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When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Miranda Timeline and Summary
The postcard for $20,000 Pyramid arrives. Miranda considers writing the letter for "you." Miranda narrates the story of the events that happened last fall. She watches Sal get punched by Marcus. Miranda and Sal stop walking home from school together. Miranda makes friends with Annemarie. She brings Marcus to the dentist. She and Annemarie begin working at Jimmy's with Colin. Miranda gets the first note, then gets the second note. Miranda tells us about "lifting the veil." Jimmy kicks Julia out of the store. The Laughing Man is running around on the street in his birthday suit. Annemarie has a seizure. Miranda finds out that Annemarie has epilepsy. Annemarie tells Miranda that she got a rose on her doorstep. Miranda gets the third note. She gives the Laughing Man a sandwich. Annemarie sleeps over at Miranda's apartment. Jimmy fires Miranda, Colin, and Annemarie. Jimmy makes racist remarks about Julia. Miranda and Annemarie fight. Miranda gets a first-edition of A Wrinkle in Time for Christmas. Miranda and Annemarie reconcile. She becomes Alice Evan's bathroom partner. Miranda calls a truce with Julia. Miranda and Colin kiss. Miranda sees the Laughing Man save Sal, then figures out the Laughing Man wrote the notes. Miranda calls her mom to save Marcus from the police at school Sal tells Miranda why he stopped walking home from school with her. Marcus tells Miranda why he punched Sal. Miranda's mom appears on $20,000 Pyramid. Miranda figures out that Marcus is the Laughing Man and the Laughing Man is Marcus. Miranda's mom wins. Miranda writes Marcus's letter.