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Finallyby Wendy Mass
Synopses & Reviews
This sweet, funny novel follows fifth-grader Genie Kunkle through a tumultuous year. From the first day of school, Genie knows there will be good, bad, and in-between. The good? Sheand#8217;s in homeroom with her best friend, Sarah. The bad? Sarahand#8217;s friend from camp, Blair, is a new student at their school, and is itching to take Genieand#8217;s place as Sarahand#8217;s BFF. The in-between? Genie is excited to be elected to write her classand#8217;s blog, where sheand#8217;s tasked with tracking the wishes and dreams of her class. But expressing her opinion in public can be scaryand#151;especially when her opinion might make the rest of her class upset.
Elisabeth Dahl authentically captures the ups and downs of a tween girland#8217;s life, and the dramasand#151;both little and bigand#151;that fill the scary transition between childhood and adolescence.
Praise for Genie Wishes
"Girls should identify and mothers should approve of this gentle tale of growing up."
"Upbeat slice-of-life novel."
"Hereand#8217;s to reading about Genieand#8217;s sixth-grade year soon."
"The author has a keen eye for the tween girl experience: Genieand#8217;s plans for the future involve living right by her best friend and working together as dolphin trainers, while the highlight of her summer is the fact that her other friend just joined the pool. This will no doubt resonate with tween girls, and it has the charm and the discussion fodder to make an excellent mother-daughter book club selection."
and#151;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Mass revisits Willow Falls (the setting of 11 Birthdays) for this entertaining treatment of the weeks following Rory Swenson's eagerly anticipated 12th birthday. Upon turning 12, Rory begins working through a list of fervent wishes she's been compiling since she was seven: owning a cellphone, going to the mall without parents, and getting her ears pierced, to name a few. Each wish's fulfillment, however, is predictably accompanied by a minor disaster (an allergic reaction to a gold stud, an unusually aggressive pet bunny). The plot is bolstered by the filming of a movie at Rory's school, starring the 'coolest, hottest fourteen-year-old boy in this or any other universe,' with students playing extras. Angelina, the wizened, ageless seer of 11 Birthdays, appears to Rory early on with a prophetic warning, 'You won't get what you want... until you see what you need,' but Rory's wishes are trivial enough to make the final scene of self-discovery fall flat. Though long on page count, the book feels slight, but Rory's chatty, friendly voice and relentless optimism in the face of her many mishaps are heartwarming. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The author of "11 Birthdays" delivers once again with this humorous, touching, and abundantly charming novel about a girl who has been waiting her whole life to turn 12.
A humorous look at what it means to FINALLY turn twelve years old.
You can pierce your ears when you're twelve. You can go to the mall with your friends when you're twelve. You can babysit little Timmy next door when you're twelve. You can get a cell phone when you're twelve. Hey, you can even ride in the front passenger-side seat when you're twelve.
When you're twelve, when you're twelve, when you're twelve . . .
My name is Rory Swenson, and I've been waiting to turn twelve my whole life. In exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen.
My life will officially begin.
About the Author
Wendy Mass is the author of the award-winning books for readers A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, LEAP DAY, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, EVERY SOUL A STAR, THE CANDYMAKERS, 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, and the Twice Upon a Time series. She tells people her hobbies are photography and hiking, but they're really collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at www.wendymass.com.
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