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Twelve (The Winnie Years #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  5,340 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
Eleven was big. Winnie got a new best friend, and a new worst friend. But twelve is going to be huge. Last year everyone else changed, but now it’s Winnie’s turn to “develop.” Ack! Twelve is going to be a big year for Winnie, she just knows it. After all, she’s one step closer to being a teenager, but there’s just so much to deal with: pierced ears, sleepaway camp, junior ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published March 1st 2007)
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Kallie Polk
Feb 02, 2009 Kallie Polk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two: Winnie Perry just turned twelve! Now that that she is one step closer to being a teenager big changes are in the future. Winnie has to deal with getting her ears pierced,sleepaway camp,junior high,and a new boy that she calls Lars. When Lars and Winnie start dating everything changes,her life,her clothes,and personnal style.Instead of wearing baggy Mcdonalds t-shirts, she is wearing tight fitted normal 7th grade girl clothes.The worst change of all is that she develops, meaning bra sho ...more
Shannon Alexander
I think Lauren Myracle has stolen my diary. In this book, Winnie must brave the embarrassing world of becoming a woman. Ugh. The humor and spot on emotions of this book resonated with me, but more importantly, made my daughter comfortable enough to talk with me about the enormous subject matter of growing up as a girl. We both agree it kind of stinks. In all sincerity, thank you Ms. Myracle for making an icky subject something my daughter and I can share a laugh about. Knowing girls like Winnie ...more
Adrianna Costello
Mar 04, 2008 Adrianna Costello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: open-minded girls and their moms
Recommended to Adrianna by: Teresa
Shelves: childrensfiction
Along the lines of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," by Judy Blume, "Twelve" is for today's pre-teens/tweens. Some words and phrases that may be objectionable to a certain segment of our patrons: hard-on, v-word, vagina, boobs, boobful, boobed, "with boob," etc.

I thought it was a fun read, using real kid language in the dialog and capturing that whole adolescent angst-y feeling fabulously.
Feb 09, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-reads, series
Title(s): Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen
Rating: A+

Review: I decided to review all of these books together because, well, I read them all together. I read the first one on a whim, a decision to develop myself "professionally" (because I dream that, when I'm finished with my MLS program, that I'll be a kick-butt YA and children's services librarian in a public library who will help reluctant readers find the book that will help them turn the corner and develop a lifelong love of reading). I read plen
Nov 24, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for my niece, who's almost 13, but thought I should read it before I gave it to her to make sure that there's nothing she shouldn't read. So far it's just normal 12 year old drama, like buying your first bra. :-)

There was one page that was questionable so I called my SIL and talked to her. Other than that, it was a really cute book about the trials and tribulations of being a girl who's hitting puberty. If I was 12 I'd have liked it a lot more, but even at 29 it was cute and
Chloe Resendez
Jan 25, 2016 Chloe Resendez rated it it was amazing
This book was a very good one to read. First off, I would like to give my recommendations to this book. I would highly recommend this book to young adult women, and even though the front cover looks like for little kids, don't judge a book by its cover! I think the strength in this book is the drama the author put in. Lauren Myracle made me had a feeling of excitement of what is going to happen next. In the story, I could relate to the character Winnie. I was surprised at how her personalities w ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Carmine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5-8th grade girls
I can see this one disturbing some patrons. Adolescence is messy. It has the most graphic description of tampon application I have ever read (and boy I could have really used reading it in 7th grade when one of my friends had a birthday party at Wild Waves. Why me! I still feel the embarrassment.) Overall, 'Twelve' read pretty pitch-perfect to me- the reluctance to admit that maybe your mom is right and you do need a bra, the borderline paranoia that people might notice you in a swimsuit, the sh ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter is reading this series and I thought I would read it along with her. There is a good discussion in the book of a girl getting her period for the first time, and the reaction of friends to who has and who has not started. This sparked a good discussion with my daughter, which was nice.

I liked that the physical changes the girls are going through are approached openly. Not quite like a Judy Blume book where the changes are front and center, but well done nonetheless. Sandra, the older
Oct 02, 2008 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, and very true! Love it!
Dec 28, 2010 Moriah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it got into details really fast, so i never got bored. Twelve is about a girl named Winnie who she starts going through some changes, but all Winnie wants to do is stay a kid. Winnie also starts to loose here best friend Amanda when a new girl comes to school named Gail. So Winnie decides to be friends with another girl Dina. I also liked this book because Winnie decribes her years and what she goes though, in the summer and school year. The author probably wrote this b ...more
Elizabeth Long
Apr 12, 2015 Elizabeth Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun
I really enjoyed this book. I am 12 so it taught me a lot of things I didn't know. This book was also amusing in some places. I think Winnies life is similar to mine in some ways. I couldn't put this book down when I picked it up to read it it was that good. I think Lauren Myracle did a wonderful job writing this book and previous books.
Hysterical. Sweet. Darling. Adorable. Heartbreaking. I love this book so much. I want every twelve-year-old girl who resembles Winnie to read spot-on and exactly how it feels to be this age as a white, middle-class tween. Winnie is truly human and every bit of twelve. I love this series. I wish I could say that everyone would embrace it, but they won't. I'm not sure I can have it on my shelves...Some sixth grade parents may not be ready to address some of the topics that come up. Even th ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-chapter
reads very much like a modern day judy blume novel - and the author cites JB as an influence.

not my favorite genre - but I can see this as serving a useful purpose for some girls. in a perfect world parents lovingly and perfectly instruct and guide their children through coming-of-age milestones, but sometimes it can be nice (as a kid) to read about these experiences, written with a touch of humor, privately as well. it could effectively be used as a tool for discussion with your child (if all p
May 10, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series, which is funny because I'm not really a fan of Myracle's other stuff.

