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Twelve (Winnie Years Series)

Twelve (Winnie Years Series)

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by Lauren Myracle, Jen Taylor (Read by)

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New York Times-bestselling author Lauren Myracle is back for another year of ups and downs with Eleven's fabulous Winnie

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


New York Times-bestselling author Lauren Myracle is back for another year of ups and downs with Eleven's fabulous Winnie

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?

Editorial Reviews

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

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Winnie Years Series
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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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“Light, quick reading with an authentic perspective.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, TTYL,TTFN, Kissing Kate, and the recently published How to Be Bad. She is a NY Times bestselling author and her books have received the following honors: ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and New York Public Library Books for the TeenAge. She holds a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Lauren lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Twelve (Winnie Years Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 450 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Crissy15 More than 1 year ago
"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.)
michelleeeeeeeeeeee More than 1 year ago
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 :]
JNLS More than 1 year ago
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.
Brianna-Michele More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
juliameluvscanterwood More than 1 year ago
good book to read if you want to read about friendship and changes
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Very funny. I recommend this book to GIRLS eleven and up!!!
BritMum More than 1 year ago
Good conversation starter for girls with pre-puberty angst. Not too sexy but deals with issues kids want to talk about.
Book-ReaderKM More than 1 year ago
This was just a great book and I loved it. I also loved Eleven and Thirteen. So try them to.
MakikoMS More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book. It is perfect for the age 10-14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and could not put it down. I read it all in just five days, I was so into it. Every year I read the book of the age I am going to turn on my next birthday. I definetely recommend this book to 11 or 12 year old girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute book. It is one of my favorites. Some things in the book were totally not for an 11-12 year-old though. I was shocked. I am taking biology this year and we are barely learning about some of the things having to do with the male anatomy that were mentioned in this book. I got a head start on science but I don't think I really needed to learn about that stuff as early as I did. I still like the book but if you are going to read it, check with your parents to see if it would be okay for your age and understanding. If I knew before I got the book what I was getting into I might not have bought it. Now I read all the reviews before I buy or get anything for free so I know if things are meant for my age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveee this book! The author writes in a voice that is extremely relatable and all of the conflicts i found very realistic. Every girl should read this book!!!! i love winnie and i have grown up with her(:
BOOKWORM4EVER__ More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!!! But it seems more like something an advanced reader of 10 would read or exactly that, a girl whose twelve..... I'm kinda hiding the book from my little sister until i think she is ready for the book. But if you think your sister or daughter is ready for the story about a girl going through puberty and bras then this is her book!
Jaquenetta More than 1 year ago
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!
TomatoLover More than 1 year ago
I recently read Twelve, along with Eleven last summer. I absolutely LOVED the book. It's great for any girl that's growing up. The author puts everyday situations into words and makes them hilarious and believeable. I found myself laughing throughout the book. Myracle's writing style is absolutely magnificent. I absolutely love her books. This is a great book for summer reading. I would not recommend putting it in a classroom as it is strictly a "girl's book". But it's great for sharing with friends. I highly recommend you clicking the "add to cart" button for this great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I think every girl age 11 through 13 should read these books. They are very funny and make you think about you and your body(in a good way).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was probably my personal favorite out of the three in the series. How does Myracle do it? AMAZING! It really relates to young girls who are trying to be perfect, but it tells you that nobody's perfect, and through all of the changes you go through, you're going to make mistakes. So funny, so great! LOVED IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series called eleven, When the second book in this series which is called twelve came out I was like, Yeah baby! This is what I'm talking about! This book is exactly what my life is like and I could not put it down! Every girl who is twelve or is going to turn twelve soon should definately read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finshed reading it today and it....great. i'm going through what she is going through and it hard getting nagged all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! I read, Eleven, and I just had to read Twelve! This book shows the changes you have when your twelve. Each chapter gets more humourus and exctiting! I love this book s much I finished it in two days!!!