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Wendy Mass is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, 13 GIFTS, THE LAST PRESENT, and the Twice Upon a Time series: RAPUNZEL, THE ONE WITH ALL THE HAIR; SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE ONE WHO TOOK THE REALLY LONG NAP; and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T RUN AWAY; as well as A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, LEAP DAY, EVERY SOUL A STAR, and THE CANDYMAKERS. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
Praise for 11 BIRTHDAYS:
* A fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics.
-- BOOKLIST, starred review
* Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insight she gains will resonate.
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
Praise for FINALLY:
FINALLY is a treat -- a delicious story about fitting in, falling down, and growing up. Wendy Mass has done it again!
-- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal winner of WHEN YOU REACH ME
FINALLY will have readers laughing, nodding in agreement, and sighing in sympathy.
Praise for 13 GIFTS:
* Mass keeps the plot jumping like a fireworks display; there's one surprise spark after another, all coming together at the end for a breathtaking finale.
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
Philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike.
-- KIRKUS REVIEWS