When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a phenomenal book! It is about a girl that gets strange letters and she is determined to find out who they are coming from. The letters that she gets say really strange things, for example one said, "A Black Boot under a mailbox." This story takes place in a cold winter in New York City. Some important characters are "The Crazy Guy by the corner,"Miranda, and her best friend Sal who is a boy. They both are in sixth grade. Rebecca Stead did a wonderful job at adding loads of suspense. Rebecca Stead did not do a outstanding job of description. She should have described the characters and the setting better so that we could have pictured them and it in our minds. The moral of this book is problem solving which is a good lesson to learn. This book is for children eight years and up. I give the book five stars!