Reviews for When You Reach Me

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #6
Narrator Holloway does an excellent job of inhabiting main character Miranda, a Wrinkle in Time-loving New York sixth grader, as she deals with changing friendships, the challenges of her late-1970s Upper West Side neighborhood...and a succession of anonymous notes that seem to be a matter of life and death and, incredibly, time travel. The narrator's overly exaggerated voicing of Miranda's mom (who comes across so naturally in the print book) is jarring. Otherwise, however, Holloway's intimate tone emphasizes the novel's interpersonal aspects, helping to ground the extraordinary plot. An additional plus of the audio version is that the clever chapter titles are given more prominence -- they're easy to skip over in print, but they're well worth noticing, adding depth and further tying together the many ingeniously interwoven elements of this memorable book. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.