Study Guide

When You Reach Me Characters

By Rebecca Stead

Miranda

When we read teen and tween fiction we know that our protagonist is probably going to be asking a...

Sal

Sal has been Miranda's best friend since she was a very tiny girl, and she thinks of him as her...

Mom

Though she may not be the most conservative dresser, Mom is Miranda's – and the novel's...

Marcus / The Laughing Man

Marcus is the novel's boy genius, and somewhat tragic figure, who has a hard time relating to...

Julia

If Miranda had an arch nemesis, it would be Julia, a fellow student who she actually says she...

Annemarie

Annemarie is, to put it bluntly, Miranda's replacement for Sal when he stops walking home from...

Richard

Richard is Mom's sweet and supportive lawyer boyfriend who is blond and smart and good at tying...

Jimmy

The novel's examination of race revolves around the character Jimmy and the sandwich shop he owns...

Belle

Belle is a shopkeeper who listens to Miranda prattle on about her favorite book, A Wrinkle in...

Louisa

Louisa is Sal's mother and lives in the same apartment building as Miranda and her mother. She's...

Mr. Tompkin

Mr. Tompkin is a teacher at Miranda's school. Though he plays a small role in the novel, he's a...

Anthony

A minor character, Anthony is Marcus's older brother. The day before Sal is punched, Anthony is...