Kid Konnection: 11 Birthdays
Amanda and Leo were born on the same day in the same hospital. They become fast friends and even celebrate their birthdays together every year. As their tenth birthday party is about to start, Amanda overhears Leo telling some of the guys that he doesn’t like having his party with her, but his mom makes him, and besides that, she doesn’t have many friends. Devastated, Amanda leaves the party and doesn’t speak to Leo again.
Since they’re not friends anymore, Amanda and Leo are having separate parties for their eleventh birthday. Amanda’s day doesn’t go all that well and she finds herself thinking about Leo, but she manages to get through the day and the party and is thankful when it’s all over. Only, it’s not – she wakes up the next day to find it’s her birthday all over again. At first, she thinks she’s the only one who notices, but she discovers that Leo knows it’s happening too.
Amanda and Leo must team up to discover what’s caused this time glitch and to figure out how to stop it.
11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass is a delightful middle grade book! It’s told from Amanda’s point of view and I have to say that I think the author does an excellent job of capturing the pre-teen girl’s voice. I felt so much for Amanda – she’s trying to navigate middle school, a hormonal older sister, and busy parents and then her life starts to rewind itself every day for some unknown reason.
At first, it seems like it might be fun to live your birthday over and over again, but after reading what Amanda and Leo went through, you’ll re-think that. Sure, you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this book, but it’s so worth it. This book is loads of fun and made me laugh and smile. The middle grade girls in your life won’t want to miss this book!