I apologize again for another late post, but this one comes with good reason--I started a new job last week. I will do my best to keep up with postings, but please understand that helping to support my family must come first.
Title: 11 Birthdays
Author: Wendy Mass
Target Audience: Upper Elementary
Approximate Independent Reading Level: 7th grade
Summary: Leo and Amanda were born on the same day, but they're not twins. In fact, they're not related at all. But sharing a birthday is the beginning of a story that leads to their becoming best friends--at least for awhile. But when a fight leads to magical problems, they must work together to solve a problem bigger than they could have ever imagined.
Review: This story is fantasy, with an element of magic. But the magic is not meant to be harmful. The story contains no Christian elements, but can still be used to teach Christian truths--such as the importance of forgiveness. Working together is another important element in the book. There are some elements of lying to adults as the children attempt to figure out how to solve their problems. In their defense, however, the truth is completely unbelievable and would have sounded like a lie, and they do their best to not lie to or disobey their parents.
**** 4 stars