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

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Book 3 of 5 in the Winnie Years Series

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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: 5.1 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 (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,395 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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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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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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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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By T.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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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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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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A Kid's Review on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay, so this book is a little inappropriate in some ways but when I was fifth grade, we were learning about this stuff! I mean really! This is just a book about someone coming of age! IT HAPPENS! Wait until your child is older if you want. This book is just about coming of age and can be found in my elementary library! Thirteen is not bad either. Nor is Eleven or Thirteen Plus One. Lauren Myracle is simply stating a fact about life.
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I LOVED Twelve and all the other Winnie Years books. Winnie's observations about the world are funny and real. She's a very likable narrator and I absolutely adore her! All the other minor characters have great depth to them, too. I didn't like Cinnamon at first, but I grew to love her after I saw how much hilarity and action she brought to the book. I especially love the way she doesn't let Malena and Gail bug her. I also love Winnie's six year old brother, Ty. Some of the things he says and does may seem a little juvenile at first, but you realize how sweet he is, and how he can relate to Winnie's friendship problems. I also HATED Sandra in the first book, Eleven, because she always seemed so mean and cranky and only cared about her boyfriend. But now that Winnie is dealing with "growing up", Sandra seems to be a lot more sensitive, and I like her a lot now. And there's Dinah, sweet Dinah. She may seem a little immature at times, but it all works. All in all, Twelve is an amazing story that is humorous and rings true about the hardships of growing up.
***NOTE*** To all you parents that say this book is fit only for kids 15 and older, WHY???!!! Some of the things that happen to Winnie in the book are just facts of life. Your daughter's going to have to deal with buying a bra and getting her period someday too. I read this book when I was 11, and I already knew about "girl stuff", so it wasn't a big deal. If your daughter's 11 or 12 and getting her period, why shouldn't she be able to read this book? She knows what's happening to her body. This book is not inappropriate AT ALL. If your daughter's 11 or 12 and doesn't know about puberty yet and gets scared by reading this book, then you have bigger things to worry about.
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