Thursday, July 17, 2014

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass



11 Birthdays
by Wendy Mass
narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Scholastic Audio
Library Copy
2009

Book Jacket Summary
GROUNDHOG DAY meets FLIPPED in this tale of a girl stuck in her birthday.

It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited -- after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating itself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it? Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell. . .

My Thoughts
  Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick share the same birthday but after their epic fight they now share the same problem of being stuck in a time loop. They are reliving their eleventh birthday over and over again! They need to figure out how to break the cycle and how to be friends again. I really like the premise of this story but I am a sucker for a Groundhog Day scenario in my TV shows. Lessons learned and friendships mended make a great story. Wendy Mass has made an engaging story with Amanda having her first birthday party sans Leo, her former best friend. She is definitely moping around the first day and thinks everyone is playing an elaborate practical joke the next day she wakes up and it is her birthday again.
  This is the first of a series about the town and the magical old lady who seems to cause a ruckus in the children’s lives but in a good way. It is a good book and also delves into how growing up can change a person, especially when your best friend is of the opposite sex. Middle school is hard for that to continue easily. It also has a lesson in cause and effect plus taking a risk when the slate will be wiped clean the next morning. Is it really a risk to do something when there is no consequence? Mass explores this and growing up in this short book. It is an excellent read or listen in my case!

Book Pairings
Pie by Sarah Weeks
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
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3 comments:

  1. Great review! This has been on my wishlist for a while and it looks really cute! I love middle-grade books that teach important lessons :) Will definitely try and read this soon!

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  2. Glad to see that you've enjoyed this book. I too thought it was cute! Like you, I listened to the audio and I had fun with it.

    If you are interested, here's my review on this book.

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  3. This was a great review, although I probably wouldn't like it, I am pretty sure my cousin will love it (birthday coming soon), especially because she is turing 11. So thanks :)

    xoxo buildingtheconfidence.blogspot.com

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