Eleven (Winnie Years Series)
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Eleven (The Winnie Years #2)

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Winnie knows that change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when it means her best friend, Amanda, might be dropping her for someone else. Throw in a grumpy teenage sister, a cat who gets trapped in the wall, and a crush who has pinkeye, and you’ve got one big mess—one that Winnie’s not going to clean up! Winnie’s decided that she’s going to remain exactly the sa...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 9th 2004)
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Kallie Polk
Book 1:This book is about an 11 year old girl named Winnie who is not like other girls. She doesnt care about the way she looks or how she acts unlike most girls do. When summer comes and sixth grade is inching closer Winnie finds that her relationship with her best friend,Amanda, is gradually fading. Amanda is now getting caught up in boys and fashion. When Winnie and Amanda go to the beach together in the summer,Amanda is wearing a colorful bikini while Winnie finds herself wearing a tattered...more
This book is the voice of any tween girl. Winnie is like any other girl - she's growing up, she has family, friends, enemies, and crushes. Most importantly, she has Amanda, her BFF who is pretty, sweet, and popular. As sixth grade approaches, she finds Amanda being taken away by a rich and snooty girl, Gail. While trying to cope over the loose of Amanda, she befriend DInah, and clumsy, not so popular girl who is looking for a friend. You'll watch over the months as Winnie grows and changes as a...more
I apsoloutley luv this series
The Rusty Key
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Becca Worthington

Recommended for: Girls age 10 and up.

One Word Summary: Charming

This is an entirely wholesome and heartfelt book that perfectly captures the joy, awkwardness, delight and heartbreak (and for adult readers, the nostalgia) of fifth grade. Lauren Myracle has a powerful way of fully immersing herself in Winnie’s world. As the primary theme, the pain and loss of growing apart from your best friend is fully and honestly explored, and the book is a remark...more
Michelle Arrow
I knew it that this will be a perfect tween book for me since when I read this book, I was 9, a tween. I absolutely loved it! I love how it expresses that in the next few coming years when you're a tween/teen, there will be some rough times, with your friends or boys, but you need to live your life and leave those bad times behind and live the present, not the past. Myracle takes the perfect role of an eleven year old girl, who is just the perfect touch to make the book great.
Zharit B.
By Lauren Myracle
Zharit Brand
This is a book that may talk to some girls. To give them advice on how to grow up and how sometimes it will be hard to. It is about typical 5th grader problems that a girl Called Winnie goes through, like losing your best friend, and being bullied. My critique of this book would be good one because It has a lot that you can expect when about to turn eleven. The connection that I could do to this book would be Text-to-self connection because I have been thro...more
Savannah Sams
this whole series is good. the author does a really good job making the story realistic to an eleven year olds life
Oct 16, 2008 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls around the age of 11
Recommended to Allison by: my older sister
I really liked this book so i read the sequel, Tweleve and I hope to read he one after that, Thirteen soon!
Judi Paradis
Winnie is at that age when kids start to find that some of their friends are going over to the teen world and they are not quite ready to follow. Winnie is a great kid, and she likes kid stuff--playing jump rope and dress up, acting goofy, and putting on shows. Amanda, her best friend forever, is starting to act a bit embarrassed by all this, is talking a lot about boys, and wants to wear makeup. Things get even worse when Gail, a "mean girl" from Chicago moves to town and forces Amanda to choos...more
I've read better
Lydia LaPutka
I am a huge fan of reading junior fiction, especially if it has elicited any type of controversy. I am a teacher, and I was having a discussion with our elementary school librarian about a local Utah school that got in trouble for pulling a Patricia Polocco picture book off their shelves. That led to a conversation on book bans and other controversial book. She expressed surprise about the content (appropriateness?) of this book series, so, of COURSE I had to check it out!

This first book was ve...more
Sarah Michele
Jul 30, 2012 Sarah Michele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year old girls (and their parents)
Shelves: trex-s-favorites
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May 21, 2011 Olgaod96 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can read and are over the age of 9 and people older than age 11
Recommended to Olgaod96 by: My sister
Shelves: 3rd-tri-books
Eleven is about a girl named Winnie Perry. In the beginning of the book, Winnie's 11th Birthday party sort of gets messed up because of Louise and Karen, best friends. It all has to do with the electric chair in Winnie's house. Amanda, Winnie's best friend, joins everyone else at the electric chair too. After that, Winnie and Amanda are back to normal. Later, things start to change dramatically for Winnie, whether she wants it to or not. She loses her BFF to a new girl named Gail Grayson, who mo...more
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Eleven tells the story of Winnie, from the time she turns 11 in the March of fifth grade to the time she turns 12 in the March of sixth grade. My kids had mixed views of the book so I was curious about whether I would like it or not.

