Amanda is reliving her 11th birthday over and over again - even the fight with her best friend, Leo. How can she fix everything and put the day behind her? Only time, friendship, and luck will tell.
©2009 Wendy Mass (P)2010 Scholastic Inc.
"Emboldened by the idea of daily do-overs, [Amanda] discovers that small changes in her attitude and actions result in sometimes-subtle, sometimes-monumental shifts in results for herself, her family, and her friends. A rewarding choice for readers and a natural for booktalks and discussion groups." (Booklist)
Two kids experience the same day 11 times in a row, until they figure out how to
get their lives back to normal.
The way Wendy Mass writes makes it great fun for kids.
Expressions, and voices, and the right pace.
Veteran narrator Kathleen McInerney is perfectly matched with author Wendy Mass in this naturalistic book about 11 year old Amanda and her best boy friend Leo - with a touch of magic realism thrown in to help them get through a year of being on the outs with each other. This story captivated our whole family (including girls ages 8 and 11) on a 6 hour drive last weekend - I only wished it had been 30 minutes longer because as soon as it finished the "I'm bored" chorus started. McInerney deftly handles both narration and the true to life dialogue.
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
It's like ground hog day, but with fewer redeeming qualities and some random things thrown in. I do not recommend this book.
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