April 28, 2010

11 Birthdays, and now Finally

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Finally Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. This week's booktalk: Finally by Wendy Mass. (It's the sequel to 11 Birthdays, but you don't have to read that one first to understand this book.)

Rory Swenson is just a few days away from turning 12 years old. This is a huge moment in her life. Ever since Rory can remember, whenever she asked for something, her parents told her it would happen “when you turn 12.” And every time they told her this, Rory wrote it down. And now it’s almost time for her to check every item off her list!

Just when Rory's life couldn't get any better, she discovers that a movie is going to be filmed at her school! And guess who stars in the movie? Jake Harrison, the hottest 14-year-old boy alive. When Rory and her best friends Annabelle and Natalie discover that extras are needed for the movie, they put together a plan of action so they will be cast!

As part of the plan, Rory needs to get movie-star ready. She needs to shave her legs, learn how to put on make-up, get her ears pierced and get contact lenses to replace her glasses, all things on her list. Sounds easy enough, right? Rory sure thinks so. There is no possible way anything can go wrong and get between her and Jake Harrison.

But sometimes, life takes little twists and turns and things don't turn out as planned. Will Rory be able to complete her list when she turns 12?

Read Finally by Wendy Mass.

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

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  1. BLACKBAT34

    IHAD BOTH FINALLY AND 11 BIRTHDAYS ON MY BOOK LIST WHEN I FOUND THEM BOTH AT THE SAME TIME I WAS HAPPY. I DECIDED TO READ FINALLY FIRST. THAT BOOK IS REALLY GOOD I WISH THERE WAS A THIRD BOOK TO THOSE 2 BOOKS. WHEN I START READING 11 BIRTHDAYS I’M GLAD THAT I CAN FINALLY FIND OUT THEIR SECRET… I WAS SHOCKED BUT PLEASED WHEN I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH. WOW THAT BOOK WAS AMAZING BETTER THAN FINALLY! I’m CONVINCING ALL OF MY FRIENDS THAT THEY SHOULD READ THOSE BOOKS
    SOMETHING SO FUNNY IS THAT I KIND OF HAD THE SAME IDEA AS WENDY MASS WHEN SHE WROTE FINALLY I WAS ACTUALLY PLANNING A BOOK LIKE THAT I’M GLAD THAT WENDY MASS GAVE ME VERY GOOD IDEAS FOR MY BOOKS I WANNA WRITE WHEN I GROW UP AND THE BOOK FINALLY AND 11 BIRTHDAYS

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  2. Kristen

    Oh gosh I really want to read this. I’m a older kid and I still love books and movie’s like this.My 12th birthday was the one one I remember the lost about, I did everything the girl in the book did and that was before I even read this!!! Te author really knows how a 12 year old thinks, that and several other reasons are what make this book so fun and charming as her other ones to read. I completley love these books and always will.

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  3. Tiffany

    I read 11 birthdays and it was awesome!! It’s my favorite book and I love it!!!! I want to read finally.

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  4. holla

    omg this is terrible where is leo and amanda there not even in this book it is so stupid u need to read eleven b-days i hate this book there is nothing about leo and amanda!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. ashleigh

    this book looks awesome! looking forward to reading it after seeing how wonderful 11 birthdays was. now if only i had that book… haha
    -confessions of a wendy mass fanatic

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  6. Kayli J

    I got this book from my school’s book fair. I’m 12 so it looked like a book I can relate too but I haven’t read 11 Birthdays yet witch I will!! But This book was AMAZING!! I love it and can read it over and over!! I defiantly recommended it and I LOVE IT!! <3 :D

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  7. Super Ponage Soccer Star

    Sounds like a really good book. Can’t wait to read it. Not too long till my 12th birthday so I’ll really be able to relate to a lot of the stuff in there. :)

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  8. rosey

    if i find the book i guess i’ll give it a try maybe its a good book you cant say anything till you read it

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  9. Elizabeth

    i have never read this book before but now that i have read this the book does sound pretty good so i might get the book from the library and read it so i hope it is good like you said it is.

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  10. alex

    i want to read this book so bad, 2 things 1: because i love to read a lot of books & 2: im going to be 12 hahah…
    lets see how cute that boy can be lol just playing
    i really need to read this book

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  11. Noelle

    I read this book but since I was a part of book club it kinda got left in my book bag and the ending was just a bore. I read 11 birthday which I loved and i also read part of every soul a star which is by the same author. kinda boring. mostley talks about stars. bah!

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