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by Lauren Myracle

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Winnie Perry is a teenager—at last! And it’s a really big deal. A ginormous deal, that, wouldn’t you know it, brings ginormous problems along with it. Winnie’s bff #1 is growing up too slowly, while her bff #2 is growing up too fast, leaving Winnie stuck in the middle. Winnie’s boyfriend, Lars, is fabulous—except when he’s not


Winnie Perry is a teenager—at last! And it’s a really big deal. A ginormous deal, that, wouldn’t you know it, brings ginormous problems along with it. Winnie’s bff #1 is growing up too slowly, while her bff #2 is growing up too fast, leaving Winnie stuck in the middle. Winnie’s boyfriend, Lars, is fabulous—except when he’s not. And as for Winnie’s family, well, big changes are in the air! Beloved author Lauren Myracle returns with first kisses and near misses for everyone’s favorite birthday girl.

Editorial Reviews

Thirteen! Winnie Perry has finally achieved the age of total wisdom and nonstop fun. Or so she imagines. What she actually experiences in this winning sequel to (you guessed it) Eleven and Twelve is far more complicated and entertaining, as Lauren Myracle's lighthearted series about the perplexities of growing up reaches those perilous teenage years.
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
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)
From the Publisher
The contemporary voice is casual, funny, and well, nice. Fans of Judy Blume will want this. -Booklist

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Winnie Years Series
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9 - 12 Years

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The contemporary voice is casual, funny, and well, nice. Fans of Judy Blume will want this. -Booklist

