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Thirteen (The Winnie Years) [Paperback]

Lauren Myracle
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Book Description

April 2, 2009 8 - 12 years3 - 7The Winnie Years

Winnie Perry is a teenager—at last! And it’s a really big deal. A ginormous deal, that, wouldn’t you know it, brings ginormous problems along with it. Winnie’s bff #1 is growing up too slowly, while her bff #2 is growing up too fast, leaving Winnie stuck in the middle. Winnie’s boyfriend, Lars, is fabulous—except when he’s not. And as for Winnie’s family, well, big changes are in the air! Beloved author Lauren Myracle returns with first kisses and near misses for everyone’s favorite birthday girl.

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—On Winnie Perry's 13th birthday, she and her two best friends celebrate with makeovers at a swanky cosmetic counter. Over the course of the book, they stick up for and stand up to one another. Boys are also big on the social radar. The most touching scenes involve Winnie's family. Her sister is about to leave for college, and her six-year-old brother is baffled by the world, and watching a friend battle leukemia. Their mom is pregnant and overwhelmed, and her dad is calmly trying to keep everyone smiling, with tender and hilarious results. Each chapter is dedicated to one month of Winnie's 13th year, and the focus is on navigating tricky relationships. Winnie narrates in a convincing 13-year-old voice, and the characterizations of her friends are equally well done. This heartfelt and entertaining book follows Eleven (2004) and Twelve (2007, both Dutton), but it can be enjoyed on its own.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Winnie, the endearing heroine of Eleven (2004) and Twelve (2007), has finally turned magic number thirteen. As in the previous titles, each chapter in this latest installment represents one month of Winnie’s life between birthdays. This year, she experiences her first kiss, grows her hair for charity, and learns to stand up for herself when her boyfriend, Lars, pays too much attention to sophisticated “Nose-Ring Girl.” The year ends happily with a heartfelt apology from Lars and the birth of her little sister, Magnolia. Fans of Judy Blume’s and Paula Danziger’s characters will find Winnie’s growing self-awareness and adolescent insecurity comfortingly familiar. Myracle’s secondary characters are exceptionally well drawn, especially Winnie’s siblings and her beleaguered mom, who hasn’t “had a moment to herself in centuries and . . . no longer owns a pair of underwear where the elastic hasn’t popped out of the leg.” This satisfying third chapter in Winnie’s adolescent journey is an essential purchase for any library serving middle-school girls. Grades 6-9. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Winnie Years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142413704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142413708
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You are thirteen going on fourteen... March 27, 2008
It's always weird to drop right smack dab into the middle of a series. You never know whether you're missing out on some subtle details from the previous books, or even whether or not the book in your hand would be better if you knew its characters already. It's more of a problem with series books, I suppose. Realistic fiction doesn't contain crazy names and weird interior logics. Tween books starring girl characters supposedly are all the same too. The idea is that if you've read the Anastasia Krupnik books by Lois Lowry then you've read the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Alice series then you've read the Lauren Myracle books, and so on and so on. Which, let's face it, isn't true at all. Tween girl heroines each have their own set of quirks and characteristics and Lauren Myracle is no exception. Now I've heard a couple people who are fans of Myracle pooh-poohing her latest book Thirteen. They say it isn't as strong as the other books or the plot wraps up too neatly. Stuff along those lines. Well I myself haven't read any other books by Ms. Myracle except for this title and what I read I really liked. I'm sure that every series like this one has its supporters, but when it comes to an incredible voice and a likable heroine, color me a new Myracle fan. I can't wait to start recommending this book left and right to my patrons.

