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Wendy Mass is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, 13 GIFTS, THE LAST PRESENT, and the Twice Upon a Time series: RAPUNZEL, THE ONE WITH ALL THE HAIR; SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE ONE WHO TOOK THE REALLY LONG NAP; and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T RUN AWAY; as well as A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, LEAP DAY, EVERY SOUL A STAR, and THE CANDYMAKERS. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
Like a Groundhog Day for middle grade readers, Mass's (Every Soul a Star) winning story features a girl seemingly trapped in her 11th birthday. Amanda seems doomed to relive her failed try-out for the gymnastics team, her mother being fired from her job and, worst of all, the party that even her best friend leaves early-to go to the party hosted by her former friend, Leo. The two have celebrated every previous birthday together (they were born on the same day), but a misunderstanding on their 10th has gone unresolved. After several repeats of the day, Amanda and Leo realize they are in this mess together and must work as a team. Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insights she gains will resonate with them. 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. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.