What to say about a book that a reader should know nothing about before opening
the cover? One’s tongue must tread very carefully, while exuberantly bandying about ones utter enchantment with the work, least it slip and let out one of the book’s many, many delightful secrets. With a great deal of care and some trepidation, here are a few things that I would like to say:
Now comes the moment when I introduce a little device I am going to call the Kid Lit Social Club (KLSC). This is where I get to break down the barriers of time, location, publishers, genre, and book binding to throw characters from the currently discussed book into the path of other characters from children's literature.
The Gang from When You Reach Me at the KLSC
Miranda will naturally be BFFs with Meg Murry, after all they will always be the same age.
Miranda can also form a support group with Lynne Rae Perkins' Debbie for the recovery of those who have been dumped by long-time best friends.
Miranda and Richard can both join Lucky's friend Lincoln, as members of The International Guild of Knot Tyers.
Marcus should enroll in a social skill awareness class with Emma Jean Lazarus.
Marcus and Julia will most likely get a scholarship to attend Connie Willis' Oxford.