Wednesday, February 26, 2014

K10: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Hello! I'm Aubrey. I'm ten years old and live in Katy, TX, and I am home schooled. My favorite flavor of ice cream is probably vanilla because it tastes REALLY good! (:

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. I chose it because my friend Grace (13) read it when she was 11 and she recommended it. In this series there are a couple more books called, 12 Finally and 13 Gifts. You are supposed to read them when you turn 11, 12 and 13 (at least that's what Grace says!) But, Grace recommended it to me because she said its a very good book. So I got 11, 12 and 13 at the library the next week.

Can you describe this book in one word?
If I could describe this book in one word it would be AWESOME!!!!! This book is the most awesome book I had ever read, definitely tops other ones I have read!! (:

What was your favorite part of this story?
My favorite part was probably when she and Leo realize their birthdays are repeating and they decided they could do whatever they want because the days were repeating and they would not be in trouble the following day.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
Well, I would probably do the same thing the main character, Amanda, did… try to figure out a solution.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
I would say, "Amanda, you really have to read this book IT'S THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER!!!" (My best friends name is Amanda)

What do you think about the book's cover?
I really liked it, I think the 11 balloons were a nice touch.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
I would love to! (well I am the 12 and 13 have Leo and Amanda in it just not the main characters)

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
While I haven't read anything recently that reminds me of this one I do remember one when I was little, "Katie Kazoo Switcheroo" It kinda reminds me about this book because she repeats the same day over and over until she learns her lesson. For example, one day she was in school and was making fun of her boring teacher the next day she would end up as her teacher so then she knew what it felt like to be laughed at and she would never do it again.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
I would ask, "How did you come up with the plot for 11 Birthdays and the rest of them?" and, "Are any of the characters based on any people in real life, if so who?"

Check out this recording on where author Wendy Mass shares how she came up with the plot for 11 Birthdays and reads an excerpt.

Thanks for joining us, Aubrey!

11 Birthdays
On their first birthday, they learned to walk. On their fifth, they planted seeds in handmade pots. On their tenth, they learned there are some words you can never take back.

Amanda’s eleventh birthday should have been a happy occasion. Instead she’s dressed in an itchy costume her mother picked out for her Hollywood-themed party (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, even though the flying monkeys have always creeped her out). Meanwhile, across town, her ex-best friend Leo is celebrating their joint birthday with a huge bash including a hypnotist, a football star, a giant iguana, and a rock band. SO not fair!

Amanda can’t wait for the day AFTER her birthday so she can stop thinking about the fight that led to her and Leo having separate parties for the first time in their lives. There’s just one problem. The next day is her birthday all over again.

--Rebecca S


  1. Great post! My kids (and me!) loved this book, also. :)

  2. This book is on my teetering TBR pile. My daughter loved it!


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