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|Addie Bell's shortcut to growing up|
Author: Brody, Jessica
Seventh grader Addie Bell can't wait to grow up. Her parents won't let her have her own phone, she doesn't have any curves, and her best friend, Grace, isn't at all interested in makeup or boys. Then, on the night of her twelfth birthday, Addie makes a wish on a magic jewelry box to be sixteen . . . and wakes up to find her entire life has been fast-forwarded four years!
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 188336
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 6–10The worst birthday ever confirms what Addie Bell already suspected—that being 12 and in seventh grade stinks. If only she could just fast-forward to being 16! But when fate and magic combine to make Addie's birthday wish come true, she finds that suddenly being in high school is a whole lot harder than she'd thought. For starters, she can't speak French or do trigonometry. Worst of all, her best friend, Grace, now seems to hate her; she has become besties with shallow mean girl Clementine; and although she might look 16, she still has the driving and flirting skills of a 12-year-old. How do you unmake a birthday wish? For the second time this year, Brody borrows a premise from a classic 1980s or 1990s movie and then runs with it to make it her own. A Week of Mondays was a YA take on Groundhog Day, while Addie Bell is indebted to Big. This lightweight, fun romp points out that big changes (some of them unfortunate) can come from small choices thoughtlessly made, and that being yourself with your equally uncool best friend is a lot better than being popular all by yourself. Also revealed: dorky seventh grade boys can actually grow up to be date-worthy! VERDICT A solid purchase for secondary libraries; hand to readers looking for best-friend stories with a hint of romance.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2016 Addie Bell has had the worst twelfth birthday ever. From the restaurant hostess who gave her a child’s menu and crayons to the bitter fight with her best friend Grace later the same evening, Addie has had it with birthdays. She likes shortcuts, even if they sometimes do not end well for her, and when an elderly neighbor gives her a box that supposedly grants wishes, she decides to take a shortcut and wish herself 16. She wakes up the next day to find that she has indeed fast-forwarded four years, and at first, she’s excited. But soon she realizes she doesn’t like who she has become, especially when she learns she and Grace have not been friends all this time. As she understands what she’s missed by taking a shortcut, Addie wants to go back and searches for a way to break the spell. Addie’s first-person narrative is lively and engaging, peppered with ups and downs and grounded with a thoughtful degree of insight. A well-wrought, bright, and funny novel. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.