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Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years #4)
by Lauren Myracle
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 620L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dutton Children's Books
NO. PAGES: 272
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
SERIES: The Winnie Years
PREQUEL: Thirteen (The Winnie Years Book #3)
ISBN: 0525422226
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon Knowlton

The Story
Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years #4)—Book Review

Now that Winnie is fourteen, there is never a dull moment in her life. She graduates from eighth grade, her big sister prepares to leave for college, and much to her dismay, her boyfriend goes to Europe for the summer. As if that wasn't enough, Winnie prepares a bucket list of things she wants to do before she begins high school. She plans a very eventful summer away and learns that even the best laid plans don't work out the way you expect them to. Instead, she finds changes in her life she never imagined.
The Scoop
Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years #4)—Book Review
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This fourth book in the Winnie Years series is just as engaging as its predecessors. Those who have read the previous books will not be disappointed, though it is not necessary to have read them to enjoy and follow this story, as the author recaps several main events. Once again, Winnie's life and the friendship/boyfriend/family drama that surround it are chronicled in such a way that any girl can relate. Winnie is annoyed with her boyfriend, Lars, when she finds out he is leaving for the summer, so she plans to escort her best friend, Dinah, to a wilderness camp in South Carolina. When Lars ends up staying in town for the summer, Winnie is torn between Lars and spending the summer with her friend, but chooses the latter. The girls do more than just save baby turtles when they are at camp--they make new friends, and some new crushes, too. But Winnie remains loyal to Lars even when another boy tries to kiss her. A friend of Dinah's get suspended for shoplifting, and Dinah, while innocent, is entangled in the controversy because the stolen goods were hidden in her locker. The content is generally quite wholesome with just a bit of kissing and potty talk (in the context of conservation and flushing toilets). In one paragraph, Winnie expresses her relief over not being born a boy, as she imagines that certain male bodily functions would be quite embarrassing. Fans of this series can look forward to its prequel, Ten, due out May 2011.
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