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The Last Present

The Last Present

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by Wendy Mass

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Amanda and Leo have a history with birthdays. Now their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time in order to fix whatever's wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace's birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns... which raise all sorts of questions.

Amanda and Leo are


Amanda and Leo have a history with birthdays. Now their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time in order to fix whatever's wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace's birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns... which raise all sorts of questions.

Amanda and Leo are going to have to unravel the threads of the past and present -- and travel much further than they ever imagined -- if they're going to save Grace. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in the charming and funny Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass, where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Raymond
Best friends Amanda and Leo have not spoken to one another for a year even though they have seen each other every day. When the mysterious Angelina D'Angelo finally gives them permission to talk, they have to set out on a crazy adventure through time to help nine-year-old Grace that is stuck in a frozen state. Amanda and Leo must stop Grace's birthday parties from being foiled. In doing so they can restore Grace back to normal, but like every good mystery there is more than what appears on the surface. Amanda and Leo must uncover the truth in order to really help Grace and the truth is not exactly what they think it is. This novel is a sweet, little adventure filled with time travel, strong friendships, and mystery. Readers will enjoy reading about Amanda and Leo's journeys as well as their budding relationship, which begins to go beyond just a friendship. Mass also does a nice job of bringing closure to the series as readers learn more about the mysterious Angelina D'Angelo. Reviewer: Sarah Raymond
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—In this installment in the series, Mass continues to weave reality with fantasy, action, and plot twists to draw readers into her story. The Last Present pairs 13-year-old best friends, Amanda and Leo, to unravel the mystery of why 10-year-old Grace has become catatonic following their friend David's bar mitzvah. While visiting Grace, Angelina D'Angelo appears as her nurse, and the friends know that the mysterious old woman with special powers is involved. Amanda and Leo are instructed to journey to the past, specifically to Grace's previous birthday parties, to undo a curse that has befallen her. But, do they have enough information to reverse it? Angelina has a habit of leaving out important pieces of a story in order to get her way. With the help of their friends, Amanda and Leo are up to the challenge and begin their time-travel adventure. Woven seamlessly into this fantasy are the realistic issues that tweens encounter. Young love, sibling rivalry, and embarrassing parents are as much a part of this adventure as the time travel. Although part of a series, The Last Present can stand on its own, but readers will want to find the earlier titles once they have visited Willow Falls.—Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The latest volume in the Willow Falls series finds Amanda and Leo trying to save a young girl through a series of eventful time-traveling adventures. Magical, mysterious Angelina D'Angelo has set out quite the task for best friends Amanda and Leo. For 10 years, Angelina has been thwarted as she attempted to place a benediction on a young girl named Grace, who now languishes in a coma. Amanda and Leo must time travel to Grace's prior birthday parties to ensure that the benediction successfully occurs, and they must get it right not once, but three times, to save her. Or so Angelina says. The friends discover that the story is more complicated and that it is wrapped up with Angelina's own closely guarded secrets. Character development and closure are key here. Amanda and Leo do a lot of growing up as they negotiate complicated ethical terrain as well as a relationship evolving from friendship into romance. Further, Mass successfully weaves together the stories of familiar characters from previous volumes and finally reveals a full picture of Angelina, the powerful, flawed puppet master of the previous episodes. While the tale has general appeal, it is most suited for devoted series fans, who will most appreciate the tying up of loose ends and revelation of long-held secrets. (Fantasy. 8-12)
From the Publisher

Praise for 11 Birthdays:

*"A fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics." -- Booklist, starred review

*"Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insight she gains will resonate." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Finally:

"Finally is a treat -- a delicious story about fitting in, falling down, and growing up. Wendy Mass has done it again!" -- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal winner of When You Reach Me

"Finally will have readers laughing, nodding in agreement, and sighing in sympathy." -- TeensReadToo.com

Praise for 13 Gifts:

*"Mass keeps the plot jumping like a fireworks display; there's one surprise spark after another, all coming together at the end for a breathtaking finale." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including 11 Birthdays, Finally, 13 Gifts, The Last Present, and the Twice Upon a Time series: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair; Sleeping Beauty, The One Who Took the Really Long Nap; and Beauty and the Beast, The Only One Who Didn't Run Away; as well as A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Leap Day, Every Soul a Star, and The Candymakers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

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The Last Present 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it really the last book? Wendy Mass should totally write more awesome bestsellers. What's the point of reading if Wendy mass stops writing? Read this book and enjoy it. It might be the "Last Present" Wendy Mass gives us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book to read. One of my all time favorites! Will Wendy Mass write another book to this series please!!!!!!-Anonymous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookwas AMAZING!!! But I can't wait for the next one to come and find out what happens between Leo and Amanda!! I love Wendy Mass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for wendy mass fans! So goid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. I AM THE FIRST REVEIW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2. I NEED this book I LOVE Wendy Mass and her books!!!! They're all sooooo good! I love finally! That book is so good! I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe grace! Its so awesome the new things going on! A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was special and cool because you have to read each word very carefully to actually understand what is happening. You have to read it cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i sware if I could I would give wendy mass 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000stars. I nominate Wendy Mass for the author of the next 1000000000 mileniums award. You have really changed the face of reading and i bet all of us are honored to even touch a book that has your ideas written on the page. Keep up the amazing work Wendy we all love you dearly. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book i hope another one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! One of my favoriye quotes now is "there are no coincidences in Willow Falls" its so much deeper than most people think. I think that part of its lesson is telling to always be expecting anything if its:good bad weird scary or even creepy. I loved this book and it deserves evry star I'm giving it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A great way to end the series!!!!! Read it it is super good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved 11birthdays 12finaly and 13 gifts the 4 out of 8 books is slowly going to get better and better me and my bestie are going to love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could'nt find this book at any of my local libraries. I was SO dissapointed! Without being able to read The Last Present I felt like an incomplete puzzle. Then I stumbled across the audio book at a library. I was like "Why Not? I' ll try it." Im glad I did. The story comes back to besties Leo and Amanda. They can finally talk to eachother again! They must save catatonic Grace, a sister of a friend. It turns out old Angelina is behind it. They must travel back in time to save her by following picky Angelinas strict rules. Leo and Amandas relationship turns romantic. : * As well as Tara and Davids. We learn more about Angelina this time as well. Finishing this book makes me feel so self-satisfied! I cannot wait until Graceful comes out. One problem with this series is that you have to read them in a certain order to completly understand these books. # Not the last Book Yaaaay! Sincerly the Bookworm : D
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wendy mass needs to write another book in the Willow Falls series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so first someone email or contact wendy mass because I need to find out more about what happens! A must read and hopefully not the last but one of the greatest wendy mass books. So many surprises this book is phenominal! If you do not want to buy this book for the money then get it somewhere else because its an amazing book worth every penny and more. Honestly there should be a movie or something! When I got back from my first semester college my sister told me that even though I am a littlenold for it tonread it and i loved ita!! - Shelly M
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so detailed! Every last sentence means something, its a must read!!!! I loved all the other books in the series. Amanda and Leo are back but they don't have the same problem as last time! They still do the same day over again,just not the same way ( that's all I'll say, don't worry!) One of the chapters surprised me so much, so let's just say that their relationship is very, shall we say "salty" and if you've read the book you might know what I mean! I reeeeaaalllly reccomend this book! Please read this book I love it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you for real?!!!! If you are EEEEEEEE!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I can't wait to read this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best series i ever read just luv it