Michelle Siegel, December 24, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle Siegel)
A perfect gift for the young person in your life! A marriage between Freaky Friday and Groundhog Day this story is sure to leave the reader guessing! Part mystery, part coming of age story and full fun! Amanda and Leo are "stuck" living their 11th birthdays over and over and again and have to figure out how to make it stop! With their bond of friendship they work together and break "the spell", at least for now!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Like a Groundhog Day for middle grade readers, Mass's (Every Soul a Star) winning story features a girl seemingly trapped in her 11th birthday. Amanda seems doomed to relive her failed try-out for the gymnastics team, her mother being fired from her job and, worst of all, the party that even her best friend leaves early — to go to the party hosted by her former friend, Leo. The two have celebrated every previous birthday together (they were born on the same day), but a misunderstanding on their 10th has gone unresolved. After several repeats of the day, Amanda and Leo realize they are in this mess together and must work as a team. Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insights she gains will resonate with them. Mass's expertise with pacing keeps the story moving at a lively clip, and her understanding of this age group is as finely honed as ever. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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