The Winnie Years
The Winnie Years is an ongoing series of children's fiction novels by American author Lauren Myracle. The first entry in the series, Eleven, was published on February 9, 2004 through Dutton Juvenile and focuses on the angst and everyday problems of tween Winnie Perry.
Of the books in the series, Myracle stated that they were her "most autobiographical books" in that she drew heavily upon her own experiences as a tween. The author has admitted that her son Jamie is the basis for the character of Ty, Winnie's younger brother, and that she has plans for a spinoff series surrounding the character.
Ten is a prequel to the series and follows Winnie as she turns ten. Excited over the new responsibilities and changes that will come with her new age, the book chronicles Winnie's adventures and misadventures with her family and friends.
Eleven follows Winnie as she deals with more changes, one of which concerns her best friend Amanda potentially losing interest in their friendship in favor of someone else. On top of this Winnie also has to deal with her cranky older sister and an ill crush. Sick of the issues and problems that come with getting older, Winnie vows that she won't go through any changes, despite life having other plans.
Twelve follows Winnie as she deals with puberty and other issues. Last year she lost her former best friend Amanda to the school's mean girl, but made a new friend in Dinah. This year she has to deal with issues such as getting her ears pierced, going to junior high, and her feelings over developing breasts and having to go bra shopping with her mother.
In Thirteen Winnie finds that one of her brother's friends is battling leukemia, prompting her to later donate her hair to Locks of Love. During this time she also finds that it's hard to talk about her changing life, as her friends are either growing up too fast or too slow. She's also experiencing issues with her boyfriend Lars, who she loves to kiss but can't really communicate with.
Thirteen Plus One
In Thirteen Plus One Winnie Perry has finally gotten the hang of junior high-gaining two fabulous BFF's and a perfect (mostly ...okay, sometimes..) boyfriend in the process-and with graduation just around the corner, the countdown to high school has just begun. Not than Winnie is obsessing about it, since she's living in the now and has a whole bunch High-School list before freshman year rolls around. BIG things, like owning her heart's desire, helping the world, and-oh, yeah- growing up.
With so much to do and only a summer to do it, one thing is for sure: eleven,twelve, and thirteen were big-bigger than big-and fourteen is going to be EPIC.
- Eleven (2004)
- Twelve (2007)
- Thirteen (2008)
- Thirteen Plus One (2010)
- Ten (2011)
Critical reception for the series has been mostly positive. Kirkus Reviews has largely praised the series, citing its authenticity as a highlight. The School Library Journal and Horn Book Guide have both given reviews for the series, with the School Library praising most of the books in the series while stating that Ten didn't have the "depth of emotion or tackle some more serious issues as some others do".
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- "Review: Twelve". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
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