11 Birthdays

Wendy Mass, Author . Scholastic $16.99 (267p) ISBN 978-0-545-05239-9

Like a Groundhog Day for middle grade readers, Mass's (Every Soul a Star ) winning story features a girl seemingly trapped in her 11th birthday. Amanda seems doomed to relive her failed try-out for the gymnastics team, her mother being fired from her job and, worst of all, the party that even her best friend leaves early—to go to the party hosted by her former friend, Leo. The two have celebrated every previous birthday together (they were born on the same day), but a misunderstanding on their 10th has gone unresolved. After several repeats of the day, Amanda and Leo realize they are in this mess together and must work as a team. Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insights she gains will resonate with them. Mass's expertise with pacing keeps the story moving at a lively clip, and her understanding of this age group is as finely honed as ever. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 12/22/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
Paperback - 267 pages - 978-0-545-05240-5
Compact Disc - 5 pages - 978-0-545-20278-7
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Compact Disc - 978-0-545-20274-9
Prebound-Glued - 272 pages - 978-0-606-13990-8
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