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11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
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Feb 26, 11

bookshelves: 4-gr3-5-upper-elem, a-fic, c-time-travel-alt-realities, c-school-setting, c-family-life
Read in February, 2011

I liked this book quite a bit, as did my eleven-year-old daughter. Amanda wakes up and it's her eleventh birthday. It should be a great day, but she's dreading it. Her first ten birthdays were celebrated with Leo, who was also her best friend, but during last year's party, she overheard him saying some hurtful things about her, and they haven't spoken since. This morning, her dad is sick, her mom has a big meeting at work, and she has to ride the bus. The day just goes downhill from there. After freezing with back-spring performance anxiety during the gymnastics team tryouts, she goes home to get ready for her birthday party that she's not too excited about. She's wondering how she ever thought a dress-up party would be a good idea, her dad won't be able to DJ too well since he's still sick, her Dorothy shoes are giving her blisters, and most of her friends want to ditch her party early to go to Leo's. She is so glad when the day is finally over.

When the alarm rings the next morning, and her parents and sister again act like it's her birthday, she thinks they are playing an elaborate joke on her, but it soon becomes clear that it IS her birthday -- again. It's fun to see how her different reactions in the exact same situations lead to results that are at times surprisingly similar to previous times. On the third repeat, she discovers that the day is looping for Leo also, and this cosmic phenomenon lead to their reconciliation and learning important life lessons that otherwise would have taking years.
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