FinallyBook - 2010 | 1st ed.
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orange_penguin_714 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over
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"You won't get anything you want, Rory Swenson, until you see what you need."
'In four hours and fifty-three minutes,the clock on my bright yellow wall will strike midnight.Jupiter will align with Mars.And I will finally be twelve years old.'
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Mass revisits Willow Falls (the setting of 11 Birthdays ) for this entertaining treatment of the weeks following Rory Swenson's eagerly anticipated 12th birthday. Upon turning 12, Rory begins working through a list of fervent wishes she's been compiling since she was seven: owning a cellphone, going to the mall without parents, and getting her ears pierced, to name a few. Each wish's fulfillment, however, is predictably accompanied by a minor disaster (an allergic reaction to a gold stud, an unusually aggressive pet bunny). The plot is bolstered by the filming of a movie at Rory's school, starring the “coolest, hottest fourteen-year-old boy in this or any other universe,” with students playing extras. Angelina, the wizened, ageless seer of 11 Birthdays , appears to Rory early on with a prophetic warning, “You won't get what you want... until you see what you need,” but Rory's wishes are trivial enough to make the final scene of self-discovery fall flat. Though long on page count, the book feels slight, but Rory's chatty, friendly voice and relentless optimism in the face of her many mishaps are heartwarming.
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