When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
When You Reach Me Chapter 9 Summary
Things You Wish For
- Mom calls in Miranda to keep time while she practices the flashcards with Richard. After a while, Miranda and Richard switch places.
- Miranda's mom takes off her purple sweatshirt, and her hair bounces around her shoulders. This leads Miranda to think about her own hair – straight and brown, which she got from her "nonexistent" dad (9.4).
- Miranda blames her dad for her hair, but doesn't hold any other hold grudges against him.
- Meg, the heroine in the book Miranda is reading, is looking for her dad too. She travels to the planet Camazotz to save him.
- Miranda guesses she doesn't want a dad because she has never had one before, and "A person can't miss something she never had" (9.6).
- The three continue their practice. Miranda tells her mom she thinks she'll win. Mom warns her not to get her hopes up.
- Hopes are up already. They've put a wish list on the fridge with things to buy on it, like a "trip to China" (9.20).
- Richard and Miranda, though, have a secret plan for the money.
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