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The Winnie Books: Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

May 3rd, 2008 (08:20 pm)
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Birthdays which are memorable, for reasons both great and bad, happy and sad, stick with us. Eleven by Lauren Myracle details a year in the life of a girl named Winnie. Every chapter highlights a month in that year, following Winnie as she deals with various goings-on at school and at home. Twelve and Thirteen are set up the same way, with one chapter devoted to each month, and each book chronicling a year.

Things kick off on Winnie's eleventh birthday. It's a weird, exciting, fun, scary age. She's not a teenager yet, much less a grownup, but she's no longer a little kid either. She's not sure what to do when her best friend starts acting differently. Aren't they supposed to be best friends forever? Happily, she finds new friends who like her for who she is; happily, her home life with her parents and siblings is comfy-cozy.

Then Winnie is Twelve. Suddenly, everything seems to be changing: her family, her friends, her life, her body. She's got plenty on her mind and plenty of people around her, including her old best friend, her new best friends, and a cute boy. Sixth grade certainly is shaping up to be more than she expected!

In Thirteen, Winnie has her first-ever boyfriend, Lars. She likes him, but she isn't always sure how to act around him. She sometimes finds herself torn between her two best friends, Cinnamon and Dinah, for although the three of them get along famously, they don't always want to do the same things. Winnie remains protective of her younger brother, in awe of her older sister, and close to her parents, especially her mom.

This trilogy will certainly appeal to kids in elementary school and middle school, as they are going through the same things Winnie is going through. Readers will wince with Winnie when she gets embarrassed and smile when she smiles.

It's been fun to watch Winnie become Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. She reminds me a bit of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice McKinley, who also has one shy best friend, one outspoken best friend, and frank family discussions, and Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik, whose relationship with her younger brother, Sam, echoes that of Winnie and her younger brother, Ty.

The next book about Winnie, Thirteen Plus One, comes out in May 2010.

Lauren Myracle is also working on:
- The Boring, Boring, Super-Boring Life of Ty, Only Not Really, the first in a series about Winnie’s little brother, Ty;
- Ten, the story of Winnie in fourth grade; and
- and two more books which are not related to Winnie: Luv Ya Bunches Too, the sequel to Luv Ya Bunches, and By Curious, a mystery.

Read my exclusive interview with Lauren Myracle.

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Read my review of Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle.

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Posted by: lisachellman (lisachellman )
Posted at: May 5th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)

I just read Thirteen this weekend and was pleasantly surprised! It was the first of the series I'd read. I, too, found it reminiscent of the Alice series, but I appreciated that it moves along at a faster clip (1 volume per year of Winnie's life instead of Alice's 3). I really admired the way the author was able to pull off exactly one chapter per month without it feeling gimmicky or episodic. No wonder these books are popular!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: May 5th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)

I agree.

I do so love the Alice McKinley books - I still read them now whenever a new edition appears, and am looking forward to the one that's about to be released - and I'm curious to see how the film does.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Her books

Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen which I have soon to read are the most sophisticated young adault I have ever read. I am 11 so I think I know what I'm talking about because I am someone who actually just reads these books for fun, not to reveiw.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: May 29th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Her books

I'm glad that you've enjoyed the books too, and that you read for fun. I certainly read for fun. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 3rd, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)

I read Thriteen long ago.I loved it soooooo much that I was planning to boy Eleven and Twelve.;-)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: February 3rd, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)

Definitely go back and read those!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 18th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)

I Love these books~!! They are awsome!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: June 18th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 21st, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen

I love these books. I just finished reading twelve. As a twelve year old myself,I thought eleven and twelve were awesome! I still have to read thirteen though. I cant wait to read it!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: June 21st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen

Enjoy the books!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 8th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I love em!

I have all the books eleven Twelve and Thirteen! In eleven Winnie loses BFF Amanda. In Twelve she becomes BFF's with Dinah and a girl named Cinnamon and gets her . get it? also in Thirteen!!! (my fave one) She gets a boyfriend Larson or Lars for short!!! also her mom gets pregnant!!! O.M.G!!I love love love how Winnie also lives in Atlanta because that is where I am from! Atlanta Georgia!!!! I love how fun and cool Winnie's friends are too! Lauren Myracle is the best and I love the Winnie Perry Series!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: December 10th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: I love em!

:)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 5th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
I Love them!

I just loved theese books :)
But now I'm so depressed! I already read them all! I hear that this author has a bunch a series like these.
Is that correct? Is she going to make 14? I'd love to read it! :D

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: March 5th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: I Love them!

The next book about Winnie, Thirteen Plus One, comes out in May 2010.

Lauren is also working on:
- The Boring, Boring, Super-Boring Life of Ty, Only Not Really, the first in a series about Winnie’s little brother, Ty;
- Ten, the story of Winnie in fourth grade; and
- and two more books which are not related to Winnie: Luv Ya Bunches Too, the sequel to Luv Ya Bunches, and By Curious, a mystery.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
WINNIE SERIES

I LOVE TWELVE AND THIRTEEN. I READ THEM ON MY EBOOK. IS SHE GOING TO PUT ELEVEN ON EBOOK? PLEASE?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: WINNIE SERIES

I don't know! Have you checked at your local bookstore or online bookstores like IndieBound?

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