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11 Before 12
Contributor(s): Greenwald, Lisa

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ISBN: 0062411748     ISBN-13: 9780062411747
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2017
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Annotation: Best friends Kaylan and Arianna kick-start middle school with a list of 11 things they want to do to transform themselves, from makeovers and making guy friends to sharing candid conversations with their moms and helping humanity, before their shared 12th birthday party. Simultaneous eBook. 40,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Middle schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Best friends; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Birthdays
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017031640
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Friendship List
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 396 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192126
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Narrator Kaylan and her best friend Arianna are entering middle school. Before they both turn twelve in November, the girls pledge to transform themselves by doing eleven things, including "make a guy friend" and "help humanity." But a rocky start to sixth grade ends up transforming them in unanticipated ways. Greenwald proves her understanding of the middle-school psyche as the girls' friendship is realistically tested. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 May)

Gr 4–6—During the last weeks of summer, Kaylan and her friend Arianna become very nervous about entering middle school. To alleviate some of their fears, they create an "11 Before 12" list—11 things that they hope will make them fabulous and confident by the time they turn 12 in November. After the two have initial success with list items such as "highlight our hair" and "make a guy friend," the school year starts, and the social dynamics of middle school put a strain on their friendship. With Arianna not speaking to her, Kaylan must figure out a new way to handle her anxiety and navigate tense situations at home. Kaylan finds support in unexpected places and discovers surprising strengths of her own, but she also realizes that she misses Arianna, and she works to regain her friendship so that they can celebrate the completion of their list. Although this story does not break much new ground, the voice of a tween dealing with the pressures of adolescence is authentic, and this book will entice those who want to read about a relatable, funny young woman. VERDICT Purchase where tales about the dramas of middle school and family life are in great demand.—Sarah Reid, Four County Library System, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
 
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