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Grade 7-9--Today is Josie's 16th birthday, but because it is February 29th, it's really only her 4th "official" birthday. She wears her "The Few, The Proud, The Leapers" T-shirt and checks in with many of her e-mail leapmates from around the country. Her family and friends make a big deal of her "last" teenage birthday. In the meantime, Josie has a lot on her mind, including the tryouts for Romeo and Juliet, her driver's test, and, of course, hunky Grant Brawner. Josie's first-person narration, laced with touches of humor, is reminiscent of Alice's in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's series (Atheneum), but Mass finds a special depth by augmenting Josie's chapters with third-person accounts of many of the same scenes in which readers learn what the teen's friends, family, and teachers are thinking and doing. Some of them are as superficial as Josie perceives, but most have complex stories and secrets far beyond what she could ever imagine. Mass also uses these chapters to comment on the characters' futures, such as the abusive and alcoholic father of a friend who readers are told will one day cause an accident, paralyze a motorcyclist, and never drink again. The style is unusual and interesting, but a little cluttered and slows down the plot. However, Josie remains spunky and good-hearted throughout the eventful day, and most of the other characters' situations are somewhat resolved. Despite the uneven tone, this is a good read.--Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH
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Gr. 8-12. Josie Taylor is celebrating her "fourth birthday" by taking her drivers test! That's just one of the activities this leap-year baby has scheduled for her sixteenth birthday, along with play auditions, the annual sophomore scavenger hunt with her three best friends, and summer dreams of becoming Snow White at Disney World. Chapters reveal the thoughts and sometimes the futures of the people Wendy encounters during the 12 hours in which this story takes place, including the news that her out-of-work CPA father is covertly training for Disney guest relations and one of her friends has a secret. This is a fairly typical story, albeit one that is competently told; give it to readers looking for a follow-up to Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001). Cindy Welch
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316058289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316058285
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I recently re-re-read this book.

The book, for those of you who haven't read it, is written in two main parts. One part is told through the eyes of Josie Taylor, a girl turning sixteen on leap day. The other part is written from third person about all the people she's affected. For example, in Josie's chapter, she might just glance at a boy and think he's weird. In the next chapter, you will see what the boy is feeling, and what's important in his life.

Though the plot wasn't spectacular, I thought it was pretty good, and Mass makes some very good points throughout the book. I am more drawn, though, to that style of writing. It's fascinating to see how each individual character has hopes and fears. It's a good reminder to the reader that the world doesn't revolve around one person. Other people have feelings, too.

I recommend it to someone who feels like a pretty easy, yet very interesting, read. I must tell you, though, I believe the target audience is high-school girls. If you are not a member of that audience, you might give it a try anyway.
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February 29th, Leap Day, has been a big part of my life for a while. My youngest brother was born on Leap Day when I was 9 year old, so we've been teasing him...pretty much ever since. When I saw Wendy Mass's Leap Day pop up on Amazon's bargain books, I grabbed it. It sounded like a fun title and my students can't get enough of Mass's books. I didn't realize how much I was going to enjoy it, too!

Josie Taylor is a "leaper", one of the few people in the world fortunate to be born on Leap Day. As she tells the reader, there is a 1 in 365 chance of being born any other day of the year, but only a 1 in 1461 chance of being born on Leap Day. It's the day of her 16th birthday, and her fourth "real" birthday. She has a day of celebrations to look forward to, like her free pizza from Dominos (do they really give away free pizza for life to leapers?). What I love about the book is that you don't just experience the day from Josie's point of view. You experience it from the point-of-view of all different characters in her life. From her parents, to her best friends, her brother, to random kids in class at school- you get to be in all of their heads!

I'm a natural eavesdropper. I'm nosy, what can I say? So this book was perfect for me! In so many stories I am always wondering what the other characters are thinking and feeling. Wendy Mass has created my dream book.

This is more of a YA novel (though I wouldn't hesitate to include it in my 8th grade classroom). There is some mention of hooking up and other teenagerly activities. I do think my girls are going to love this, and I know it will garner more fans for Mass!
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Leap Day is a book about a girl named Josie Taylor. The book is written in two ways all throughout: one chapter in Josie's POV, and the next told in third person omniscient about everyone Josie encountered in the previous chapter. The way it is written opens your eyes as to why certain people act certain ways. Sometimes the reason someone does something is childish and stupid, but it makes you realize that we never actually know what people are doing or thinking.

Example: Missy hates Josie. Josie has no idea why. She think that maybe she said or did something mean to Missy. The truth actually has nothing to do with anything Josie did to Missy. (I won't spoil it this time) Missy just has a personal family problem that Josie reminds her of. It is very ignorant of Missy to hate Josie for this, but it still shows how sometimes we never really know what people are thinking when they do certain things. This is a great book that is good for anyone (no matter what age) even though it may be short (212 pages).

EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!EXTREME SPOILER!!!

You've been warned about the spoiler. From the beginning, I could guess what Katy's note said. Well, half of it. I didn't know anything about the crush on Ms. Connors, but I could tell that the note said she was gay. Why else would a note be that important? I literally ran around my house jumping with joy because I finally found out I was right. All throughout the book, Wendy Mass puts you in anticipation to find out what the note says, but she never tells you what it says until the end when they are at the lake. This was a good book. Sorry if I spoiled it for you, but you were warned.
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A Kid's Review on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Leap Day was a creative book that I thought was really interesting because it let you see what the other people were thinking and that was what made Josie's (the main character) decisions really funny. I think that a lot of pre-teens and teens would like this book. I also reccomend Pretty Face and Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall. LEAP DAY IS DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING!!!!!!
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six years ago I read this book, and for the life of me I couldn't remember what it was called finally one day it popped up as a suggestion for what I might like to read in my email. I throughly enjoyed this book again, I liked the concept of the story that the girl is celebrating her leap year and the ups and downs of that.
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