Thirteen (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Thirteen (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Lauren Myracle

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Winnie celebrates her 13th birthday with two friends by having cosmetic makeovers at the mall, and she continues to mature and experience many new things over the next year. Winnie's feelings are typical of a 13-year-old. Although she thinks about tongue-kissing and breast implants, she can still have fun making s'mores and sliding down water slides. With her older sister as a role model, she can ask her about boys and dating, and she, in turn, helps her younger brother, Ty, with his six-year-old issues. This is the year of her first boyfriend and first kiss—hesitant and shy she ducks away when Lars gets close, but he is persistent and after being uncomfortable initially, she melts into the warmth and pleasure of his closeness. She can be empathetic and decides to donate her hair to "Locks of Love," (because of a boy in Ty's class who has leukemia), but needs to let it grow for six more months so it's not too short when it is cut. This is a story of love and compassion, good family values, teenage angst and jealousy, faithful friends and happiness. Thirteen is the sequel to Twelve. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- On Winnie Perry's 13th birthday, she and her two best friends celebrate with makeovers at a swanky cosmetic counter. Over the course of the book, they stick up for and stand up to one another. Boys are also big on the social radar. The most touching scenes involve Winnie's family. Her sister is about to leave for college, and her six-year-old brother is baffled by the world, and watching a friend battle leukemia. Their mom is pregnant and overwhelmed, and her dad is calmly trying to keep everyone smiling, with tender and hilarious results. Each chapter is dedicated to one month of Winnie's 13th year, and the focus is on navigating tricky relationships. Winnie narrates in a convincing 13-year-old voice, and the characterizations of her friends are equally well done. This heartfelt and entertaining book follows Eleven (2004) and Twelve (2007, both Dutton), but it can be enjoyed on its own.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
Picking up the last quarter of seventh grade with her milestone birthday, Winnie Perry (Eleven, 2004; Twelve, 2007) enters the eighth grade saddled comfortably between her two BFFs Dinah and Cinnamon. It is a year of firsts for Winnie-first kiss, first real boyfriend, first exposure to someone else's serious childhood illness, first boy-girl party, first break-up. Myracle's diary-style, monthly narrative continues to juggle the early-adolescent psyche against the realities of some of life's more difficult moments. Winnie's experience with cancer (her little brother's friend, Joseph, has leukemia) provides a certain perspective to the problems and personal hurts she faces in her daily teenage angst. More importantly, her middle-child status within a loving and well-adjusted family places her in a position of emotional strength for a little brother and admiration for an older sister's advice. The ups and downs of this typical early teen are well-drawn and realistically portrayed, touching on good and bad values. As in life, the year closes with a new beginning. Fans will eagerly await the next wholesome installment. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Demco Media
Publication date:
Winnie Years Series
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Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Lauren Myracle lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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