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11 Birthdays

(Willow Falls #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  31,341 ratings  ·  2,613 reviews
GROUNDHOG DAY meets FLIPPED in this tale of a girl stuck in her birthday.

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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

On the day that Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick were born, a mysterious woman with a birthmark shaped like a duck told their parents that the two newborns would grow up to be the best of friends, and that they should always celebrate their birthdays together.

Through a fluke, one year later, both sets of parents booked the same location for their child's first birthday, and Amanda and Leo took to each other so much that celebrating their birthd
Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-donated
I decided to read this book with the awesome cover on it because it reminded me of my favourite childhood series, and that which inspired my love of reading, Kristy's Great Idea. The Scholastic vibe drew me in, and I thought it would be a nice change. The book wasn't even on my GR shelves but somehow found it on my physical shelf.

It disappointed me. A Freaky Friday premise that was a little flat for me. Best friends end up being stuck on the same day, and funnily enough, one of the kids had a '
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
This was fun to read! There were so many issues that I didn’t notice when I first read this but that’s alright

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Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book for tweens. It encourages them to be true to themselves and to make choices based on their interests and talents not on what will make them popular. My daughter loved it. I think boys will be put off by the cover. However, there is a boy character that I think many of them could relate to.
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
"Then put your little hand in mine. There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb..."

I remember watching Groundhog Day over and over again when I was younger. That scene when the alarm clock would chime Sunny and Cher at 6:00 on the dot always cracked me up. The possibilities of reliving the same day without any repercussions was such an amazing concept.

That is a major segment of 11 Birthdays's premise. Amanda and her best friend Leo, live in a charming, magical town called Willow Falls. O
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger
I would have liked a little more excitement and more dramatic "mystery" behind the Groundhog's Day Effect, but this was a pleasant and harmless book with good messages about how to be a friend. ...more
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, fantasy, 2009
3 1/2 stars. Genres are intertwined here--realistic fiction with a twist of fantasy. Leo and Amanda, born on the same day, have celebrated every birthday together until this year—their 11th. The two had a falling out during their 10th birthday celebration and they have not spoken for a year. Separate birthday parties are planned for the first time in their lives, but then weird things start to happen. Amanda and Leo get stuck in time and their 11th birthday keeps repeating until…

A quick read tha
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 08-12yrs

Wendy Mass writes highly enjoyable realistic fiction with a fantasy twist. The characters are well developed and the 11-year-old friendships and dramas are true to life.

There’s a great message about the need to resolve disagreements and heal grudges—even among 11-year-olds—before you can move on. The story has the poignancy of that 90s movie ‘Groundhog Day’, for a much younger audience.

For girls who need a friendship story this is a fun, easy read.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars, which is a lot for me. i tend to rate low. It's about a girl who was born on the same day as this boy, and they have always celebrated their birthdays together for years. This year (turning 11) they have a fight and don't. The day after their birthday, it is their birthday again. and again. and again. Sounds kind of weird, but i really liked it!!! ...more
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Kadi P
A fun and unique book rooted in the power of friendship.

I absolutely loved the time loop aspect of this book. It was such an enjoyable concept and it never got dull or predictable despite the fact that the same things kept happening just slightly differently.

