November Dive | When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead + January Preview

We usually choose underwater or ocean-related photos with our regular DBR updates, but this night sky seemed more suited to the November dive selection. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009) is a Newbery and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning title that pays homage to the Madeleine L’Engle sci-fi classic, A Wrinkle in Time.

When You Reach Me shares Wrinkle‘s science fiction ties, but incorporates hallmarks of several other genres that should draw readers who typically gravitate toward different styles.  Check out these comments from The New York Times book review:

In this taut novel, every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance. A hybrid of genres, it is a complex mystery, a work of historical fiction, a school story and one of friendship, with a leitmotif of time travel running through it. Most of all the novel is a thrilling puzzle. Stead piles up clues on the way to a moment of intense drama, after which it is pretty much impossible to stop reading until the last page.

book-whenyoureachmeWhen You Reach Me earned a Kirkus Starred Review and was an ALA Notable Children’s Book, in addition to receiving recognition from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist.

Divers looking for a challenge read to accompany this month’s choice should turn to A Wrinkle in Time, especially if you never have read it before. Introduce yourself to the members of the Murray family: Meg, Sandy, Dennys, and Charles Wallace, along with their friend, Calvin.

Once you’re familiar with their first adventure, you’ll be ready for what awaits you on our January Dive! As you know, we do not meet over the December holiday break. That extended hiatus gives divers a chance to explore more complex work or several titles before January. Hopefully by now you’ve guessed that we’ll be spending more time with the Murrays. Divers get to choose from L’Engle’s four other Time Quintet titles:

  • A Wind in the Door
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  • Many Waters
  • An Acceptable Time