Reviewed for Middle School, 2009

When You Reach Me

Miranda is on the outs with her best friend Sal, her single mother is about to appear on a seriously popular game show, and she's just gotten an unsigned note that appears to be from a time traveler. This gem of a novel pulses with edge-of-the-seat intrigue, complex characters, and the intricacies of middle school friendship. Funny, exceptionally short one of the best books for young readers we've seen all year. (Wendy Lamb Books, $10.87)