Saturday, June 11, 2011

A good read in two sittings or less

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An engagingly plotted book, a mystery of sorts which I don't see a lot on children's lit for younger readers, at least not done well. After the first few chapters I raced to the end, finishing it in basically two sittings. While Rebecca Stead does rely on tried and true plot devices used in adult fiction (ones I won't give away here), she gives them a fresh twist. And Stead's book keeps giving as half way through you realize it is, in part, an homage to A wrinkle in time; also, the understated issues of race and difference are expertly handled. A great read--the Newberry committee, if they are listening :), did a fine job picking this one.

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