When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 208 pages When You Reach Me is a fantasy that doesn't know it's a fantasy, a typical coming-of-age novel made atypical--even brilliant--by its sci-fi undercurrent and ever-shifting web of connections and revelations. Set in the late 1970s, the novel centers on Miranda, a sixth-grader … Continue reading When You Reach Me

Poetry in Motion

My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond; ill. by Polly Dunbar Candlewick Press, 2008 128 pages David Almond is something of a Renaissance author.  He does it all: plays, novels for adults, novels for teens, short stories. Across these genres and age groups, he's known for an eerie brand of supernatural realism that seamlessly blends … Continue reading Poetry in Motion