The friendship really shined thanks to the great dynamics between the protagonist Amanda and the main character Leo. Throughout the book I couldn’t figure out if their friendship was perhaps more than friendship. Considering they were only 1
Maddie D
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I am currently reading 11 birthdays by Wendy Mass. This book is about a girl named Amanda and a boy named Leo. They always have their birthdays together. But from what happened at Amanda's and Leo's 10th birthday, they're definitely not having their 11th birthday together. While Amanda is trying to plan her party she is also trying to get her back handspring down to make gymnastics tryouts. But her best friend Stephanie is putting way to much pressure on her to make the gymnastics team. B
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🎀 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙤/𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙞 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙞 𝙖𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬
why the frick frack why i obsessed with these books when i was young? they were so preppy ugh
it's so... millennial...5 minute crafts...facebook wedding invitation...
Hannah Smith
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
11 Birthdays is the best book ever. It is about two very close best friends since birth (literally). They also had the same birthdays and are the same ages. Their names are Amanda and Leo. They've always had a birthday party together until Amanda overhears Leo talking about her during their 10th birthday. Amanda promised herself never to have a party with him again. But this time Leo is having a great party. He has football star, a hypnotist, a giant iguana and a rock band! Amanda only has 15 pe ...more
Charley Cook
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Very cute middle grade book!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this in 4th grade, and I remember being pretty damn proud of myself for reading a more, "Big kid" book. Yeah, I wasn't much of a reader till a few years ago:) ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Leo and Amanda have been sharing their birthdays since the first one. After a fight during their 10th birthday they don't speak for a year and end up having seperate birthdays for their eleventh. But, when they wake up the moring after the parties they realize it's their birthday again!! They have to relive the day over and over again until they get it right and become friends again. Kind of like Groundhog Day.

I thought this one was really good and well written. It's a great story of friendship
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
I loved it! At first it seemed really boring but after a few chapters it got to where i couldn't put the book down it was so interesting. Its about these two kids that have the same birthday. They had always had their birthday parties together. But then the boy says something really mean on their 10th birthday that the girl overheard. So they didn't talk to each other for a whole year. Then when its their 11th birthday the day keeps repeating over and over again. But only they notice it. IT IS T ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass is a solid tween read. It feels very authentic and I particularly appreciated the pop culture references. I loved the inclusion of the Groundhog Day elements, but I also appreciated that it works as a good contemporary as well. I wish I could have had the opportunity to read this when I actually was the age of the main character or even just a little younger.
Annah Stevenson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2020
It was fun and then it got repetitive and then it got boring.
Sep 27, 2021 added it
Please tell me u guys know what this is. This book was my favourite in primary school.
It holds up surprisingly well from a narrative based perspective and I enjoyed rereading it despite its intention for a younger audience. Amanda and Leo are friendship goals and I so wanted to have a magical repeating birthday like they did.
Jan 06, 2022 added it
saw this in the bookstore the other day and was reminded of the fact that this is quite literally the only middle school series that exists!
Lexi Z
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading the book 11 BIRTHDAYS by Wendy Mass. It's about a girl named Amanda who is having a lot of problems with friendships. Her best friend became her ex-best friend and her new best friend is drifting off to be friends with mean, old Ruby. I've known people like Ruby and they can be pretty viscous but if you get to know them, they might actually be pretty nice. Maybe they're just looking for a friend and the only way they can get one is by stealing it. But if you give them a fr ...more
Kayla Remter
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Isabella Schmitz
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
11 Birthdays by: Wendy Mass is a fun, creative, full of friendship, mysterious and downright exciting book.

Amanda is an average girl living in an average town (Willow Falls) with an average best friend, well USED to be best friend. Amanda and Leo have the same birthday and ever since they were one they have shared it together and have been best friends. However on their 10th birthday Leo learns that their are words that you can never take back. It is the night of their 11th birthday and the nigh
Maddie Turner
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
11 Birthdays was a complicated but, good story. Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fizpatrick were born on the same day. Their parents met on the kids 1st birthday and for nine more years had their parties combined. On Amanda and Leo's 10th birthday party Leo said mean stuff about Amanda, she overheard him saying the mean things. She didn’t talk to him for a year.
They had their first party by themselves on their 11th birthdays. Amanda’s theme of her party was Hollywood, it turned out to be a terrible party
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, read-books
Star Rating:

3.75 stars


"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 repeati
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amanda and Leo, born on the same day, have celebrated their birthdays together for 10 years. Still feeling hurt from an unkind remark Leo made at last year’s party, Amanda spends her eleventh birthday without her now-estranged friend to share the fun. In the days that follow, both Amanda and Leo discover that they are caught in a time loop, waking up each morning to find themselves repeating their eleventh birthdays. They soon renew their friendship and begin to experiment by making different ch ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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