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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 (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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My 11 year old daughter talked about her interest in reading this book because some kids at school were talking about it. I don't know why I knew there was something wrong so I ordered it for myself and read through it. It has detailed sexual situations and explicit explanations that are not needed at that age and I think are out of context. I am so sorry for the little girls that read this book they shouldn't be filling their heads with all that info at such a young age. If this is the Twelve book I don't even want to imagine the 13 one!!!
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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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This book is told from the perspective of a middle class, American girl who is going through puberty. She tells her story in a funny, quirky way, always clearly maintaining her solidly middle class status throughout. She is not exclusive about it, just firmly centered there. There is HUGE number of product placements/ads that are infused throughout this entire series of books, and I find that annoying. That's why I gave it four stars.

Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find the discussion of menses and what the main character sees as the male equivalent (erections) to be offensive. Twelve year olds do have to deal with these issues, and this book addresses them with sensitivity.

So, if you can accept the flaws I've mentioned here then you may well find this to be a perfectly good piece of adolescent literature. I did.
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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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This book had parts that are totally inappropriate for any girl younger than 15. It explaines male erections in detail, and discusses kids having sex like its no big deal. If you are a parent who cares about what your young daughter is exposed to, do NOT buy this book!
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