She survived the age of eleven. She breezed (sorta) through the age of twelve. Now Winnie Perry is a great big beautiful thirteen and boy is she feeling it. She has a boyfriend (sorta sorta) by the name of Lars who seems okay and all but is much better at kissing than communicating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The books Eleven and Twelve, by Lauren Myracle were amazing, but the last book in the trilogy, Thirteen, was even better. It will definitely receive some laughs, and gasps, and you will not be able to put it down. You should read Eleven and Twelve first, but when you get to Thirteen, you are going to fall in love with it. If you're the kind of person who likes realistic fiction, and is preferably a girl, you will really get a kick out of it. The whole story is basically about her turning thirteen, and the joys and struggles of being that age. Every chapter is a different part that makes up her age. (Like in every book in the trilogy)
I know that I would definitely rate this book 5 stars, because as I read it, I felt like I could really connect to the whole story, and there we so many details. And the way that she writes it, you really feel like the main character. I already knew that I loved Lauren Myracle because when she writes her books, she uses great visualization; I can always see the story playing in my mind like a movie.
I guarantee that if you start this book, you will not want to stop. You'll be able to connect to many things in this book. Whether it's a situation that Winnie, the main character, goes through, or a feeling she has. Remember to read Eleven and Twelve first, before reading Thirteen. You're in for a real treat. BUY THE TRILOGY TODAY!!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever! August 18, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I am eleven and a VERY fast reader!
I read Eleven when I was seven, Twelve when I was eight, Thirteen when I was nine, and Thirteen plus One when I was ten and these books are AMAZING!
Lauren Myracle is AMAZING!
If you are in the mood for a book that sounds like it is coming out of a teenagers diary, this is it, or any other of Lauren Myracle's books!
I hope there is a Fifteen!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still like them! June 17, 2013
Another good Winnie book. Her books are so easy to like. This book shows what can happen to people you think used to be your friends, or what its like to have a boyfriend. Winnie is amazing and still likable in this book. I have noticed that as the novels progress, they start showing more people drinking or doing sexuals things, and that happens in real life. So please be wary that as the series progress it does get more crude.
I thought that the relationship between the two characters was a bit unbelievable though.
Rating: 6/10
Parental Rating: 14+ (Drinking, sexuality, crude humor and innuendos)
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37 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Risque for the Approved Age Group April 25, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The recommended age group was 8 to 12 or so. I bought this book for an 11 year old niece for her birthday. Before I gave it to her, I breezed through it and happened upon a page where the main character was thinking about her parents having sex. Someone else in the book had created some art project with something, I can't remember what it was. And her thoughts were that this creation looked like a penis.

My niece's mother red-lighted the book, and I certainly would never allow my 8 year old daughter to read it either. I'm disappointed and nervous. I had already bought the child two other books by this author. What on earth have I exposed her to?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars daughter's favorite February 24, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter is 11 and a very good reader. But she is very picky on what interests her. She loved this book and the other two (Eleven & Twelve)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars foul language & inappropriate content February 10, 2012
By ejeanne
First of all, little kids should not be writing reviews of books. If I as a parent were to use the reviews of children to buy books, everything would be "AMAZING" and "BEST BOOK EVER!!!" and that's not really accurate. This book is rated for ages 8 & up, and depending on whose advice you take, for either upper elementary or middle school kids. There's a big difference there, and for my 9 year old this was not the right book. She was full of questions about girls only a couple of years older than her dating,going to parties with drinking and drugs, and also use of curse words. Why doesn't anyone else mention the language in this book?? Now my daughter knows words and insults she didn't know before, and all of my hard work parenting and teaching is gone and she's only 9. I am not a conservative parent, I am fairly liberal in my voting practices, and am not religious. But I do believe strongly in letting kids be kids for as long as possible and shielding them from excessive violence, sex, and bad influences until they can handle it. This book is simply too grown up for it's audience and parents should pay attention to the ages of reviewers and not the number of stars a book is given. This has made me very leery of buying and clicking on Amazon, and now I feel I have to read all reviews like a hawk before I buy. I don't need my 9 year old reading books about dating, boys, catty friendships and back-stabbling. Girls are capable of reading things with depth, substance, and imagination, and this book is a far cry from such a thing. I will have to start buying more of the classics if this is the type of trash that today's authors produce.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Relative
I can totally relate to this book. This family seems so happy an has this happen to them that will never happen to me. I definitely recommend this book,to ages 11-13.
Published 12 days ago by dedricata
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A good book for girl who have a tuff time because this book is exactly like someone's life. Great book
Published 1 month ago by Emily Budz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is a sweet story about a young lady turning thirteen. It made me flash back to all the good times of my youth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Louise F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by aka15
5.0 out of 5 stars jade
This book is amazing. It is very heart warming. I can't stop reading it. Older kids should only read this.
Published 2 months ago by Doughboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Read me awesome book
OMG Lars and Winnie are such a cute couple Lars can be a jerk though but he makes up for it he apologizes unlike other boys
Published 3 months ago by Nicole Swenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Big YES!
My daughter LOVES this book and each one of the series!
Published 3 months ago by Solana crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
I think all girls should read this book because it made me realize how much Winnie and I have in common. What I don't like is the fact that these books only go up to 14! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I thout it was rlly diffrent but cool I can't wait to read thirteen pluse one yeah or more hi
Published 4 months ago by Casey Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Winnie
I really like all the details in this book. I recommend this book to anybody that is going through what Winnie is. This book will help you solve middle school problems!
Published 4 months ago by Steph
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