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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me Chapter 8 Summary

Mom's Rules for Life in New York City

  • Miranda lists Mom's rules for living in New York City: have your keys out, avoid strangers, and never show your money.
  • Miranda has her own trick: ask the stranger ("usually a boy") what time it is. Doing so says to the stranger, "I see you as a friend, and I don't have a watch. Therefore, I'm probably not worth mugging."
  • So far, according to Miranda, it's worked "like gangbusters" (8.3).

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