today It says Congratulations in big curly letters, and at the very top is the address of Studio TV 15 on West 58th Street After three years of trying, she has actually made it She s going to be a contestant on The 20,000 Pyramid, which is hosted by Dick Clark On the postcard there s a list of things to bring She needs some extra clothes in case she wins and makes it to another show, where they pretend it s the next day even though they really tape five in one afternoon Barrettes are optional, but she should definitely bring some with her Unlike me, Mom has glossy red hair that bounces around and might obstruct America s view of her small freckled face And then there s the date she s supposed to show up, scrawled in blue pen on a line at the bottom of the card April 27, 1979 Just like you said I check the box under my bed, which is where I ve kept your notes these past few months There it is, in your tiny handwriting April 27th Studio TV 15, the words all jerky looking, like you wrote them on the subway Your last proof I still think about the letter you asked me to write It nags at me, even though you re gone and there s no one to give it to any Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter It s all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to Which is never Things That Go Missing Mom has swiped a big paper calendar from work and Scotch taped the month of April to the kitchen wall She used a fat green marker, also swiped from work, to draw a pyramid on April 27, with dollar signs and exclamation points all around it She went out and bought a fancy egg timer that can accurately measure a half minute They don t have fancy egg timers in the supply closet at her office April twenty seventh is also Richard s birthday Mom wonders if that s a good omen Richard is Mom s boyfriend He and I are going to help Mom practice every single night, which is why I m sitting at my desk instead of watching after school TV, which is a birthright of every latchkey child Latchkey child is a name for a kid with keys who hangs out alone after school until a grown up gets home to make dinner Mom hates that expression She says it reminds her of dungeons, and must have been invented by someone strict and awful with an unlimited child care budget Probably someone German, she says, glaring at Richard, who is German but not strict or awful It s possible In Germany, Richard says, I would be one of the Schlusselkinder, which means key children You re lucky, he tells me Keys are power Some of us have to come knocking It s true that he doesn t have a key Well, he has a key to his apartment, but not to ours Richard looks the way I picture guys on sailboats tall, blond, and very tucked in, even on weekends Or maybe I picture guys on sailboats that way because Richard loves to sail His legs are very long, and they don t really fit under our kitchen table, so he has to sit kind of sideways, with his knees pointing out toward the hall He looks especially big next to Mom, who s short and so tiny she has to buy her belts in the kids department and make an extra hole in her watchband so it won t fall off her arm Mom calls Richard Mr Perfect because of how he looks and how he knows everything And every time she calls him Mr Perfect, Richard taps his right knee He does that because his right leg is shorter than his left one All his right foot shoes have little platforms nailed to the bottom so that his legs match In bare feet, he limps a little You should be grateful for that leg, Mom tells him It s the only reason we let you come around Richard has been coming around for almost two years now We have exactly twenty one days to get Mom ready for the game show So instead of watching television, I m copying words for her practice session tonight I write each word on one of the white index cards Mom swiped from work When I have seven words, I bind the cards together with a rubber band she also swiped from work I hear Mom s key in the door and flip over my word piles so she can t peek Miranda She clomps down the hall she s on a clog kick lately and sticks her head in my room Are you starving I thought we d hold dinner for Richard I can wait The truth is I ve just eaten an entire bag of Cheez Doodles After school junk food is another fundamental right of the latchkey child I m sure this is true in Germany, too You re sure you re not hungry Want me to cut up an apple for you What s a kind of German junk food I ask her Wiener crispies She stares at me I have no idea Why do you ask No reason Do you want the apple or not No, and get out of here I m doing the words for later Great She smiles and reaches into her coat pocket Catch She lobs something toward me, and I grab what turns out to be a bundle of brand new markers in rainbow colors, held together with a fat rubber band She clomps back toward the kitchen Richard and I figured out a while ago that the stuff Mom swipes from the office supply closet, the she s hating work I look at the markers for a second and then get back to my word piles Mom has to win this money From the Hardcover edition.Winner of the Newbery Medal A Junior Library Guild Selection An ALA ALSC Notable Childrens Book An ALA YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults A best book of the year Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, Indies Choice Named to Multiple State Award ListsFive starred reviews W hen all the sidewalk characters from Miranda s Manhattan world converge amid mind blowing revelations and cunning details, teen readers will circle back to the beginning and say, Wow cool Kirkus Reviews, Starred review T he mental gymnastics required of readers are invigorating and the characters, children, and adults are honest bits of humanity no matter in what place or time their souls rest Booklist, Starred review Closing revelations are startling and satisfying but quietly made, their reverberations giving plenty of impetus for the reader to go back to the beginning and catch what was missed The Horn Book Magazine, Starred review This unusual, thought provoking mystery will appeal to several types of readers School Library Journal, Starred review It s easy to imagine readers studying Miranda s story as many times as she s read L Engle s, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises Publishers Weekly, Starred review T he believable characters and unexpected ending invite readers to ponder the extraordinary that underlies the ordinary in this fictional world and in their own The Washington Post Absorbing People Readers are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward The Wall Street JournalIncandescent The Washington Post Smart and mesmerizing The New York Times When You 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  • Format Kindle
  • 224 pages
  • 1921656069
  • Rebecca Stead
  • Anglais
  • 21 May 2017