Being that I am a lifelong bookworm, I get pretty excited when the Newbery awards are announced each January. This year I had read all but one of the winners before they were revealed. One of the five has already become a favorite read-aloud for my 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, so I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you today.
The Newbery Award for 2010 went to Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. This was an early favorite for a lot of readers as it is a truly unusual children’s book. This book is a mystery, though not in your typical sense, and a big part of the fun is in figuring it out.
The book begins in the late 1970s after Miranda’s best friend Sal has been punched in the stomach while walking home and now he isn’t speaking to her anymore. That’s all I’ll tell you about the book because to tell you more would spoil your fun.
However, I will share how Stead said she got the idea for this book: