Twelve

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The only thing more exciting than being eleven . . . is turning twelve!

Winnie Perry went through a lot when she was eleven, from shifting friendships to her teenage sister’s mood swings. But now that Winnie is twelve—and one step closer to being a teenager herself—there is so much more to deal with. Will her new friendship with Dinah last? Can she handle the pressures of junior high? And, most important, will Winnie survive bra shopping (in ...

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Overview

The only thing more exciting than being eleven . . . is turning twelve!

Winnie Perry went through a lot when she was eleven, from shifting friendships to her teenage sister’s mood swings. But now that Winnie is twelve—and one step closer to being a teenager herself—there is so much more to deal with. Will her new friendship with Dinah last? Can she handle the pressures of junior high? And, most important, will Winnie survive bra shopping (in public!) with Mom?

Bestselling author Lauren Myracle again sharply observes a year in the life of a winning young heroine whose humor, daring, and compassion for others is infectious and unforgettable.

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Editorial Reviews

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The count-up saga of preteen Winnie Perry continues. When last seen, Winnie was straddling 11; now she's advanced to the much more adult fields of 12. But her new wisdom hasn't exactly relieved her of anxiety. She worries about the resiliency of her new friendship with Dinah and the prospect of surviving junior high; she also frets over shopping for bras with Mom. A compassionate look at a young girl growing up.
Publishers Weekly
In the sequel to Lauren Myracle's Eleven (a "lighthearted and well-observed novel," according to PW), Twelve, Winnie experiences many of the hallmarks of adolescence--including junior high, getting her ears pierced, shopping for a bra, dealing with menstruation and a first crush. (Dutton, $15.99 208p ages 10-up ISBN 978-0-525-47784-6; Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
In Lauren Myracle's sequel (Dutton, 2007) to Eleven (Dutton, 2004), Winnie Perry shares her most personal thoughts during the year she turned 12 and started seventh grade in her suburban community. Each month-by-month episode features Winnie, her friends, and her family. It also presents well-selected junior high school crises that middle-school girls will easily relate to such as bra shopping, periods, boys, and friendship issues. Jen Taylor narrates this first-person account with just the right tone, making it obvious when Winnie is rolling her eyes in disgust or speaking in that "whatever" tone listeners will recognize. She gives each character a unique voice. Tween girls will relate to the rites of passage that Winnie faces in this realistic look at teen life. Myracle's "Internet Girls" series, for students in grades 8 to 11, will be the perfect step up as tween listeners mature.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410912
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Winnie Years Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 117,826
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author 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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THE THING ABOUT BIRTHDAYS, especially if you just that very day turned twelve, is that you should make a point of trying to look good. Because twelve is almost thirteen, and thirteen is a teenager, and teenagers don’t strut around with holes in their jeans and ketchup on their shirts.

Well. They did if they were my sister, Sandra, who was fifteen-about-to-turn-sixteen. Her birthday comes next month, which meant that for a delightful three-and-a-half-week period beginning today, she was only three years older than me, instead of four. Yes!

Sandra made a show of not caring about her appearance, although it was clear she secretly did. She stayed in the bathroom far longer than any human needed to, and I knew she was in there staring and staring and staring at herself in the mirror: putting on eyeliner and then wiping all but the barest trace of it off; dabbing on the tiniest smidge of Sun Kissed Cheek Stain from the Body Shop; making eyes at herself and dreaming about Bo, her boyfriend, who told her he liked her just the way she was—natural. So ha ha, the trick was on Bo, but I’ve learned from Sandra that boys were often like that: clueless, but not necessarily in a bad way. When I am fifteen, I’ll probably have a boyfriend, and I’ll probably be just like Sandra. I’ll want to look pretty, but not like I’m trying.

But today was my birthday, not Sandra’s, and I felt like pulling out all the stops. Dressing up usually felt dumb to me—I left that to snooty Gail Grayson and the other sixthgrade go-go girls—but I had a tingly special-day feeling inside. Plus, we were leaving in half an hour for my fancy birthday dinner at Benihana’s. Bo was going to meet us there, and so was Dinah, my new best friend. Although it still felt weird calling her that.

I tugged my lemon yellow ballerina skirt from the clippy things on the hanger and wrapped it around my waist. I threaded one tie through the hole at the side, then swooped it around and knotted it in place. When Mom bought this skirt for me six months ago, she had to show me how to make it work, and I’d found it impossibly complicated. Not anymore.

A full-length mirror hung on the inside of my closet door, and I twirled in front of it and watched the fabric swish around my knees. I had scabs from Rollerblading and a scrape from exploring a sewage pipe, but who cared? I could be beautiful and tough. I refused to buff away the calluses on my feet, too. Mom said a girl’s feet should be soft, but I said, “Uh, no.” I was proud of my calluses. I’d worked hard for them. Summer was right around the corner, and I wasn’t about to wince my way across the hot concrete when I went to the neighborhood pool. Flip-flops were for wimps. For me, it’s barefoot all the way.

I rifled through my clothes until I found my black tank top. Sleek and sophisticated—yeah. People would think I was from New York instead of Atlanta. But when I wiggled into it, I realized something was wrong. It was tight—as in, really tight. I flexed my shoulder blades forward and then backward, trying to loosen things up. Then forward and backward again. But what I saw in the mirror was bad. With my herky-jerky shoulders, I looked like a chicken. With breasts.

