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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Seen below in OOCIsSeriousBusiness , Wheelie can play this when she wants to.


* BittersweetEnding: Even Miranda understands the terrible burden [[spoiler: Marcus]] will feel when he reads her letter and learns that [[spoiler: he watched his own death]] making a tragedy even worse for him.
* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: One of the later notes hints at this, saying "A man can only hold so much paper in his mouth."

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* BittersweetEnding: Even [[spoiler:Sal's life is saved]], but even Miranda understands the terrible burden [[spoiler: Marcus]] will feel when he reads her letter and learns that [[spoiler: he watched his own death]] making a tragedy even worse for him.
* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: One of the later notes hints at this, saying "A man can only hold so much paper in his mouth." This seems to extend to clothes as well.



* DomedHometown: Discussed by the Laughing Man when he talks about the "burn scale", possibly a reference to what is known as the U.V. Index. He laments that they haven't put the dome up yet.

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* DomedHometown: Discussed by the Laughing Man when he talks about the "burn scale", possibly a reference to what is known as the U.V. Index. He laments that they haven't put the dome up yet. [[spoiler:The fact that he's a time traveller and probably referring to future events paints the future rather bleakly.]]



* FirstKiss: Knock, knock. Oh, it's you. Kiss.

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* FirstKiss: Knock, knock. Oh, it's you. Kiss. [[spoiler: Between Colin and Miranda.]]



* InformedRealLifeFame: In an in-universe example, Miranda experiences this at work while watching a taping of ''The $20,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}''. ("The celebrities take the stage. I've never heard of either one of them.")

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* InformedRealLifeFame: In an in-universe InUniverse example, Miranda experiences this at work while watching a taping of ''The $20,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}''. ("The celebrities take the stage. I've never heard of either one of them.")



* IHatePastMe



* 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.
* LookBothWays: At the climax, Sal is running away from Marcus, who he believes is out to get him, and runs out in the middle of the street where a truck is bearing down on his position with a possibly inattentive driver.

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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 Julia to be nice.
* LookBothWays: At the climax, Sal [[spoiler:Sal]] is running away from Marcus, [[spoiler:Marcus]], who he believes is out to get him, and runs out in the middle of the street where a truck is bearing down on his position with a possibly inattentive driver.



* OnlyFriend: Sal and Miranda were this to each other, until Sal [[DeconstructedTrope realized how unhealthy and frankly lonely it is to be able to rely on just one person]] and started to make other friends. At the end of the book, both of them have made plenty of friends, while still being close to each other.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Wheelie, the school secretary, knows all of the students, what class they are in, and even who is absent. But when the police come looking for Marcus, Miranda realizes just how bad the situation is when Wheelie asks them to repeat his name and ask what grade he is in.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Wheelie, the school secretary, knows all of the students, what class they are in, and even who is absent. But when [[spoiler:when the police come looking for Marcus, Marcus]], Miranda realizes just how bad the situation is when Wheelie asks them to repeat his name and ask what grade he is in.

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* DomedHometown: Discussed by the Laughing Man when he talks about the "burn scale", possibly a reference to what is known as the U.V. Index. He laments that they haven't put the dome up yet.

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* LookBothWays: At the climax, Sal is running away from Marcus, who he believes is out to get him, and runs out in the middle of the street where a truck is bearing down on his position with a possibly inattentive driver.


''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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''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.




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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.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Miranda only knows the school secretary as Wheelie, a nickname many of her classmates give the secretary.

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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.


* 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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.]]


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.

''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Rebecca Stead with allusions to ''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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It's 1979 and twelve year old Miranda, while helping her mother prepare for a stint on The ''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.

''When You Reach Me'' is a 2009 novel by Rebecca Stead with allusions to ''AWrinkleInTime''.''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.



* ChildProdigy: Marcus. He reads Einstein's General relativity for fun at age 11. He also debated temporal paradoxes from the book ''Literature/{{A Wrinkle in Time}}'' with his second grade teacher.

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* ChildProdigy: Marcus. He reads Einstein's General relativity for fun at age 11. He also debated temporal paradoxes from the book ''Literature/{{A Wrinkle in Time}}'' ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' with his second grade teacher.



* CrazyHomelessPeople: The Laughing Man, though how much is an act and how much is real is in question. This makes a nice ShoutOut to ''AWrinkleInTime,'' where Mrs. Whatsit is described as looking, in day-to-day life, like a homeless tramp.

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* CrazyHomelessPeople: The Laughing Man, though how much is an act and how much is real is in question. This makes a nice ShoutOut to ''AWrinkleInTime,'' ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', where Mrs. Whatsit is described as looking, in day-to-day life, like a homeless tramp.



* DisappearedDad: Neither Miranda nor Sal has a father. Miranda even comments that because she never have a father, she doesn't feel the need for one.

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* DisappearedDad: Neither Miranda nor Sal has a father. Miranda even comments that because she never have had a father, she doesn't feel the need for one.



