Monday, August 12, 2019

How Long Can Amanda and Leo's 11 Birthday Last?

Amanda and Leo were born on the same day. They were actually born at the very same hospital! After they shared an accidental first birthday party, the two celebrated all of their birthdays with each other until and became best friends. Amanda and Leo did everything together until their tenth birthday. Their party came with some drama, and Amanda vowed she was never speaking to Leo again after the way he embarrassed her. She hasn’t spoken to him for a whole year, and now that their birthday is here, she can’t help wonder who will show up at her party, and who will be at Leo’s. From the start, her 11th birthday is a bit of a disaster—she has a pop quiz she wasn’t prepared for, her gymnastics try out is terrible, and then her party is even worse. She doesn’t like the “costume” theme her mom planned, especially because her outfit is uncomfortable and her shoes pinch her feet giving her blisters. Plus, almost everyone is at Leo’s amazing party. Amanda can’t wait to go to bed and have her birthday be over and done. Only when she wakes up it’s her 11th birthday again. And each day it keeps happening- no matter what she does to change things. It isn’t long before Amanda and Leo realize they are the only ones reliving this day with “memories of what happened before”. Now they have to figure out how to get to Saturday, the day after their birthday. Can they figure out what to do? Is there any way to get things back on track? What would make for the best 11th birthday? You’ll have to read this realistic fantasy fiction book to find out.

I have read other books by Wendy Mass, but 11 Birthdays is my favorite book by her so far. Amanda and Leo seem like very realistic kids, and I enjoyed seeing the different ways their birthday played out. It gave me a lot to think about. What would I do if I could relive the same day over and over again? Would I do anything wild to see what would happen? Or would I try to do everything okay and by the rules so I would be able to deal with things the next day if it ever came? I like the stories of friendship and the different turns of events because it showed how all of our actions ripple out— even in ways we do not see. Change one thing about your day and there will be surprise impacts from that act all day (especially if you know how the day went originally). I would recommend this book to anyone in fourth grade and up who enjoy books about friendship and a little bit of magic. I noticed this is the first book in the Willow Falls series. I look forward to checking out the rest.

Has anyone else read 11 Birthdays? Or have you read another book by Wendy Mass? Would you like to relive a day over and over again? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading. 😀
~L

16 comments:

  1. Like the Ground Hog Day movie with Bill Murray. This sounds adorable! I'll have to look for it!

    betty

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful story, I would like to read the story myself. Hugs, Valerie

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  3. I haven't read anything by Wendy but what a great premise.

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  4. I would hate to live and relive any one day.
    Wonderful premise for a book. Lots to consider and explore.

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  5. It does sound a great story :)

    All the best Jan

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  6. Sure sounds like a winner. The groundhog day type ones are usually fun.

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  7. love this, sounds wonderful and fun!!hugs!

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  8. Hi DMS - this sounds a delightful book - albeit a bit worrying if one was caught up in the situation. I must see if it's in the library ... but thanks for letting us know about Amanda and Leo - cheers Hilary

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  9. I don't know how I missed this one. It sounds super fun. I will be looking for it. Thanks for the heads up.

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  10. What an interesting story. I'm curious as to how it turns out. New one for me. Thanks.

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  11. Sounds like a fun read! I might have to see if I can find this one.

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  12. Thanks for introducing me to this book, sounds a fun one!

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