Title: 11 Birthdays
Author: Wendy Mass
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Number of Pages: 272
Advertised Age Level: Ages 9-12
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 11/5th Grade
Language: no profanity
Sex: none at all
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Social Issues: fighting with a best friend, popularity
Suggested Movie Grade: G
Premise: Amanda and Leo were born on the same day at the same hospital, and they’ve shared every birthday together since. But when Amanda overhears Leo saying some not-so-nice things about her at their tenth birthday party, she vows never to forgive him.
A year later, Amanda is about to face her first ever party without her best friend. To make matters worse, everyone in the 5th grade seems to be going to Leo’s party across town. She determines to get through her own party, glad to know she won’t have to face another birthday for a whole year.
But when Amanda wakes up the next day, she discovers to her horror that it’s her birthday all over again. Confused and a bit afraid she might just be going crazy, Amanda keeps reliving the same horrible day again and again. When she discovers that Leo is also stuck in the same time loop, the two must put aside their difference and figure out how to get time going forward again.
Potential Points of Concern: Amanda feels pressured by her best friend to try out for the gymnastics team when she’d rather try out for the marching band.
Amanda overhears Leo saying some mean things about her and her feelings are crushed.
Amanda is sad when it appears more kids from 5th grade want to go to Leo’s party than her party, including her best friend.
Leo and Amanda play hooky from school once they realize they will get a chance to live the day over again – that there will be no consequences for their actions.
Age Appropriateness: Ages 8 to 12