Spend a Day (or More) with 11 Birthdays

February 4th, 2010 by

February is a month full of holidays — you’ve got Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and the Lunar New Year. But let’s not forget the all-important holiday that just happened a couple days ago: that’s right, people, Tuesday was Groundhog Day.

Personally, I don’t have much faith in a groundhog’s weather predictions, but I do love the old movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. You’ve probably never seen it because you’re not as ancient as I am (the film came out in 1993), but the basic premise is that Bill Murray’s character is forced to live the same day (Groundhog Day, obvi) over and over again until he can figure out how to escape the loop.

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

It’s a hilarious movie, but it’s rated PG. So if your parents guide you not to watch it, I’ve got the perfect book equivalent for you: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass! In the book, Amanda is forced to live the same day (her birthday, obvi) over and over again until she can figure out how to escape the loop.

Unfortunately for Amanda, it’s a pretty miserable birthday — the first since a huge fight with her former best friend, Leo (who just happens to have the same birthday). How will Amanda finally make it to the next day? And could Leo be in on this weirdness too? To find out, read the book! (And if you like it, why not get into the spirit and read it over again once you’re done?)

Or if you’ve already read 11 Birthdays, leave me a comment with your take!

— Karen


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