I love the voice in the Winnie books - she's one of the few authors who can actually drag me back to that age when reading. She nails a lot of hard to nail feelings and situations.

I read Eleven and liked it, and when a patron complained about content in "Twelve" I read it so that I could discuss it with her. It's true that (SPOILERS) Myracle writes about tampons, periods, and erections. But she does s
Corynne G
Nov 04, 2014 Corynne G rated it it was ok
In the book twelve it was about a girl Winnie, starting the seventh grade and her birthday is coming up and she wants it to be the best one ever. She goes through lots of changes with school, boys and much more.
I am giving this book 2 stars because it was a pretty short book and it wasn't my style. i would not recommend this book to anyone.l
This installment of The Winnie Years follows our character through - surprise, surprise - her twelfth year and the beginning of junior high at a new school. Winnie continues to be a solid character, learning who she is and determining what she believes as she navigates friendships, crushes, family, and body changes that happen at this age. While I love Ms. Myracle's Winnie books I have a problem with the idea of my 11-year-old daughter reading this book, or any other that deals with some of this ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book about growing up. This is the first Lauren Myracle book I've read and I hope to read more. Winnie is a very lovable character and her friends and very easy to like. I recommend this to anyone who is scared to get older and what happens to the body. This was a very well written book. I hope to read the rest of the Winnie Perry serie books.
Rating: 7/10
Parental Rating: 12+ (Mind that it does talk about what is going on during puberty to a girls body and in some spots; a boys)
Kris Patrick
Apr 21, 2014 Kris Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like having a fourth grader wag a book in your face and tell you it's inappropriate. I am investigating. So far I LOVE love love Winnie!!!!
Ok, finished! Decided that my grade-school self would have lost her mind over Winnie. I would have begged my mom for more Winnie at Walden bookstore or the Castleton Borders and would have been so pleased with myself for reading a book that talks about bras and tampons.

Some 4th grade girls (different ones than the one who accused me of housing an i
Emily Partridge
Aug 16, 2016 Emily Partridge is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is good for girls who coming into that age were they have to learn what might happen. It is always good to listen to other people's story's. Winnie is twelve now and she is expirienceing what is called puberty. Although the she is way against the fact that now she has to wear a bra. So she went bra shopping with her mom and runs to the popularly girl at her school.

Winnie is freaking out because she down' twang her to know that she is bra shopping with her mom. Winnie tryes t
Jan 28, 2016 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zharit B.
Apr 21, 2014 Zharit B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zharit Brand
This is the third book of the Winnie series. This book would go to the girls that are growing up. Winnie is the girl to go to for new phases in life like new crushes and new womanly things. She just entered Junior high which is seventh grade for her. My critique of this book would be a good one because if you read this book you kind of get a feeling or peak of what is coming for your twelfth birthday. I would do a world-to-text connection, because in this bo
Brianna Lewis
I really liked the book "Twelve". It is a book about a girl named Winnie who looses her best friend to another girl. Winnie also goes through a lot of changes when she turned twelve. This book takes place at Winnie's house and at her school.

I liked this book because it was really well written. It was well written because it had a lot of details. I also liked this book because it is about a girl and her friendship and how her body changes. This book was so good that I could not stop reading. I c
Jun 15, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book about a girl named winnie who just turned twelve. When a girl named Gail comes to her school she starts to lose her best friend Amanda. So winnie goes on and makes a new friend named Dina. Winnie also struggles with changes she is going through.
Mar 07, 2013 Natoz!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good,funny book. Winnie is turning 12 and has to go through lots if changes. I recommend this book to 5 and 6th grade girls! It's a realistic fiction book and it a pretty easy read!
Dec 13, 2008 Lexy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is all about a girl turning twelve and all the things she gets. Now she gets new friends, a new school, and a new life.
Julia, a dog lover
This was a very good book. I think Winnie does not appreciate Diana until the end and I liked how she finally did :)
Banana Alexa Banana
Apr 27, 2008 Banana Alexa Banana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone turning 12
I LOVE this book so far but it scares to grow up AAAAHHHH!!!!!!!
Sep 29, 2012 Evy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book a nd how a life of 12 year old girl is.
Oct 22, 2010 Brittney rated it it was amazing
A lot of things happen to Winnie as she is tweleve...
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books
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Other Books in the Series

The Winnie Years (5 books)
  • Ten (The Winnie Years, #1)
  • Eleven (The Winnie Years, #2)
  • Thirteen (The Winnie Years, #4)
  • Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, #5)

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