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Title:
Eleven
Author:
Myracle, Lauren, 1969-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
201 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
The year between turning eleven and turning twelve bring many changes for Winnie and her friends.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 6.0 77176.
ISBN:
9780525471653
Format :
Book

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Summary

Starting with her birthday in March, every chapter brings a new month and a new event in Winnie's life. From surviving her teenage sister's grumpy mood swings in April to dealing with prissy new rival Gail Grayson in September, there's a calendar full of ups and downs of being eleven years old. Especially hard for Winnie is the growing distance between herself and her best friend, Amanda, as both girls grow into different social circles. The big and little moments of Winnie's year are captured with honesty and warmth, and her sharp observations and infectious enthusiasm make for hilarious storytelling. Eleven-year-olds of all ages will discover themselves in this winning young heroine on the brink of adolescence.


Author Notes

Lauren Myracle is an American author of YA fiction. She was born on May 15, 1969, in Brevard, North Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her BA in English and Psychology. After graduation, she taught middle-school in Georgia and participated in an exchange and teaching program (JET) in Japan. She would go on to earn an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.

Since her first novel, Kissing Kate, was published in 2003, Myracle has written numerous books and series including: the Internet Girls series, The Winnie Years, Flower Power, the Life of Ty and the Wishing Series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. This light novel, which opens with an eleventh birthday and ends with a twelfth, recounts narrator Winnie's year as she reluctantly grows apart from her best friend, Amanda, and grows closer to Dinah, a girl she previously pitied. Her disappointment when Amanda becomes occupied with fashion and boys and finds a new best friend is deftly portrayed, as is Winnie's increasing respect for the awkward but kind Dinah. The stilted structure of covering one month per chapter, each with a main episode, creates a choppy pace that detracts from the effectiveness of an otherwise enjoyable read, but all three girls, and Winnie's sulky older sister, come across as fully rounded characters that interact in believable ways. --Kathleen Odean Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Offering a month-by-month account of Winnie's 11th year, this lighthearted and well-observed novel is sure to strike a familiar chord with girls on the brink of adolescence," wrote PW. Ages 8-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Winnie discovers that a lot can change in a year. This enjoyable novel (Dutton, 2004) by Lauren Myracle chronicles a year in Winnie's life, from her 11th through her 12th birthday. The girl struggles with the trials and tribulations of having an older sister, and must deal with a snobby new girl at school and the growing distance between her and best-friend Amanda who, unlike Winnie, becomes preoccupied with boys and fashion. Winnie learns a bit about herself and along the way discovers a new and unexpected friend in shy and awkward Dinah Devine. Jen Taylor's narration brings Winnie to life with a bright and happy-go-lucky voice, appropriate for her personality.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.