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Get a cell phone. Stay home alone. Go to the mall with best friend and No Parents. Wear makeup. Get contact lenses. Attend a boy-girl party. Rory Swenson 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..." Well, in exactly, 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds it will finally happen. Rory's life will officially begin!

Except when she hits that magic number, things don't go as she planned. Piercing her ears reveals a gold allergy, her first attempt at shaving her legs results in disaster, and she loses her coveted cell phone before she even leaves the mall. And while she gets a role in the movie filming at her school — and even develops a friendship with the 14-year-old star! — she starts wondering if all these "grown-up" things are really all they cracked up to be. Characters from Mass' first book, 11 Birthdays, make appearances in this lively novel about coming of age.

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"[Rory's] new pet bunny seems homicidal, staying home alone is scarier than she thought, and her attempt at having her ears pierced reveals an allergy to gold. The only silver lining is her growing friendship with movie-star Jake Harrison, who is filming at her school. There's a nice twist at the end, when the many good deeds Rory has done without thinking of herself pay off, and she realizes that her misfortunes are minor." — Madigan McGillicuddy, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Wendy Mass
ISBN 0545052432
Publication Date Jun 1, 2011
Publisher Scholastic Paperbacks
Language English