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Twelve (The Winnie Years) Paperback – February 28, 2008

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"I didn't want to be a child, and I didn't want to be a woman, and sometimes I just didn't know how to be in between." Winnie, the hero of Eleven (2004), is sometimes too articulate for a sixth-grader, but girls will welcome the information in her funny, sometimes touching daily drama as she starts junior high in Atlanta and deals with family, friends, and enemies, as well as the puberty rites of buying her first bra and getting her period. Then there is the embarrassment of losing the tampon in the pool, but she gets over it. At school she is hurt by her best friend's rejection, and she is ashamed when she acts as a bully toward someone else. And there is a budding romance. The contemporary voice is casual, funny, and, well, nice. Fans of Judy Blume and of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's early Alice books will want this. Hazel Rochman
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“Light, quick reading with an authentic perspective.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0640 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Winnie Years
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410912
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,029 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on April 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Twelve, like its predecessor Eleven, follows a year in the life of a girl named Winnie. Twelve picks up right where Eleven leaves off and keeps right on going. Each month gets a chapter which either details most of the things that happened that month or highlights a special event. Suddenly, everything seems to be changing: her family, her friends, her life, her body. Winnie's sixth grade year is certainly a memorable one!

The book will definitely appeal to girls in late elementary and early middle school who are going through the same things Winnie is going through. Middle school is a tough time. Readers will wince with Winnie when she gets embarrassed and smile when she conquers her fears. If you liked Eleven, you'll definitely like Twelve.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on September 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is my first review on Amazon. I felt I had to say something. My daughter - she is 10 - really liked the book Eleven, and wanted me to get Twelve for her. I said sure. But when I found the book on Amazon and read some of the reviews I got all worked up over it, and I wanted to go to a book store and have a chance to glance though it before I let her read it. Here is the deal. There are no graphic details, and there is absolutely nothing in the book that you should not discuss with a 10-11-12 year old. If you have open communication with your daughter. But if you don't, this book is NOT your biggest problem. My daughter loved the book, read it in two days.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A.G. on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was amazing! I would suggest you read the first book too, because it is equally amazing! I'm disappointed about the many 1 star reviews, all because of a few "inappropriate" things. But really, it's not that bad! Those are things twelve year olds are actually wondering Mom. And just because you don't like your daughter reading those things, it still is not a bad book! The writing is fab, and you actually feel like you are right there with Winnie. And overall, this story just tells the true tales of growing up. 5 stars all the way =]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Hello there, I'm a nine year old living in Pennsylvania and I love the Winnie series!
The parents who say these books are horrible are just spoiling and pampering their kids!
I mean in my 4th grade class they have already talked about these things along with HIV and AID's
Your kids are going to find out eventually so I think that you should teach your kids now.
I think that this is kinda overreacted...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine M. Martinez on October 14, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There is NOTHING graphic about this book. I read this, and it is readable for a 12 year old girl. If you don't want your daughter to know about anything and you want her to be a total shut out from the world, then yea, don't give her the book, and stop making the book look like a graphic, disgusting thing, when actually, it's a very appropriate read for a pre-teen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coolcold99 on February 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of my most favorite books ever. And, although I think it is appropriate, it does talk about what some of the "other" reviews say it does, but barely. It is an excellent book, and the reviewers who think Lauren Myracle is polluting children's mind are people who want their kids to be sheltered their whole lives. What nonsence. Your children probably had already heard of these things with their friends, and now that its in a book they are reading, they feel like you won't be mad at THEM for asking you, as apposed to if you found out what them and their freinds talk about. This book is excellent, IS APPROPRIATE, and was a best seller. BTW, if your child is ten or over, you probably should have told her this stuff awhile ago anyways.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. on July 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
i actually thought this was a great book. The stuff about tampons and erections are things that mot kids learn from classmates because boys know way more than they should and kids are sometimes exposed to these things. Therefore, most girls overhear it or just simply pick it up from a very mature classmate. I learned about most stuff from books on growing up and classmates. Plus, unless you want your daughter to think she's dying when she gets her period, let her read this
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful By jknmom on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Lauren Myracle's books are totally inappropriate for girls under 15 or 16. My 5th grade daughter just read Twelve (it is recommended for girls 10 and up). It contains way to many references to topics that are not appropriate for upper elementary, or even middle school aged children including a graphic explanation of "hard ons" and references to "kids having sex." It also included alot of information about periods and tampons that really scared her. I was shocked when she brought the book to me asking for explanations. I should have been more careful. My sister in law had the same complete shock this summer when her 13 year old read another Lauren Myracle book L8rG8r that had passages too graphic to repeat on this forum. I should have paid closer attention then to the author's name so I would have known that Lauren Myracle's books are completely inappropriate for this age group. There should be a warning for parents on the cover of the book so they can make informed decisions about what is and is not appropriate for their children.
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