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Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
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Mar 16, 2008

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bookshelves: 4-6grade, 6-8grade, realisticfiction

My rating hovers around 3 and 4 ... closer to 4 but not quite there... anyway, no wonder my 4th and 5th grade girls are eating this series up. Myracle has a real understanding of what a girl might worry about and how she might go about dealing with the problems, sometimes with success but more likely is left with even more questions and uncertainty. I admire this about the book - nothing really has a firm answer. However, my "issues" with the book comes when Myracle resolves some of the most complex issues with simplistic solutions: Lars coming around to Winnie just because Winnie confronts him once? Joseph, the boy with Leukemia, is conveniently responding to the treatment toward the end of this year when Winnie is at her lowest? Not that I wish for the boy to die or suffer more, and not that Lars wouldn't have come around... but these simplistic turns of events make the book not rise above the whole host of pre-teen chic lit. Too bad. And the editorial mistake of not catching that in the November/Bat Mitzvah chapter there are a bunch of switches of the name of the Bat Mitzvah girl: It's Becca, but at several places, Louise was identified as the one when sent out invitations and such. A tsk-tsk moment that made me decide to make a wiki on Editorial Mishaps.
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Chloe Bear I though Louise might have helped her with the invitations and giving them out.

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zoie boyer I have read this book it isn't all that bad

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