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11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel Paperback – January 1, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 398 customer reviews
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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 Audible Audio Edition edition.

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*"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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545052408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545052405
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
11 Birthdays is Groundhog Day for tweens.

Amanda and Leo have known each other forever. No, really. Their parents met in the Willow Falls Birthing Center the day that their kids were born. Exactly one year later, they all happened to be at the same place for their birthday parties. Leo offered Amanda his stuffed bear, and the two babies became friends. They celebrated their birthday together every year since. Then, during their tenth birthday party, Amanda overheard Leo say something that really hurt her, and they pretty much stopped speaking to each other.

Amanda's eleventh birthday isn't horrible, but the day doesn't exactly go according to plan, either. She gets talked into trying out for the school gymnastics team by her friend, then freezes up when she's supposed to do a back handspring. Her dad has a terrible cold. Her older sister Kylie seems preoccupied. In honor of her movie-themed birthday party, her mom got Amanda a Dorothy costume that's uncomfortable. With Leo having his own party at the same time, only half of the kids that were invited come to Amanda's house, and some leave early to go to Leo's place. Wearing an itchy dress and shoes that hurt her feet, Amanda's pretty miserable, but she doesn't really complain. As she crawls into bed that night, she's thankful for what she has - her family, her health, the upcoming weekend - and is grateful that the day is over.

Then she wakes up the next day - or what she thinks is the next day - only to discover it's Friday again! At first, she thinks her family is teasing her, but her sister's wearing the same outfit and her parents are insisting that she goes to school, so she goes with it.
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Format: Hardcover
I needed a book that would be...well...restful to read. No death, no car chases, no kidnapped kids. 11 BIRTHDAYS is just such a book. If you know a 'tween (or ARE a 'tween) who needs a little break from spy kids, vampires, computer hackers and explosions, then give this book a try. It's full of humor, the kids are far from perfect, and I predict you will be delighted. It's the story of a friendship gone wrong, and how it is mended. I particularly liked it that, when "mistakes were made," people tried to apologize and make it right.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book about a girl named Amanda and a boy named Leo. They were born on the same day.Ever since their first birthday,they have celebrated together.But for their eleventh birthday, they aren't going to.
Neither of them are excited at all. Amanda wakes up and finds that her dad is sick and her mom has an important meeting to go to.Happy birthday, huh? And it gets worse.
By the end of the day, Amanda can't wait for the next day.But there is just one problem. The next day IS her birthday. All over again!
This hilarious but sad adventure shows how two friends come together to somehow find out how this happened and maybe solve this glitch in time.In the process,they find out that the same thing happened to their great-great grand parents. I loved this story and recomend it to anyone that loves a touching story about two friends and their love for eachother.~Suzie Q.
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A Kid's Review on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Eleven repeating birthdays? Awesome! But maybe not for Amanda.

In 11 birthdays, Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick are very special; they were born on the same day. They were best friends too... until the fight. On their 10th birthday, when Leo says some not-nice not-true words, Amanda doesn't talk to him for a year. When they turn 11, Amanda has her first birthday without Leo and dreads every second. She is extremely glad when it's over, knowing Saturday will come the next day. But when she wakes up and it's her birthday all over again, she is terrified and freaking out. Nobody else seems to notice. The day repeats over and over, and Amanda gets a big surprise. Leo's day is repeating too. With the same things happening, Leo and Amanda can't help wondering, will this day ever stop?

My opinion of 11 Birthdays is very high. First of all, Leo is a funny character, so that humors the book. Evan though there are no pictures, I can visualize everything the author is trying to say. Like when Amanda found out that Leo was going through the same things as her, I can imagine her face filled with surprise. Amanda is also writhing the book in first person, and even though she doesn't say her feelings directly, you can tell what she is feeling.

So how would you feel if your birthday was repeating again and again, and then you found our your arch enemy was in on it too, just like in the book 11 Birthdays?
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"Groundhog Day" for kids! The main character(s) both share a special connection, until the big fight. We follow the characters as they try to discover what is happening to them as they both wake up to the same day (their shared birthdays) everyday. Will be a great conversation starter for kids/classrooms, I'd definitely recommend this novel. Light, but fun.
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I have read this book at least five times before. I have read almost all of the books by Wendy Mass and none of them so far disappoint. Wendy Mass is my favorite author because her books are SO GREAT!!!! I have read all the books in the Willow Falls books that are out so far, and am waiting ever so patiently (lol not really) for the next on to come out on April 26.... which is super close!!! The Willow Falls series is actually my favorite book series... you MUST read this because, along with all the others by Wendy Mass, it's really good! I'm 12, but I read it for the first time when I was 10, and I still LOVE it!!

Thank you, Wendy Mass, for another awesome book. Why am I even surprised? :D
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