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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Thirteen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 436 reviews.
Margarita_L More than 1 year ago
my friend showed me these books and i couldn't be any happier that she did the eleven twelve and thirteen are just amazing I [heart] thirteen because even though it has the same comedy and thrilling-ness it is down rright awesome i love that it is very sophisticated and way more mature then the others its is very emotional and actually made a few tears pop out Winnie Perry is growing up and knows great things now that are inspiring Lauren Myracle has really donee fabu in this one It captures the essense of a thirteen yeaar old perfectly Also this book is way more interesting becuase whilee i reaad it i just couldnt stop so i kept reading and i noticed i noticed it was 5 pm when i started reading was around 12 in the morning I read for 5 hours non-stop and i loved it Even when i had to eat i was making a sandwhich in one hand and reading in the other Yes this book really awed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my daughter liked it a lot. the book is written in plain language and it is pleasant story telling. it also addresses some issues that pre-teens might be uncomfortable talking to their moms about, so it is a nice way to introduce certains subjects, like first kiss, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is almost like a girls bible to growing up!It tells you the ups and downs of being a tween. I read this book when i first got my nook...two days later, the book was finished!I could not put this book down. There really wasn't anything inapropreite, just descriptive.I would recomend this book for girls who have already been through the teen cycle or going into it. Probably ages 11 to 14. Please take my advise! Just went through the cycle myself and I feel sertain about my choice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thirteen is about this girl named, Winnie. Winnie is going through her teen years. She has a boyfriend and two friends that are totally different. This story starts on the month of her birthday and ends the month before her next birthday. It tells everything that happens to Winnie throughout these months. Winnie has hard times and exciting times throughout these months. This book starts with her teen years of her life. Winnie tries to do a lot with her boyfriend, but also a lot with her best friends. She is not a popular girl, at all. Winnie does have fun, though. Thirteen has many characters. Some of which are Winnie, Lars, Dinah, and Cinnamon. The setting is modern or present day. It takes place at Winnie¿s school and sometimes her house. This book is a very good book. It shows what could happen in a teen¿s life. Thirteen is an interesting book, also. Winnie is thirteen and in her teen years. She has a boyfriend, which you can tell she loves hanging out with. They have so much fun together. This book shows that you can have some hard times, but mostly happy times. Winnie does have a lot of fun during her life. Thirteen is a wonderful book. This book makes me want to compare my life to Winnies. I think part of what Winnie is like is just like me. I love how there is a book for each year of her life, starting at ten. Having the books like this makes me want to see what is going to happen the next year of her life. This book has to be my favorite book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 and absolutley fell in love with this book. It is the best of all the Winnie years. If you are thinking about reading this- you definitley should. Hope this helps(:
swim_chick More than 1 year ago
I loved the book thirteen! This story was the final book of eleven, twelve, and thirteen. It is about a girl who is growing up and learning how to be a teenager. This book is hilarious because this girl doesn't want to become a teenager, but she is and she doesn't even know it. She starts to like a guy and eventually starts to date him and then she realizes that growing up isn't that bad. I liked them so much that I wish that Lauren Myracle would write another one. I have loved all of her books so far. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo good i love it so much the parts with lars are so powerful. I would not mind a book of all winnie and lars. But that is crazy because this book is amazing just how it is. The last sentence is one of the most powerful. All the endings are so powerful and make you crave for more winnie. Please read! You will thank ur lucky stars you did!
Blanca Zapien More than 1 year ago
Read these books if you really need advice when you are growing up!
SammieMM More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a thirteen year old girl named Winnie who is encountering many changes, such as her last year of middle school and gaining a new boyfriend named Lars, who doesn't know how to tell other girls he's already taken. I laughed and cringed along with Winnie throughout the whole book. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it moves a little slowly, and I didn't like that Winnie forgives Lars for acting like a jerk toward her because... you'll just have to read the book to find out! I recommend this book to any girl twelve and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They r amazing. I have re read them each 5 times at minimum. LOVE these books. I just hope LM would write a thirteen plus two. That would be awesome but amazing books.
Lillian98 More than 1 year ago
This book totally helps you with middle school and boyfriends. Winnie gets a boyfriend and has to learn to trust him. She also makes some friends. If you need some advice or entertainment READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your 13 years old, this is a great book for you. I absolutely love the Winnie Years Series of books. I have read them all according to my age and I have been sucked into every book. I just finished Thirteen yesterday, and I loved it so much that it only took me a week to read! The juciest book is Twelve, but Thirteen is just as terrific! I highly, highly, highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was really good! For ages 11 to 13 i would recomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book out of the whole series even thouh there was a lot of kissing in it that was to detailed the book was pretty dramatic though i would advise you not to read it if you are 9 and younger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first saw this book, i wasnt eagar 2 read it. The cover looked like it was very childish. After some pushing from my friend i finnaly read the book. I WILL ALWAYS TRUST HER JUDGEMENT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Lauren Myracle's books, but my favorite are her Winnie books. Eleven seemed like the best book ever, and then I read Twelve! All my friends borrowed it from me, all begging me to loan them Thirteen when I get it, and I've read Twelve five times!! I've been dying to see what happens in Thirteen, wondering how it will go with Winnie and Lars, and her family, and friends. I don't want the books to end!! Also, this is crazy, but everything that happens to Winnie, happens to me! My first friend's growing up too slow, my second too fast, and I'm stuck in the middle! I got my first boyfriend, and everything! It's awesome figuring out how Winnie's dealed with her problems, and how I do. Most of the time she did better though!! Keep writing Lauren Myacle! And dont't stop at Thirteen please please!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luved this book nd the whole series. Had an entirtaining tale of a girl going through life as a tween and teen. Great books. I like that Winnie is like a normal teen girl. Shes like me (not really the only thingbwe have in common is our hair and eye color).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the series ! These r awesome books it starts with ten and goes up to thirteen plus 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book alot. I think it is perfectly fine for girls of all ages. This is a pefect book to read to get ready for middle school. It is so much easier to read books like this when your younger because it makes you more comfy in your own skin. It is easier knowing that your not the only one in this position. I really miss reading this book because it prepared me for what was to come. It is also great for girls who don't have any other sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Winnie Years Series! It's understandable and fun and perfect for a girl my age. When I started reading the first book, Ten, I was 10 years old, so it was fun reading it. I'm turning 11 in 3 months and I'm already on the last book, Thirteen Plus One. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it ends. Once again... BEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Olga Perez More than 1 year ago
Winnie is very funny, but it has some innapraropiate words. I recommend rhis for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and it is the best book for girls that are thirteen or becoming thirteen. I love it!<333
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked this book. I had read Ten, Eleven, and Twelve and I really liked them. But then, I read Thirteen and Thirteen Plus One and was a little dissappointed. Winnie turns into a whole different person, and at times there was a few inapproipiate words and kissing. I wouldn't read this book unless you're actualy older than thirteen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soo good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents, if you think that your child is not ready to read about boys and girls with crushes, wait to read Thirteen. In that situation, I recommend Ten (same author, same series). But if you think your child is ready, Thirteen is a great book.