11 Birthdays

11 Birthdays

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by Wendy Mass
     
 

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It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited---after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have

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It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited---after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating iself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it? Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell. . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
In the small town of Willow Falls, anything can happen, especially if you are Amanda Ellery and Leo Fitzpatrick. Amanda and Leo have been linked since birth. When they were born a mysterious woman told their parents that they would grow up to be best friends and that they should always celebrate their birthdays together. Unfortunately for the two friends, on their tenth birthday they had a falling out and did not speak to each other for over a year. When their eleventh birthday had finally arrived, the day proved disastrous. A curse had revealed itself and they were destined to repeat their birthday over and over. Can these two put their anger aside and figure out how to break the curse or will they be doomed to relive their birthday? Author Wendy Mass has created a story that is fun and witty. Young readers will laugh out loud as they read and wait for the story to unfold. Parents, librarians, and teachers will approve of this clean and fun read for kids. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard; Ages 7 to 12.
Publishers Weekly

Like a Groundhog Day for middle grade readers, Mass's (Every Soul a Star) winning story features a girl seemingly trapped in her 11th birthday. Amanda seems doomed to relive her failed try-out for the gymnastics team, her mother being fired from her job and, worst of all, the party that even her best friend leaves early-to go to the party hosted by her former friend, Leo. The two have celebrated every previous birthday together (they were born on the same day), but a misunderstanding on their 10th has gone unresolved. After several repeats of the day, Amanda and Leo realize they are in this mess together and must work as a team. Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insights she gains will resonate with them. Mass's expertise with pacing keeps the story moving at a lively clip, and her understanding of this age group is as finely honed as ever. Ages 9-12. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
In this slow-paced middle-school friendship saga, mildly spiced with a bit of fantasy, readers meet Amanda and Leo, best friends who have spent every birthday together since day one. That is, until their tenth birthday party, at which Amanda happens to overhear Leo talking her down to some classmates. In an extreme overreaction, she flees the party and cuts Leo out of her life. Implausibly, Amanda's grudge endures for an entire year, and she finds herself, stubborn and miserable, celebrating her 11th birthday alone. She muddles through a rotten day only to discover that she has to relive it, literally, over and over. When Amanda learns that Leo is likewise stuck, the former friends join forces, learning that dramatic consequences result from their smallest actions and discovering, in a somewhat contrived conclusion, what an old feud, an enchantment and the apple grove long since replaced by the town mall have to do with their extraordinary friendship. The commendable focus on a boy/girl friendship is somewhat offset by the flatness of the individual characters, particularly Leo. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545052405
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Willow Falls Series , #1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
33,873
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Wendy Mass is the author of the award-winning books for readers A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, LEAP DAY, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, EVERY SOUL A STAR, THE CANDYMAKERS, 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, and the Twice Upon a Time series. She tells people her hobbies are photography and hiking, but they're really collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at www.wendymass.com.

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11 Birthdays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1131 reviews.
smileysmilesalot More than 1 year ago
best book i ever read! I read this in less then 2 days and couldnt puit it down!!!!! It's fantabulous!!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the fifth grade. I thought "Oh what a cute story!" grabbed it and bought it. THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER!!!!! My book shelf is filled with almost every Wendy Mass book and my Nook has the latest ones. Without 11 Birthdays I wouldn't be counting down the days until Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life comes to my drama theater. You must read this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. Once you start reading it, you'll be hooked! This book is very interesting and creatively written. Its exciting and it makes you never want to put the book down. After reading this, i would also suggest reading the candymakers and finally, both by wendy mass.
ElizabethN More than 1 year ago
This book is my all time favorite. A must read. I give it 5 stars at least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for elementry kids. I read it in 5 grade and it is still my favorite wendy mass book. This book is great idc wht any 1 else says READ IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book I read by Wendy Mass. I read it because my mom's friend told her about it. So I read some summaries, read the reviews, asked my friends who read it if it was good. Then I bought it. Now my friend asked me if it was good. I was like "Definently!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting much from this book but i decided to read it anyway It is an amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2 words: love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Wendy Mass is a great author. I love all of her books, especially 11 Birthdays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 5th grade and LOVED it!! I finished it in a day. I went home and told my sister to read it. She loved it as well. This book had me attatched to it the whole time. It had me guessing as well. This book is perfect for younger kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Awsomest book ever!!!!!!! <3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wendy is so cool to be writing such amazing books.My school dosent have a whole bumnch of money to have an author visit.If we did,id choose Wendy mass! This book is amazimg i cant put it down! I hope you all get to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!!!!! It is great for 9-12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The plot, everything. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for preteen and teen girls. Also read 13 Gifts. The story connects to it and is also another wonderful book by Wendy Mass.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book i really like it , but still the best book is "Umbrella Summer"
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Awesome
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Best book ever!!!!!! I am so getting the sequil!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The end of the story is very entertaining. Could not stop reading! :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book but some parts were sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. This was my first Wendy Mass book and let me just say, its REALLY good. Its soooo good that I'm doing a book report on it. This is a MUST READ kind of book. But if if u dont like the biggining, dont stop reading because things will start to make sense. Cuz its a little bit confusing in the first 2 chapters. YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE IT CUZ ITS NOT LIKEABLE AT ALL!!!!! ITS LOVEABLE!!!!;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am about to buy it everybody in my class is reading it so i am to! I sounds like my kinda book. I will write another if i can to tell you what i thought