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by Lauren Myracle

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Winnie knows that change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when it means her best friend, Amanda, might be dropping her for someone else. Throw in a grumpy teenage sister, a cat who gets trapped in the wall, and a crush who has pinkeye, and you’ve got one big mess—one that Winnie’s not going to clean up! Winnie’s


Winnie knows that change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when it means her best friend, Amanda, might be dropping her for someone else. Throw in a grumpy teenage sister, a cat who gets trapped in the wall, and a crush who has pinkeye, and you’ve got one big mess—one that Winnie’s not going to clean up! Winnie’s decided that she’s going to remain exactly the same, no matter what the rest of the world does. But every month brings crazy adventures. A lot can change in a year . . .maybe even Winnie.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Offering a month-by-month account of Winnie's 11th year, this lighthearted and well-observed novel is sure to strike a familiar chord with girls on the brink of adolescence," wrote PW. Ages 8-up. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Eleven is not an easy year for Winnie; maybe it's not an easy year for any of us. Poised on the brink of adolescence, Winnie, month by month, experiences the subtly shifting dynamics of old friendships giving way to new ones, as girls grow up at different rates, and in different directions. The jacket flap promises "hilarious adventures" and "crazy ups and downs," but while there is a good deal of humor in each carefully recorded incident in Winnie's year, the tone is nuanced rather than madcap, quietly accurate and insightful rather than exaggerated and zany. Myracle closes in the moment when Winnie realizes that her best friend, Amanda, is embarrassed to be seen playing a favorite game of make-believe with her in the drugstore aisle; when Winnie deepens her crush on her sister's boyfriend, Bo, while he scoops ice cream for her at Baskin-Robbins; when she feels ashamed of her saggy one-piece bathing suit on a weekend trip to the beach; and when she forces herself to invite an unpopular, yearning girl to a family Halloween party. Every detail of a lunchtime Chinese jump rope rivalry is honored with minute, microscopic attention. Occasionally the reader may want a bit more structure and closure than Myracle provides in her kaleidoscope of Winnie's year; when the last page comes, it doesn't feel like the last page—the reader may expect and (and need) something more. But Myracle definitely does justice to the small, painful, poignant moments of adolescence. 2004, Dutton, Ages 8 to 12.
—Claudia Mills
Library Journal
Gr 4-6-The author of Kissing Kate (Dutton, 2003) once again explores shifting relationships, this time for a younger audience. Starting with her birthday, Winnie chronicles her 11th year, as she spends time with her lifelongfriend Amanda, placates her grumpy teenage sister and her active little brother, and experiences her first crush. Life could not be better; except that Amanda is starting to slide into adolescence while Winnie is still firmly rooted in childhood. When Gail, a new sixth grader, attracts Amanda's attention, Winnie surprises herself by joining up with unpopular but friendly Dinah. The inclusion of details about the everyday lives of these girls-Chinese jump ropes, flavored Lip-Smackers, and dressing alike-will make this novel enjoyable, even for reluctant readers. However, it's the book's occasional revelation of harder truths that lifts it out of the ordinary. Winnie has a chance to take snobby Gail home when they are trapped at school during a rare Atlanta snowstorm. Although she has proven to be kind at other times, she does not invite Gail along, and this is the only time that readers will feel anything like sympathy for a character who is a bit too easy to dislike. More subtly, Myracle explores the hurts, small and not so small, of losing a lifetime friend in the same quiet way that Lynne Rae Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (Greenwillow, 1999) does for teens. Fortunately, the protagonists' discovery that love and trust can come from opening oneself to someone new compensates for such losses.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Myracle displays a good ear for the words, emotions, and angst of a tween as she takes young heroine Winnie Perry from her 11th to 12th birthdays. Oh, the changes-or, in some case, the fear of same-one year can bring. What's up with a best friend whose interests (boys, for example) suddenly exceed those of Winnie's and who just may be latching on to a new best bud? And is it really possible for Winnie to find friendship, areas of common interest, and a great jump-rope partner in the dorky girl who's always been on the periphery of the class's attention? Sure, contemplating change in your own and other people's lives can be scary, but Winnie learns, as she grows in maturity and self-awareness, that each month brings new adventures and, ultimately, the realization that change isn't all that bad. Girls will especially like this enjoyable novel that rings with preteen truth. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
The Winnie Years
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Penguin Group
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730L (what's this?)
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199 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is theauthor of many popular books for teens and tweens,including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn(Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins,Colorado.

