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Leap day
Mass, Wendy, 1967-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown & Co., [2004]

Physical Description:
212 pages ; 22 cm
On her fourth Leap birthday, when she turns sixteen, Josie has a number of momentous experiences, including taking her driver's test, auditioning for a school play, and celebrating with her family and friends.
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 4.4 10.

Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 10.0 75347.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.9 15 Quiz: 36354 Guided reading level: NR.
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This fascinating, surprising new novel is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of every teenage girl, as it tells the story of soon-to-be-16 Josie Taylor, who was born on Leap Day. Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 4.9, 10 Points.

Author Notes

Wendy Mass was born in Livingston, New Jersey on January 17, 1967. She received a B. A. in English from Tufts University. She worked as a book editor at numerous publishing houses in New York City and Connecticut and co-created a teenage literary magazine called Writes of Passage. She has written several nonfiction books for teenagers including Stonehenge, Readings on Night, John Cabot: Early Explorer, and Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her fiction books include Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Finally, and The Candymakers. A Mango-Shaped Space won the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in 2004. She wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre," which aired during the show's second season.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12.osie Taylor is celebrating her fourth birthday by taking her drivers test! That's just one of the activities this leap-year baby has scheduled for her sixteenth birthday, along with play auditions, the annual sophomore scavenger hunt with her three best friends, and summer dreams of becoming Snow White at Disney World. Chapters reveal the thoughts and sometimes the futures of the people Wendy encounters during the 12 hours in which this story takes place, including the news that her out-of-work CPA father is covertly training for Disney guest relations and one of her friends has a secret. This is a fairly typical story, albeit one that is competently told; give it to readers looking for a follow-up to Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001). --Cindy Welch Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-9-Today is Josie's 16th birthday, but because it is February 29th, it's really only her 4th "official" birthday. She wears her "The Few, The Proud, The Leapers" T-shirt and checks in with many of her e-mail leapmates from around the country. Her family and friends make a big deal of her "last" teenage birthday. In the meantime, Josie has a lot on her mind, including the tryouts for Romeo and Juliet, her driver's test, and, of course, hunky Grant Brawner. Josie's first-person narration, laced with touches of humor, is reminiscent of Alice's in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's series (Atheneum), but Mass finds a special depth by augmenting Josie's chapters with third-person accounts of many of the same scenes in which readers learn what the teen's friends, family, and teachers are thinking and doing. Some of them are as superficial as Josie perceives, but most have complex stories and secrets far beyond what she could ever imagine. Mass also uses these chapters to comment on the characters' futures, such as the abusive and alcoholic father of a friend who readers are told will one day cause an accident, paralyze a motorcyclist, and never drink again. The style is unusual and interesting, but a little cluttered and slows down the plot. However, Josie remains spunky and good-hearted throughout the eventful day, and most of the other characters' situations are somewhat resolved. Despite the uneven tone, this is a good read.-Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.