When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead Year Published: 2009
"By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:
I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own.
I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things that no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late. This remarkable novel takes place in the real world but holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart."