Wednesday, July 14, 2010

When You Reach Me: one year later

365 days ago Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me hit the shelves at bookstores across the country. Since then it has gone on to achieve universal acclaim as well as earn both the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. When You Reach Me also immediately earned a spot in my list of personal favorite books of all time.

I have read WYRM 7 or 8 times in the last year and each reading brings more and more enjoyment. Over the last year I have recommended WYRM to my fellow teachers, students, random kids and all my relatives.

To mark When You Reach Me's 1st birthday I am going to once again do a single sitting read through of the book. (My first reading was actually on the floor at the bookstore on July 13, for some reason they had it on the shelf a day early)

If you haven't read it in a while (I am assuming by now anyone reading this blog has read it at least once) I encourage you to take it off your shelf and give it another read.


Eric Carpenter said...

That was so fun. Think this is going to have to become an annual tradition. I hear the French have made it a national holiday.

Louise said...

Hi Eric, I just read this book (for the first time!) a few weeks ago. I had heard about it months ago, and bought it several months ago, but hadn't got around to reading it. I'm so glad I found the time- I read most of it when I lay awake on a night when I was jet lagged. Even so, it made a big impression on me. I'm looking forward to reading it again. And I've been recommending it to friends. I don't think it's made quite such a splash in Australia as it did in America.