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Thirteen (The Winnie Years) Paperback – April 2, 2009
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Grade 5–8—On Winnie Perry's 13th birthday, she and her two best friends celebrate with makeovers at a swanky cosmetic counter. Over the course of the book, they stick up for and stand up to one another. Boys are also big on the social radar. The most touching scenes involve Winnie's family. Her sister is about to leave for college, and her six-year-old brother is baffled by the world, and watching a friend battle leukemia. Their mom is pregnant and overwhelmed, and her dad is calmly trying to keep everyone smiling, with tender and hilarious results. Each chapter is dedicated to one month of Winnie's 13th year, and the focus is on navigating tricky relationships. Winnie narrates in a convincing 13-year-old voice, and the characterizations of her friends are equally well done. This heartfelt and entertaining book follows Eleven (2004) and Twelve (2007, both Dutton), but it can be enjoyed on its own.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
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Winnie, the endearing heroine of Eleven (2004) and Twelve (2007), has finally turned magic number thirteen. As in the previous titles, each chapter in this latest installment represents one month of Winnie’s life between birthdays. This year, she experiences her first kiss, grows her hair for charity, and learns to stand up for herself when her boyfriend, Lars, pays too much attention to sophisticated “Nose-Ring Girl.” The year ends happily with a heartfelt apology from Lars and the birth of her little sister, Magnolia. Fans of Judy Blume’s and Paula Danziger’s characters will find Winnie’s growing self-awareness and adolescent insecurity comfortingly familiar. Myracle’s secondary characters are exceptionally well drawn, especially Winnie’s siblings and her beleaguered mom, who hasn’t “had a moment to herself in centuries and . . . no longer owns a pair of underwear where the elastic hasn’t popped out of the leg.” This satisfying third chapter in Winnie’s adolescent journey is an essential purchase for any library serving middle-school girls. Grades 6-9. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
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.