You know a book is good when you can't put it down despite the million other things you should be doing. Rebecca Stead's WHEN YOU REACH ME is un-put-down-able. I tend to focus a great deal on YA these days but I loved 12-year-old Miranda's voice--so clear, so perfectly pre-teen. Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery winning A WRINKLE IN TIME is woven artfully through Stead's (also Newbery winning) story that is at once a mystery, a musing on time travel, an impeccable rendering of late1970s New York, and a reflection on the meaning of friendship. Okay, I'll stop gushing. Perhaps one of the reasons I was so impressed with this book is that Stead has crafted her second novel with such a steady (no pun intended) hand. As we know, I'm having a bit of stress with the whole next-book thing here so this, to me, is an epic accomplishment. But, seriously, if you haven't yet, pick this one up.