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11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel Paperback – January 1, 2010
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*Starred Review* Amanda and Leo, born on the same day, have celebrated their birthdays together for 10 years. Still feeling hurt from an unkind remark Leo made at last year’s party, Amanda spends her eleventh birthday without her now-estranged friend to share the fun. In the days that follow, both Amanda and Leo discover that they are caught in a time loop, waking up each morning to find themselves repeating their eleventh birthdays. They soon renew their friendship and begin to experiment by making different choices throughout the day, partly for the thrill of acting without long-term consequences and partly from their fear of never escaping this mysterious time trap. From the double-entendre title to the solid character portrayals to the clarity and wit of the writing, this novel offers a fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics. The mysterious power that rewinds time eventually seems less important than the power that Amanda finds within herself. Emboldened by the idea of daily do-overs, she discovers that small changes in her attitude and actions result in sometimes-subtle, sometimes-monumental shifts in results for herself, her family, and her friends. A rewarding choice for readers and a natural for booktalks and discussion groups. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Praise for 11 Birthdays
*"From the double-entendre title to the solid character portrayals to the clarity and wit of the writing, this novel offers a fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics." -Booklist, starred review
*"Mass's expertise with pacing keeps the story moving at a lively clip, and her understanding of this age group is as finely honed as ever." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
Top customer reviews
I'd like to read more books like this because I love books that have a happy ending.
In this story,Two kids born at the same time had ancestors who started a feud on Apple trees. That set these two kids in trouble. One day, a woman warned these two men that if they didn't end this feud, they would have a dèja vû. Every day the harvesting festival happens. The same thing happens when the two kids were 11 years old. The boy "Leo" said something mean and the girl " Amanda" overheard and got disappointed. That's when the deja vû started with them. Amanda experienced this and so did Leo. But Leo was to afraid to tell and ask Amanda because he thought she wouldn't listen to the note Leo had dropped on Amanda's desk when he was excused to go to the bathroom. So when class is over, Amanda meets Leo in the gardening field to talk. Once they make up, they search for what's going on. Suddenly, in the museum , they meet the woman that had made the deja vû curse on there ancestors. It was the Apple seeds she had given them on their 5 th birthday, she gave Leo an Apple seed from Amanda's great great grandfathers Apple tree and gave Amanda an Apple seed from Leo's great great grandfathers Apple tree. But when Leo said s poo me thing mean about Amanda on their 10th birthday, Amanda threw the Apple tree out of her window along with all the other things that reminded her of Leo. So when they find out that that's what is going to protect them from the curse, they search for the sturdy Apple tree. On the last day they think they did everything right , they had a party and did the toast. The next day,it was Saturday! I rated this book 5 stars because I loved it and I hope to read more books like 11 birthdays.:)
Hannah Grace age 10