“Mo-o-om!” I called. “We’ve got a problem!”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Bailey, MS

    This book was absolutely fabulas!!!! i think that every twelve year old girl should read this book. It shows girls that they aren's the only one who goes through embarresing things. I also think that it will bring a girl and her mother closer together. When I read it I had some questions for my mom that we got closer, and I felt like I could ask her amything. So i hope this brings all girls closer to their mothers.

    55 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Twelve: Good Book!

    "Twelve", by Lauren Myracle is a good book for any girl looking for a fun read. It has entertainment, romance, some drama, and a whole load of suprises that will make your mouth drop. Winnie Perry just turned twelve and she must deal with friendship issues, jealousy, embarrassment, and "Becoming a woman". I would recomend this book to girls 10 to 14 (but no younger.)

    31 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    My favorite out of the series!

    i loveeeeeee this book so much! it can be a little descriptive about sexual topics, but it's honestly not that bad. this book kept me reading and its my fave out of eleven and thirteen. i wish lauren myracle would keep on writing to 100! haha that would be so awesome. i recommend to all :]

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    for pre-teens

    Hi,I think this book every girl should read.When i finished this book it made me relize how much girls have to go through.It gets u prepared and thinking about friendship. it gives alot laughter. She goes through embarassing moements like we do.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    Makes Judy Blume books seem tame!

    When my 9 1/2 year-old daughter requested this book, I said, "Sure, let's go check it out!", as I'm always game for a trip to the bookstore. After reading the synopsis of this book, I figured I'd better give it a quick read before she read it. Boy, was I glad I did! My daughter has just learned all about puberty, and it has definitely been the subject of many conversations among her girlfriends as of late; however, this book is no "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret...", a favorite of mine when I was a similar age. This book pushes the envelope in many, many areas, including language (someone is called a "douche"), bullying situations (one girl's eyebrows are shaved off at a slumber party), and some situations that are unlikely, and may cause unneceesary anxiety in a 'tween girl(the main character has her tampon come out in a swimming pool, and then kicks it away with her foot, and tries to swim away before anyone notices).

    I can appreciate the author's desire to create literature that resonates with this age group, in a way that Judy Blume resonated with my generation; however, I truly feel that Ms. Myracle has missed the mark, and in her efforts to reassure young girls navigating through an often angst-ridden time, she has int his book, created scenarios that as adults we know are unlikely, but may given already anxious 'tweens even more to worry about.

    14 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Good for 10 year olds

    Good conversation starter for girls with pre-puberty angst. Not too sexy but deals with issues kids want to talk about.

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Teaches Girls in a Fun and Entertaining way

    This book was amazing! It is very entertaining and also etaches girls about changes that they will go through. I recommend it for girls 9-14. When i read it I became closer to my mom, I felt like I could ask her anything! It was a very good read and me and my friends all erad it togteher, its great for sharing!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Luv winnie!

    This book is like the bible to growing up!It tells tou the ups and downs of growin up. Nothing was inapropriet, just descriptive! I would recomend this book for girls who have already been through the cycle of maturing or goin into it. Maybe ages...11 to 14.please take my word for it! I have just gone through the cycle and stand by my desicion. For the moms that ar worried to by this book, dont be! They have to find out about this stuff eventually.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Is this a good book?

    I am 11 and I am not sure if I should buy it and read it. Should I ?

    8 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Twelve

    This was just a great book and I loved it. I also loved Eleven and Thirteen. So try them to.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Such a bad book! don't read!

    I read this book in a book club my teacher thought it would be a decent book for 11 year old girls. Well! we were all surprised! I was SOOOO shocked This should Not be read by children parents should explain to their kids what is going to change in their body.
    I would NEVER recomend this book to anyone.

    6 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    good

    good book to read if you want to read about friendship and changes

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Completely inappropriate

    This book is completely inappropriate for 12 year old girls. My daughter brought the book to me asking what the author was talking about when she gave details about a boy having an erection. This kind of information does not need to be in this book. I was horrified that I had bought it for her. Don't buy this book for your 12 year old.

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    SO AWESOME!!!

    OMG!! This is one of my fav books. It's a great book that is never boring. This would be perfect for girls ages 9 and up. It is very funny as Winnie gets her first bra, her period, and first BF!! 'Boy friend.' You will love this book even though some parts are kind of sad. But in the end, it all works out! You will seriously enjoy this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    The Car Car Review

    LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Very funny. I recommend this book to GIRLS eleven and up!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book is one of the most down-to-earth, hilarious, understanding books I have ever read. I read this book when I was twelve and I was so into it. Eleven and Thirteen are also great, but I could relate to this book because of what Winnie goes through. Her giggly personality and her honesty is what makes this book magical. I believe that this is a must read. And now, from reading this book, I will read more of her books. I just love love loved it!!!!! -Nikki

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Best Book

    This is the best book. It is perfect for the age 10-14.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Stinks

    Do not even bother. The sample they barley give you any pages. :(

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    Good!

    I think this is a very good book! Maybe some parts are a little inappropriate, so I would say ages 11-14 would enjoy this book. Winnie can relate to many 12 year old girls. She is in many situations that 12 year old girl would go though! I loved this book and would recommend it to many of my friends!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    You might want to read this...

    Love this book, although you might want to read Eleven first! It's a follow up on Eleven, beginning exactly where she left off in the previous book. Really good book!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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