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Eleven (Winnie Years Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently turned 11, so I started to read the book because I never really read it. I'd skip parts. So I read the whole thing in two nights. I finished and learned what I should be looking forward to as I become older and more matured. The book was a one-entry-in-a-diary-a-month book that other girls can relate to, such as friendship loss, catty girls, developing, anything and everything. I loved it!
CharlotteIsabel More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. It is amazing, with Winifred Perry discovering all new friends (and enemies!). Each book starts out on Winnie's birthday, no matter what year/age. Dinah, her *new* best friend keeps her company, cries with her, and is funny. The Winnie years are for kids ages 8+. Especially Twelve, Thirteen, and Thirteen Plus One. It discusses puberty, boys, relationships, and more. All from a middle-schooler's point of view. A FIVE STAR book.
smiley247 More than 1 year ago
Eleven is a great book for anyone who is eleven or who wants a good tribute to their eleven-year-old days. Follow Winnie Perry through the months of her elventh year when she befriends a not-so-cool girl in school, starts sixth grade and looses her BFF to the popular girls, battles to get the courage to talk to her crush, and more! A great read for fun.
SammieMM More than 1 year ago
Lauren Myracle is a great author. Let's just leave it at that. She knows just how to grasp a reader's attention and keep the story interesting. I applaud her for that. The book is written in months, meaning that one chapter is March and the next April, and so on until the next year, when it was close to Winnie's birthday again. I liked this because it helped me picture the setting better. I also like that as Amanda and Winnie grow apart, Amanda doesn't become a total jerk that doesn't care for Winnie at all. There are so many books out there where the best friend of the protagonist ditches the protagonist all of a sudden. Examples are Addie from the How I Survived Middle School series and Sandra from Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies. And while Amanda does dump Winnie for the snobbiest girl in school, she's sympathetic about it. I don't think it would be realistic for her not to care at all. Winnie was so strong in this book. She was kind to Dinah and even became her best friend, and I loved that. Overall, I loved this book. It was so realistic and easy for me to relate to. I would let girls ten and up read it because of very mild language and a little talk about boys and puberty. I urge you to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Winnie and her life experiences. It really made me remember back to my childhood, and my 5th-6th grade years in school. Those can be really difficult times. I think that readers can really relate to Winnie and both the good and difficult times that she experiences. I enjoyed the interesting stories and adventures that happen to Winnie each month of her 11th year of life. As an elementary school teacher myself, I would highly reccomend this book to my students. It can really help students understand how relationships do grow and change over time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing story great guide for ten to fourteen year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a great book!!! at first its a little boring but when you get to chapter 2 its really good!! but you must read this book before you read Twelve so you fully understand it!
editor-in-training More than 1 year ago
This is a totally cool book. I loved it! It doesn't have any bad parts at all. I suggest you read it (though GIRLS would like it WAY more than guys, guys SHOULDN'T be reading it; that's my opinion). It is about a girl, Winnie, who turns eleven. The whole book is about her eleventh year. Each month has different things happeneing to Winnie. Friendships change, older sister, younger brother, the works. I'd recommend it for people for ages 10+ (at least). Take a chance and read it! Go Winnie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enlighting!! It was so good I bought it. I have read it 5 times read the other books in Winnie series**** ****i love winnie!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked Eleven. I think it is a very good choice for girls ages 8-12. I first listened to Eleven when I was eight or nine, then read it for fun a couple of years later. I think this is a really great choice, and that it really does ring true to 11 year old girls. Girls do change, and loose friendships, such as Amanda and Winnie do, and get new friendships. The only reason I give this four stars is because sometimes Winnie or her friends act younger than eleven, and I'm not just talking about Dinah. I think girls in the sixth grade act a LITTLE more mature than Winnie and her friends do. Other than that, I think this is a great book that all 11 year old girls should read!
Lillian98 More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you reading 'til you get to Thirteen Plus One and beyond. It helps normal girls deal with normal girl things. It helps you know what to do when you first start growing up by giving you an example of how "Winnie" handles things. I highly recommend this to girls who're struggling with life or not. :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get a load of this book!!!!! This book is a really nice book for eleven year olds it is a must read in my oppinion!
Kristen Hollingsworth More than 1 year ago
It is such a good book. This author is totally great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great. I enjoyed it. I think that grils that are eleven or are going to turn eleven should read this book because then they'll probbaly experience something like this in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im absolutley addicted to all of Lauren Myracle's books! Especially Eleven! She can really relate to the main character Winnie. She teachhes all about the loss of friendships and starting to develop, and everything a tween girl like most of us can think of! Overall an outstanding book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 and I think this book is really accurate on a 11 year olds life. It is also very helpful to see what to look out for. I would recommend this series to 10-14 year olds. Read Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, and Thirteen Plus One.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an awesome book its excatly like real life :) <3
mollymoo More than 1 year ago
i think that this book,eleven,was a really good book. it shows what young girls are going through.i loved it you will be touched by this heart warming funny book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great because number one it showed how quickly things can change in someones life and #2 how some relationships can be misleading. trust me, i've been through that! READ ELEVEN!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CUTE STORY!! It was really good and I give it a double thumbs up!! Winnie, the main character, takes you on some wild but funny adventures. It is a story wonderful story about friendship that you will want to read again and again! Highly recommend it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book that i have read so far because it is very detailed and i could not put ir down. You should totally read this book and recommend it to friends and family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hopee you love it just like mee!
Haley Bryant More than 1 year ago
A book full of exciting moments in the life of Winnie!!!
BookWormLuvr13 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Winnie...an average eleven year-old who tries to find out who her real friends are and how to make Gail (Miss Popular) disapear from Winnie's difficult eleve year-old life! :)
Diana Anglada More than 1 year ago
Ilove this book its awsome they changed the cover and dinahs dress right? Ialready read the whole series it awsome!!!!