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11 Birthdays
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It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited---after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating iself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it? Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell. . .
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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.

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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.

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