“I was named after a criminal. Mom says that’s a dramatic way of looking at things, but sometimes the truth is dramatic.
“‘The name Miranda stands for people’s rights,’ she said last fall, when I was upset because Robbie B. had told me during gym that I was named after a kidnapper.”
-from When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When I saw that today was going to be the 50th anniversary of the Miranda Decision, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight this excellent and unusual book.
It’s a hard title to describe, especially without giving away too much. It’s narrated by a girl who loves A Wrinkle in Time. It’s a story about middle school and friendship and New York City (I was surprised to see it recommended for fans of Wonder, but when you think of if that way it makes sense). There are some very strange things happening– not just Miranda’s mom getting ready to be on a game show, or a boy punching her best friend for no reason– but mysterious and anonymous notes in strange places.
This title is available as an audiobook (Playaway, CD, and download) as well as a regular print book, large print book, and downloadable ebook.