Thirteen Plus One by Lauren Myracle (NY: Dutton Children's Books, 2010).
This novel is latest installment in The Winnie Years series that began with Eleven. I've not read any of the previous books, but had no trouble becoming engaged in the life of just-turned-fourteen Winnie Perry. She's a southern girl with big plans; for her summer before high school she has a to-do list that includes being spazzy and doing something to help the world. With the latter goal in mind, she signs up for an ecological-themed beach camp that monitors sea turtles. Her best friends end up coming along for the ride, and Winnie also deals with a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Lars.
Myracle once again produces the perfect package of fun, humor, and life lessons that is sure to engage preteen girls. Great summer read for grades 4-7.
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