The book is incredibly easy to read, with the story moving right along, one chapter for each month. It is not at all disjointed or choppy despite obviously only covering a handful of events from the year. The author does an excellent job of pulling it all together in...more
Jestin (inbeTWEEN Books Blog)
The book "Eleven" was a fantastic book! I liked it so much I zoned out at school when friends were trying to talk to me! In this book Winnie is a nice person and tries to be nice to everybody. She sticks up for her friends when she can see they're being left out. Dinah, Winnie's friend is very shy and nice. Her other friend Amanda is energetic but leaves Winnie for the popular girls!
I enjoyed this book because well I'm eleven too! But of course not only for that reason. I like it because it sta...more
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...more
Myracle does an amazing job of capturing what it is like to be eleven in this novel, told from the perspective of 11-year-old Winnie. She goes through the emotional roller coasters of losing a best friend, bullying, standing up for outcasts, building new friendships, developing crushes on boys, navigating a relationship with her teenage sister, and more. The awkwardness and discomfort is often palpable, while the language and pop culture seems right out of a 5th grade classroom (though this book...more
Amro Halwah
Eleven by Lauren Myracle is a non-fiction and part of a series of 3 book. It is about an 11 year old girl called Winnie who is not like other girls. She doesn’t care about girls or fashion like other girls do. When summer comes and sixth grade is close Winnie finds that her relationship with her best friend, Amanda, is fading. When the school year starts Amanda gets a new best friend, Gail, and Gail doesn’t like Winnie. So, therefore Amanda and Gail aren’t as close as before. During the school y...more
Dec 16, 2012 Marla rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mother-daughter book club fans
Really cute story about a year in the life of an eleven year old girl and the trials and tribulations of (a few months of 5th and) 6th grade.

* Winnie's birthday is in March like mine
* Had some unusual and old fashioned names in the book
* Middle school girl problems and incidents were very realistic (view spoiler)...more
Lauren Myracle has a remarkable ear for the dialogue of pre-teen and teen girls. In Eleven, she looks at one year in the life of Winnie, who turns eleven on the first page. Myracle then leads us through a year of her mainharacter's life.

Winnie's world is full of best friends and shared stories, but she notices that the girls around are starting to change. A new girl in class, Gail, has decided that she wants Winnie's best friend, Amanda, as her own. Add to that an older sister who has her first...more
I first got "Eleven" on my 11th birthday, it as I continued reading the series each year, it has all but mirrored my own life- I think that's why I loved it so much. Perfectly paced, funny, and insightful, the Winnie Years series is a must read for every girl ages 11-13. The book explains everything without seeming repetitive, so much in fact, that I didn't even realize that there is another book before this, called "Ten". (Which I plan on reading ASAP!)

In Eleven, Winnie and her best friend, Ama...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I never wanted to read this book, but after a student who hates reading started to enjoy it and then finished it, she left me borrow her copy. And I finished it in just a few hours.

This book reminded me a lot of Judy Blume, an author I grew up with. The story was hilarious and so true. Though I'm far from eleven, I remember quite a bit of what happened to me during that age and so much of it was in this book. I remember the awkward stage of being friends with some people and then watching them...more
I really enjoyed this book back when I was ten or eleven; I loved the way Myracle wrote and the escapades Winnie got up to as well as her problems and the way she dealt with them.
I don't think I would enjoy the book as much or think it was as great if I were to read it now, but I have fond memories of how much I liked the storyline and writing style back when I was eleven.
Winnie is a great character for tween girls. She is made up of all the traits that I want my girls to possess and uses them realistically. In other words, she not a perfect kid, just a real kid. She faces the kind of drama that an eleven year old should face, not the kind you face when you're trying to grow up too quickly. So far I'm impressed with Ms. Myracle's book series and hope the next few don't disappoint.
This is the first Lauren Myracle book that I read that made me believe not all chick lit protagonists suck. I loved how the author portrayed Winnie as a level-headed girl. She was only eleven and accordingly innocent, but she was also sharp and smarter than the average eleven-year-old. I felt sorry when her friendship with Amanda fell apart, but I also knew that Amanda was on a different wavelength and there was no way they could stay together forever.

With such high expectations of Winnie from t...more
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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...more
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“Amanda bit her lip. "You're not... trying to be funny or something, are you?"
"I'm not rying to be anything!" I said.
"All right, kids," the photographer called. "On the count of three. One, two-" She broke off, straightening up from the camera with a frown. "Excuse me. You in the turquoise? I need you to face forward."
I rotated my body as best I could.
"All the way, please."
I turned so that my shoulders werre even with everybody else's, only now my head faced Gail instead of the lens.
Gail pressed her lips together. "Stop it!" she said.
"Winnie?" Mr. Hutchinson said. He walked to the end of our row. "What's going on?"
"I can't," I whispered.
"Can't what?"
"Can't move my neck, it's stuck." Tears burned in my eyes, and I blinked hard to keep them back.
"Mr. Hutchinson, she's faking," Gail said. "She's trying to be funny and she's ruining everything.”
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