BC: By: Julia Smith
FC: When You Reach Me A Book Report By: Julia Smith
1: Miranda is the main character in the book When You Reach Me. She's very nice but only has one best friend, his name is Sal. Sal and Miranda had been best friends since they were toddlers and both had never known a different friendship.They were very close, living in a normal day New York City neighborhood. Until one day it seems to Miranda that Sal decided to shut her out of his life. He never let her in his house, stopped doing stuff with her, and refused to look her in the eyes. That was the day Miranda had found the first mysterious note and the day her life was starting to change.
2: Now that Miranda had no friends, she was forced to make new friends, and until she did she had to walk alone past the crazy guy on her corner. Miranda seemed to have no trouble becoming friends with a girl from her school named Annemarie. So, now that Miranda had a new best friend and her mom was excepted on the $20,000 Pyramid (a TV show) she had a lot on her mind. | But her mom being on a TV show wasn't the only thing on Miranda's mind. In fact, after finding the mysterious notes, she had only been thinking about who was leaving them for her, because they seemed to know the future. In Miranda's mind she thought time travel was very possible and as it turns out so did the kid who had punched Sal the day before Sal had shut her out of his life.
3: It seemed to Miranda that whenever she walked past the crazy guy on her corner he would yell at her:he would say,"Book, bag, pocket, shoe!"She didn't know what it meant, but other than yell at her he would kick his leg into the street. | Now, usually when Miranda had returned home she would look back at the notes. All of the notes said her name on them so she knew that they were written for her. One of them told her not to share any of the notes with anyone else. Others had said that someone was coming to save her friends life and they were also proving to Miranda that this someone knew what events were going to happen before they had occurred.
4: Marcus was the kid who had punched Sal for no reason, but Miranda had still known that he was a good kid who'd loved science. Today, as usual, Sal was walking home a block ahead of Miranda, when all of the sudden Marcus had started running after him, knowing that Marcus was nice, Miranda new that he was probably going to apologize to him, but Sal didn't know that. In fact Sal had started to sprint only looking over his shoulder to see Marcus, and right when he was crossing the street a semi truck had come roaring down the road, heading straight for him. Not having time to get out of the way was a problem for him but Miranda had noticed the crazy guy run over and kicked Sal out of the way leaving himself to get hit by the truck. There must have been a glare in the truck drivers wind shield on this sunny winter day, because the truck driver was very remorse and had said that he hadn't seen Sal. At that moment it was obvious to Miranda that the crazy guy had been writing her the notes, and even though he died he had still saved her friend's life just like he had said he would in one of the notes.
5: By the time that the ambulance had come Miranda was shooed away from where Sal had been lying. So she walked across the the street to where the crazy guy had once stood. Once there, she saw a shoe, and all of the sudden it all clicked in her head. She had started to remember all of the places where she had found the notes. One was in a book, another was in a bag of bread, and the last one that she'd found was in her coat pocket. All of the sudden, she remembered, "book, bag, pocket, shoe!" So she looked in the shoe, and sure enough a note was in it telling her to write a story of what had happened to her and give it to someone. She had a feeling that she had to give it to Marcus because he had talked about time travel. Miranda still had to go check on Sal. Sal lives in the apartment below Miranda's, and after waking up from being unconscious, all he suffered now was a broken arm. Miranda and Sal had a talk and became best friends again. As it turns out, Sal just wanted to make some guy friends and have more than one friend. The ending of this book was spectacular. Miranda's mom won $12,100 on the $20,000 pyramid show and she found out that her mom and boyfriend could be getting married soon.
6: My Favorite Scene My favorite scene in the book When You Reach Me was when Sal and Miranda had become friends again. It was probably the happiest moment in the story because they had had such a great friendship when they were young. Towards the end, I felt happy for Miranda while she was talking with Sal in his bedroom. Miranda had missed her friendship with Sal and was glad they were reunited. This is the scene that made the story very enjoyable.
7: A New Character If i was a new character in the book, I would be friends with Annemarie and her friend, Julia. Miranda and Julia didn't really like each other, but if I came into the picture Annemarie and I could get Miranda and Julia to hang out with us after school. You see, I would be that friend who was always upbeat and positive. This attitude would then change the friendship between Miranda and Julia. Miranda would then see the nice side of Julia. This would bring more "girl" friends to Miranda's life as well as preserving the strong friendship she enjoyed with Sal.