When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me Genre
Mystery, Science Fiction, Children's Literature, Historical Fiction
As reviewer Monica Edinger writes in the New York Times, When You Reach Me is a "hybrid of genres, it is a complex mystery, a work of historical fiction, a school story and one of friendship, with a leitmotif of time travel running through it" (source).
Edinger is, we think, right on the money. The story would definitely qualify as a mystery novel (who is sending those eerie letters?), a work of science fiction (is time travel possible?), and a children's novel (a work geared to younger readers that explores coming-of-age themes). The historically specific setting (New York City in the 1970s) means we might also call this novel historical fiction.