When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Newbery Medal 2010
A strange book... I liked it, but for some reason my "will students like/get/have any idea" spidey-sense kept me from really liking it. I like time travel, but (warning: blasphemous statement ahead) I am not a fan of A Wrinkle In Time; I like game shows, but wonder why $20,000 is supposed to make anyone rich? Weird cover. Why 1979? Hmmm...
That said, I did like it. Great lead character, strong supporting cast, interesting puzzle, lots of relationship issues to discuss -- plus time travel!