Winnie knows that change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when it means her best friend, Amanda, might be dropping her for someone else. Throw in a grumpy teenage sister, a cat who gets trapped in the wall, and a crush who has pinkeye, and you’ve got one big mess—one that Winnie’s not going to clean up! Winnie’s decided that she’s going to remain exactly the same, no matter what the rest of the world does. But every month brings crazy adventures. A lot can change in a year . . .maybe even Winnie.
Offering a month-by-month account of Winnie's 11th year, this lighthearted and well-observed novel is sure to strike a familiar chord with girls on the brink of adolescence. On her birthday, Winnie gets her first pet, a cat she names Sweetie-Pie, who, in a later chapter, falls through a hole in the attic and has to be rescued from between the walls. Shortly before turning 12, in the penultimate chapter, Winnie snags her first boyfriend just in time to prevent her from being the only "single" sixth-grader at school on Valentine's Day. In between, Winnie realizes that she is drifting away from her best friend, Amanda, and actually has more in common with nerdy Dinah. Throughout, Winnie's altering perceptions of herself and her peers ring true. Just as realistic are her relationships with family members: two fairly tolerant parents, a younger brother named Ty, and a teenage sister named Sandra, who is experiencing some growing pains of her own. Myracle (Kissing Kate) shows particular skill at delineating the ways fifth- and sixth-grade girls form and reform their friendships, and the unspoken feelings between Amanda and Winnie fuel especially poignant moments. Myracle reworks familiar themes in a narrative that remains fresh and lively, inviting the audience to commiserate and laugh along with Winnie as she advances toward her 12th year. Ages 8-12.
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Great book I was sad when Amanda ditched Winnie though they were such great friends
I have this book at home and it's awesome!👍It's my 3rd favourite in the series!
5th: Thirteen Plus One