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October 19, 2010

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Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

This is one of my favorites from the current MSBA Reading List! I enjoyed the puzzle and watching the story unfold. I couldn’t put it down!
~Deanna

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3 Responses to “”

  1. Grover Says:

    This book is ah-maze-ing!!!!! I love how the story is just: “I can’t put it down now!!” I lts also cool how the author uses things you never suspected that she would use. I’d recommend this book to anyone. It’s just like realistic fiction, but with a big twist. You should read it. I couldn’t put it down!!!
    ~Grover

  2. watermelon Says:

    I’m reading this book now and it is really confusing. All of my friends recomended the book to me so I am reading it.

    • msbabookbuzz Says:

      Watermelon,
      I felt the same way when I first started reading this book. I had to really slow down my reading. When I got to the end, I actually went back and re-read it again! I missed a lot of clues the first time through. Keep going…I think you will find it’s worth it in the end! 🙂


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