- Series: The Winnie Years
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525422226
- ISBN-13: 978-0525422228
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 241 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years) Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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Grade 5–8—At the end of eighth grade, Winnie has a lot going on in her life. She is both excited and apprehensive about starting high school and she realizes how little time she and her sister have together before Sandra leaves for college. Her birthday is all but forgotten by everyone, including her parents, and to top it off, her boyfriend gives her a crummy present. When Lars announces he's going to Germany for the summer, Winnie and her two friends sign up for an eco-camp at a beach in South Carolina. There the girls discover that they have different talents and make some new friends, including some new boyfriends, and Winnie must deal with an unhappy Lars who didn't go to Germany after all. The characters have authentic voices, and the girls mature in each of the books in this series that began with Eleven (2004) and continued in Twelve (2007) and Thirteen (2008, all Dutton). The girls are now typical teens who are trying desperately to figure out who they really are and to be independent while still needing their parents. They are great friends, but also hurt one another without meaning to. They are, no surprise, completely preoccupied with boys. There are references to current fashions, technology, slang, etc., that will date the book, but it is a great choice for middle school girls.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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In the fourth installment of The Winnie Years series, the appealing title character addresses different tasks that she wants to complete before entering high school. These range from the silly (“Be Spazzy”) to the serious (“Figure Out Who I Am”). Winsome Winnie deals with her eldest sister's departure to college, navigates boyfriend woes, and attends a summer camp focused on saving sea turtles. A surprise appearance by an old friend and the start of ninth grade lets readers know there is more Winnie on the way. A solid addition to what has become a beloved series to tween girls. Grades 6-8. --Jennifer Hubert
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The book begins with Winnie turning fourteen, and she hopes her friends and boyfriend have some kind of trick up their sleeves. When they disappoint, Winnie doesn't know how to tell Lars what she really wanted. She decides to make a to-do list of things to do before high school.
Dinah gets suspended. She apparently let weird Mary put stolen makeup in her locker, but then she wouldn't take any of it back. Ty stole a penguin, so Sandra and Winnie take it back, when they run into a scary security guard. Winnie comes up with an entertaining story, and he lets them go.
Dinah's father is making her go to leadership camp. Winnie decides to go too, after finding out that Lars is going to Germany over the summer, making Cinnamon scowly.