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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316058289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316058285
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-9--Today is Josie's 16th birthday, but because it is February 29th, it's really only her 4th "official" birthday. She wears her "The Few, The Proud, The Leapers" T-shirt and checks in with many of her e-mail leapmates from around the country. Her family and friends make a big deal of her "last" teenage birthday. In the meantime, Josie has a lot on her mind, including the tryouts for Romeo and Juliet, her driver's test, and, of course, hunky Grant Brawner. Josie's first-person narration, laced with touches of humor, is reminiscent of Alice's in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's series (Atheneum), but Mass finds a special depth by augmenting Josie's chapters with third-person accounts of many of the same scenes in which readers learn what the teen's friends, family, and teachers are thinking and doing. Some of them are as superficial as Josie perceives, but most have complex stories and secrets far beyond what she could ever imagine. Mass also uses these chapters to comment on the characters' futures, such as the abusive and alcoholic father of a friend who readers are told will one day cause an accident, paralyze a motorcyclist, and never drink again. The style is unusual and interesting, but a little cluttered and slows down the plot. However, Josie remains spunky and good-hearted throughout the eventful day, and most of the other characters' situations are somewhat resolved. Despite the uneven tone, this is a good read.--Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 8-12. Josie Taylor is celebrating her "fourth birthday" by taking her drivers test! That's just one of the activities this leap-year baby has scheduled for her sixteenth birthday, along with play auditions, the annual sophomore scavenger hunt with her three best friends, and summer dreams of becoming Snow White at Disney World. Chapters reveal the thoughts and sometimes the futures of the people Wendy encounters during the 12 hours in which this story takes place, including the news that her out-of-work CPA father is covertly training for Disney guest relations and one of her friends has a secret. This is a fairly typical story, albeit one that is competently told; give it to readers looking for a follow-up to Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001). Cindy Welch
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More About the Author

Wendy Mass is the author of "A Mango-Shaped Space" and "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," published by Little, Brown in November 2006. She lives with her family in Sparta, NJ.

Customer Reviews

Leap Day is a book about a girl named Josie Taylor.
EstelleEmily
The way Mass shows us not only Josie is feeling, but how everyone else around her has their own secrets, is ingenious, and can be very touching and sweet.
Cameron M
The point is, this book is about as good as you'd expect it to be, which is: Pretty Good.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matilda on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I recently re-re-read this book.

The book, for those of you who haven't read it, is written in two main parts. One part is told through the eyes of Josie Taylor, a girl turning sixteen on leap day. The other part is written from third person about all the people she's affected. For example, in Josie's chapter, she might just glance at a boy and think he's weird. In the next chapter, you will see what the boy is feeling, and what's important in his life.

Though the plot wasn't spectacular, I thought it was pretty good, and Mass makes some very good points throughout the book. I am more drawn, though, to that style of writing. It's fascinating to see how each individual character has hopes and fears. It's a good reminder to the reader that the world doesn't revolve around one person. Other people have feelings, too.

I recommend it to someone who feels like a pretty easy, yet very interesting, read. I must tell you, though, I believe the target audience is high-school girls. If you are not a member of that audience, you might give it a try anyway.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Mulhern on May 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
February 29th, Leap Day, has been a big part of my life for a while. My youngest brother was born on Leap Day when I was 9 year old, so we've been teasing him...pretty much ever since. When I saw Wendy Mass's Leap Day pop up on Amazon's bargain books, I grabbed it. It sounded like a fun title and my students can't get enough of Mass's books. I didn't realize how much I was going to enjoy it, too!

Josie Taylor is a "leaper", one of the few people in the world fortunate to be born on Leap Day. As she tells the reader, there is a 1 in 365 chance of being born any other day of the year, but only a 1 in 1461 chance of being born on Leap Day. It's the day of her 16th birthday, and her fourth "real" birthday. She has a day of celebrations to look forward to, like her free pizza from Dominos (do they really give away free pizza for life to leapers?). What I love about the book is that you don't just experience the day from Josie's point of view. You experience it from the point-of-view of all different characters in her life. From her parents, to her best friends, her brother, to random kids in class at school- you get to be in all of their heads!

I'm a natural eavesdropper. I'm nosy, what can I say? So this book was perfect for me! In so many stories I am always wondering what the other characters are thinking and feeling. Wendy Mass has created my dream book.

This is more of a YA novel (though I wouldn't hesitate to include it in my 8th grade classroom). There is some mention of hooking up and other teenagerly activities. I do think my girls are going to love this, and I know it will garner more fans for Mass!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MOLLIE C on May 30, 2013
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I wasn't impressed. This book is definitely for teens. I am more of a preteen and thought it was a little inappropriate for me.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin McCormick on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Leap Day was a story about Josie Taylor, a 16 yr old celebrating her birthday, well actually she is really only 4 yrs old. She was born on February 29, which only comes around every four yrs. her birthday is a very eventful one. From going on a scavenger hunt to taking her drivers Ed test. The book chapters are split up into two sections. The first is from the point of view of Josie. The second is what really happened. Josie experiences many crazy things on her birthday but nothing will be as shocking as the secret that her best friend will tell her. I recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure-packed book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Leap Day was a creative book that I thought was really interesting because it let you see what the other people were thinking and that was what made Josie's (the main character) decisions really funny. I think that a lot of pre-teens and teens would like this book. I also reccomend Pretty Face and Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall. LEAP DAY IS DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiger Student on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Leap Day

By Wendy Mass

This book takes place on leap day. It is the main character, Josie's, birthday and since it is on leap day and only comes around every four years it is a lot more exciting for her. This year it is even more exciting because it's her sixteenth birthday, or really only her fourth. In this book it tells all the different things that Josie does on her birthday, but not only from her point of view. Every other chapter is other people's point of views.

One of the things that Josie does is gets her drivers licenses. She also tries out for the school play, which is called Romeo and Juliet. She has friends from around the country that were also born on leap day, and they all send presents to each other. After school Josie and her friends do a scavenger hunt. They drive all over town collecting the things on the list. One thing on the list is an undergarment that belongs to a teacher. To find out if they get that you'll have to read the book. Josie also has a huge crush on a senior, Grant Brawner. Another special thing that these girls do on leap day is the very important sweet-sixteen initiation at the lake. Josie is the first of her friends to turn sixteen, so she has no idea what is going to happen at the lake that night. But one thing that does happen is the dare that Josie completes. One very exciting thing about this book is a deep dark secret that Josie's best friend, Katy, reveals to her.

I really enjoyed reading this book because it's about a normal teenage girl and what she goes through. I would recommend this book to a girl before a guy since it's about a girl. One of my favorite things about this book was that it told what everyone else was thinking. Sometimes you wonder what people are thinking and sometimes you don't even know that certain people know you. In this book everything that others are thinking is revealed. So if your looking for a book to read, I recommend this one.
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