* FridgeLogic: an InUniverse example, discussed in regards to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime.'' The three Mrs. W's promise Meg and the boys that they should be back "five minutes before you left." But as Marcus points out, if this is true then Meg should have seen herself returning, because Meg&co. landed in the garden, which in plain sight from wall, where they left. Marcus is arguing a StableTimeLoop is in effect, while Miranda (very defensive of her favorite author) maintains that the future hadn't happened yet, so of course they wouldn't be seen.
** There is a simpler explanation, which no one InUniverse notices: Mrs. Whatsit says they'll be back five minutes before they left, ''unless'' "something goes terribly wrong." And something does indeed go terribly wrong.

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* FridgeLogic: an An InUniverse example, discussed in regards to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime.'' ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. The three Mrs. W's Ws promise Meg and the boys that they should be back "five minutes before you left." But as Marcus points out, if this is true then Meg should have seen herself returning, because Meg&co. Meg and co. landed in the garden, which in plain sight from the wall, where they left. Marcus is arguing a StableTimeLoop is in effect, while Miranda (very defensive of her favorite author) maintains that the future hadn't happened yet, so of course they wouldn't be seen. \n** There is a simpler explanation, which no one InUniverse notices: Mrs. Whatsit says they'll be back five minutes before they left, ''unless'' "something goes terribly wrong." And something does indeed go terribly wrong.



* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Most chapters are references to the $20,000 Pyramid with "Things that.." or "...Things". The few chapters that aren't references deal with the notes.
* InformedRealLifeFame: In an in-universe example, Miranda experiences this at work while watching a taping of the $20,000 ''{{Pyramid}}''. ("The celebrities take the stage. I've never heard of either one of them.")

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* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most chapters are references to the ''The $20,000 Pyramid Pyramid'' subjects, with titles in the form "Things that..that..." or "...Things". The few chapters that aren't references deal with the notes.
* InformedRealLifeFame: In an in-universe example, Miranda experiences this at work while watching a taping of the ''The $20,000 ''{{Pyramid}}''.Series/{{Pyramid}}''. ("The celebrities take the stage. I've never heard of either one of them.")



* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Sal was a Tybe B. Ironically, he gave up his one friendship in order to get more friends.

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* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Sal was a Tybe Type B. Ironically, he gave up his one friendship in order to get more friends.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Wheelie, the school secretary knows all of the students, what class they are in, and even who is absent. But when the police come looking for Marcus, Miranda realizes just how bad the situation is when Wheelie asks them to repeat his name and ask what grade he is in.
* PottyEmergency: Alice Evans. She waits too long to ask to go to the point she does the {{Potty Dance}}. Implied that she has encountered {{Potty Failure}} as she is the only sixth grader with a change of clothes at school. Classmates love to keep her talking with them when she has to go just to watch her suffer.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong or StableTimeLoop: It all depends on how you believe the "Save your friend's life and my own" statement was fulfilled.
* TitleDrop: The fist note has the phrase "I will not be myself when I reach you".
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Miranda, Annemarie, Colin. Is there a {{Love Triangle}}? In Miranda's mind, yes. In reality, who knows?

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Wheelie, the school secretary secretary, knows all of the students, what class they are in, and even who is absent. But when the police come looking for Marcus, Miranda realizes just how bad the situation is when Wheelie asks them to repeat his name and ask what grade he is in.
* PottyEmergency: Alice Evans. She waits too long to ask to go to the point she does the {{Potty Dance}}. Implied PottyDance. It is implied that she has encountered {{Potty Failure}} PottyFailure as she is the only sixth grader with a change of clothes at school. Classmates love to keep her talking with them when she has to go just to watch her suffer.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Whether this trope or StableTimeLoop: It StableTimeLoop is in effect all depends on how you believe the "Save your friend's life and my own" statement was fulfilled.
* TitleDrop: The fist first note has the phrase "I will not be myself when I reach you".
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Miranda, Annemarie, Colin. Is there a {{Love Triangle}}? LoveTriangle? In Miranda's mind, yes. In reality, who knows?



* UnnamedParent: Miranda's mother. Surprising as two close friends of the mother are also frequent characters.

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Miranda's mother. Surprising as two close friends of the mother are also frequent characters.



* WritersCannotDoMath: The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is referred to as the first cold day in December. This takes place in 1978 and Thanksgiving was oN November 23, meaning that Tuesday would be on Nov. 28. Marcus exacerbates this by telling Miranda to imagine she went to the movies the previous week, "December whatever". While he is a Cloudcuckoolander, Miranda does not correct him, which she is known to do.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is referred to as the first cold day in December. This takes place in 1978 and Thanksgiving was oN on November 23, meaning that Tuesday would be on Nov. 28. Marcus exacerbates this by telling Miranda to imagine she went to the movies the previous week, "December whatever". While he is a Cloudcuckoolander, Miranda does not correct him, which she is known to do.

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