2¢ Worth: When You Reach Me (by Rebecca Stead) is an engrossing Middle-Grade mystery about a twelve-year-old girl (in 1978) who begins to receive cryptic notes from the future. As the mystery subtly unravels the girl learns about friendship, kindness, and the possibility that the time travel mentioned in her favorite book may be more than just science fiction. The ending is excellent and I consider it an instant classic I would recommend to any girl. When You Reach Me is a 5-star fresh take on time travel that pays homage to a Wrinkle in Time, makes you think, and feels incredibly contemporary.
Whisper: I believe the message is in the homeless man. He holds a secret and seems to remind children to have compassion and remember ever homeless person has a past and a story.
Whippersnappers: Minor mentions to nudity and the word "hell" is used once.
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