{11 Birthdays: Wendy Mass}11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Series: Willow Falls
Published by Scholastic Press on January 1, 2009
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Middle School, Mystery
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – 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’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 repeating itself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it? Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell. . .

{My thoughts} – Amanda and Leo were born on the same day. On that day in the hospital a woman approached their parents asking which babies were theirs and then going on about it being a special day. When their first birthday came around that same woman had manipulated things so that the two babies would have to have their first birthday parties together. Ever since that day they had combined birthday parties every year.

This year however, for their eleventh birthday they are having separate parties, because at their tenth birthday party Leo had said something they really hurt Amanda’s feelings. She ended up leaving the party early and they hadn’t talked for an entire year.

At eleven, I don’t think I could have ever stopped talking to my best friend for that long. However, these two seemed to have managed. Something goes terribly wrong that night though. They go to bed and wake up to their alarm clock the next morning. The problem with them waking up to their alarm the next morning is because it’s their birthday again. It would appear that they are doomed to repeat their eleventh birthday until they are able to figure out what is causing them to repeat the same day over and over again.

I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a kind of Groundhog’s Day kind of feel and it kept me thinking and wondering why the day was repeating over and over and if maybe I could figure out before the end of the book how to end it. I really like books like this and plan to continue reading through the series.

I think this book would make a great gift for any child on or around their eleventh birthday. It’s a fun read and its got a bit of mystery to go with it.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.