Friday, February 11, 2011

I didn't have to tell the kids much about Finally by Wendy Mass to hook them other than the fact that it was written by the same author as 11 Birthdays-a popular Texas Bluebonnet Book.

Isn't it funny that kids always want to be older and adults wish they were younger? To introduce this story, I asked the third through fifth graders this question: What are you looking forward to being able to do once you are twelve years old that you can't do now? Here are some of their answer:

*use Facebook
*get a cellphone
*sit in the front seat of a car
*drive a golf cart
*stay home alone
*use the stove/oven
*referee for little kids soccer
*go to late parties
*stay up until 9:30
*get a job-mow lawns/babysit
*see PG-13 movies
*play sports for a school
*go to the mall without parents to hang out with friends
*play in the neighborhood other than on our street
*walk to school by myself

Rory has been waiting her whole life to turn twelve, and she's got a list to prove it. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, "When you're twelve, when you're twelve, when you're twelve..." Well, in exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen. Rory's life will officially begin! Fun, funny, and full of surprises, this is a story about wanting to grow up even when the universe seems to be telling you to wait. F MAS
(taken from insert of Finally by Wendy Mass)

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