November (almost) Book Club: When You Reach Me

Show of hands: how many people were driven to read/re-read A Wrinkle in Time in preparation for When You Reach Me? How about after you finished it? Do you think the Newbery buzz around this book is well-deserved? This seems like a great book to discuss here and with students, since it’s built like a little puzzle box. (It also seems like a difficult book to discuss without spoiling the end, so let’s see how we do here!) Do you think that the setting was true to New York City in the late 70s? How about the portrayal of a NYC public school? Any $20,000 Pyramid fans in the house? There’s a ton to talk about in this little gem of a book, so let the discussion of When You Reach Me begin!

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3 Responses to November (almost) Book Club: When You Reach Me

  1. chris gibson says:

    Oh hello.
    Didn’t know about this bookclub thing.
    When will the next title be announced?

  2. nycsla says:

    Hey Chris! The book club discussion threads are always open, so if you eventually read the book (or if you’ve read Graceling or The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate), you should always feel free to comment. We’ll be announcing our December book club pick this week… we’re a bit behind 🙂

  3. Melissa A. says:

    There were so many things I loved about this book: the clever chapter titles, the narrator’s voice, her AWESOME mom, the unfolding (and refolding) storyline… all in all, I think a great Newbery pick. And I was very glad to have been sent back to A Wrinkle in Time through this book. I re-read AWiT right before I started When You Reach Me, so I’d be interested to hear from people who haven’t read Wrinkle or don’t remember it so well. (I don’t think it’s essential to enjoy When You Reach Me, but I liked seeing echoes throughout and feeling strong empathy with Miranda’s devotion to the book.

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