Day 2 of Mrs. Carter’s Spring Break reading Challenge features a fun book by Wendy Maas. In the beginning, 11 Birthdays appears to be a contemporary and realistic middle grade novel. Amanda and Leo have been best friends all their lives. They met the day they were born, and from their first birthday on, they have been virtually inseparable. That is, they were virtually inseparable until Amanda overhears Leo talking to some of his friends on their tenth birthday. It’s the end of their friendship as far as Amanda is concerned.
Fast forward a year later to Amanda and Leo’s eleventh mutual birthday. Amanda can’t help but think of her former best friend. She’s as miserable on this birthday as she was on her last, and she just wants the whole day to be over. There’s just one problem. She wakes the next morning and it’s her birthday all over again!
What if you had to relive the most miserable day of your life, not just once, but over and over again?
11 Birthdays is a fun mix of reality and fantasy. Check it out if you like your reality tempered with a bit of magic, or if you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to have the chance to live a day over.
Recommended Grades 4 Up; advanced 3rd graders might enjoy this but the repeated time/flashback element may be a bit confusing to younger readers.