11 Birthdays

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After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

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Overview

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545052405
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 31,997
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    AHHHH-MAZING

    best book i ever read! I read this in less then 2 days and couldnt puit it down!!!!! It's fantabulous!!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    125 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Claire

    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!!!!!

    107 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    11 Birthdays!!!

    This book is my all time favorite. A must read. I give it 5 stars at least.

    84 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Good for elementary students

    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!!!!!!!

    61 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Really good

    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.

    58 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Love it

    2 words: love it

    46 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    "Amazing!"

    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!"

    43 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    A+!!!!!

    I was not expecting much from this book but i decided to read it anyway It is an amazing book!

    40 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    39 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Smiles

    I think that Wendy Mass is a great author. I love all of her books, especially 11 Birthdays.

    32 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    11 Birthdays

    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.

    20 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    "Tons of fun"

    Good read for young readers

    19 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    The greatest

    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!

    16 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    11 birthday help

    Guess what? I turned eleven two years ago!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I was wondering if I should get this book. It looks good and someone said that it is thier favorite. Should I get it?

    15 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    This is a very good book!

    This is a reallly good book. I would recomend it this book

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Dhjcryncfhjnff

    Rrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddd it!

    13 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Lola

    It is a very good book i really like it , but still the best book is "Umbrella Summer"

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    By Anonymous on April 5,2012

    Awsomest book ever!!!!!!!
    <3

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Awsome:)

    This book is awsome!!! I read it a year ago and i want to read it again!:):):)

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Read Over & Over

    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.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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