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23rd Jan '18 7:57:42 AM costanton11
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''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Creator/RebeccaStead with allusions to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. Despite its time traveling elements and mystery, the book is at heart a ComingOfAge novel that subtly deals with social issues, racism, and the quiet dangers of late seventies New York. It won numerous awards, including the NewberyMedal.

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''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Creator/RebeccaStead with allusions to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. Despite its time traveling elements and mystery, the book is at heart a ComingOfAge novel that subtly deals with social issues, racism, and the quiet dangers of late seventies New York. It won numerous awards, including the NewberyMedal.
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16th Dec '17 2:54:01 PM Eievie
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''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Rebecca Stead with allusions to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. Despite its time traveling elements and mystery, the book is at heart a ComingOfAge novel that subtly deals with social issues, racism, and the quiet dangers of late seventies New York. It won numerous awards, including the NewberyMedal.

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''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Rebecca Stead Creator/RebeccaStead with allusions to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. Despite its time traveling elements and mystery, the book is at heart a ComingOfAge novel that subtly deals with social issues, racism, and the quiet dangers of late seventies New York. It won numerous awards, including the NewberyMedal.



5th Dec '17 3:57:34 PM nonn99
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* {{Jerkass}}: Jimmy, who makes fun of Chinese people and kicks Julia out of his store because he believes she will steal (based on the fact that she's black) despite the fact she's rich.


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* MistakenForRacist: Miranda calls Julia "Swiss Miss", in reference to her Swiss watch, but it's mistaken by Jimmy (who approves) and later Annemarie (who does not) as a reference to her skin color (Swiss Miss is an American hot chocolate brand.)


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* PuppyLove: Miranda and Colin are in the sixth grade, and they like each other.
10th Apr '17 8:00:55 PM somebob
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Miranda only knows the school secretary as Wheelie, a nickname many of her classmates give the secretary.
2nd Nov '16 7:46:22 PM somebob
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* NoAntagonist: The book really was about the usual goings-on of a sixth grader and her friendships combined with the mystery of who was writing her the notes.


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* WouldntHurtAChild: The teenaged boys who hung outside the garage would taunt and torment younger kids, sometimes pushing them a little, but they would never hit them. That was beneath who they were.
16th Sep '16 2:58:55 PM somebob
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* GameShowAppearance: Much of the plot deals with Miranda helping get her mother ready for her appearance on ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $20,000 Pyramid]]''. The taping of the show is written about as well.



* HowWeGotHere: The story starts in the present (and told in the present tense). The story is Miranda narrating the story that she would tell from Sal getting punched to the fateful chase and death as that was the story she was tasked to write down.

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* HowWeGotHere: The story starts in the present present, at least April 1979, (and told in the present tense). The story is Miranda narrating the story that she would tell from Sal getting punched to the fateful chase and death as that was the story she was tasked to write down.
4th Sep '16 7:45:50 PM somebob
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* NakedOnArrival: As described in CantTakeAnythingWithYou above. At one point during the climax, Miranda even sees a naked man appear and then disappear. This was due to [[spoiler: the laughing Man]] appearing from the future. In fact, it is likely all of the times they were locked in school due to a naked man seen nearby were all the same thing.
22nd Jun '16 8:14:22 AM themisterfree
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It's 1979 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.

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It's 1979 and twelve year old Miranda, while helping her mother prepare for a stint on ''The ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $20,000 Pyramid'', 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.
27th Oct '15 8:02:04 PM somebob
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Julia could be a jerk at times, even to Annemarie and especially to Miranda, but she truly cared for Annemarie. Miranda even found out that part of how Julia treated her was how she had treated Julia in the past and, after making the first move, Miranda did find Julie to be nice.
17th Oct '15 1:36:03 AM monkeypizzasonic
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Marcus chases after Sal to try to apologize. Future!Marcus sacrifices himself to push Sal out of the way of a moving vehicle, saving his life.]]
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