NYCSLA Book Club: November Selection

My, how this fall has slipped away! Apologies for the slightly belated reminder about the November book club selection… seems like just a few days ago we were opening up our libraries and greeting new students and now it’s time for conference and nearly Thanksgiving! Anyhoo, our November pick is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, another new book that’s making the rounds of mock Newbery awards. Here’s the beginning of the review from School Library Journal:

Sixth-grader Miranda lives in 1978 New York City with her mother, and her life compass is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. When she receives a series of enigmatic notes that claim to want to save her life, she comes to believe that they are from someone who knows the future. Miranda spends considerable time observing a raving vagrant who her mother calls the laughing man and trying to find the connection between the notes and her everyday life.

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2 Responses to NYCSLA Book Club: November Selection

  1. Cheryl says:

    There’s been so much buzz about this book, I finally pulled it up to the top from its lower position in my bedside reading pile. A product of the 70s myself, I’m drawn to anything set during that time. I must confess, however, I was a bit reluctant, having never read A Wrinkle in Time. Well, this book holds up splendidly on its own, mixing time travel, mystery, and the emotional realism of love and friendship. I was propelled through this it in practically one sitting. To add to my to-read list: A Wrinkle in Time.

  2. Sara Paulson says:

    I loved this book. It was such an extraordinary blend of realistic fiction and science fiction. This is a book that melted as you read it and became part of you. Sentences like, ” A whole angry conversation passed over her face” bound through the book. Fabulous writing.

    It was mysterious enough to leave you with glimpses instead of complete scenes and deserves a second read. It went by too quickly! Time flies (and collides)….

    Can we read Marcelo next? I just (tried) to download it on my iPhone, and will try again until I get it from eNYPL.

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