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The Last Present: A Wish Novel

by Wendy Mass


Scholastic Inc.
May 2015


Fiction
Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Lexile measure: 690L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: X

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Amanda and Leo have a history with birthdays. Now their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time in order to fix whatever's wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace's birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns... which raise all sorts of questions.

Amanda and Leo are going to have to unravel the threads of the past and present -- and travel much further than they ever imagined -- if they're going to save Grace. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in the charming and funny Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass, where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.
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Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including 11 Birthdays, Finally, 13 Gifts, The Last Present, and the Twice Upon a Time series; as well as A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Leap Day, Every Soul a Star, Space Taxi, and The Candymakers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • Praise for 11 BIRTHDAYS:

    * "A fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics."
    -- BOOKLIST, starred review

    * "Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insight she gains will resonate."
    -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    Praise for FINALLY:

    "FINALLY is a treat -- a delicious story about fitting in, falling down, and growing up. Wendy Mass has done it again!"
    -- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal winner of WHEN YOU REACH ME

    "FINALLY will have readers laughing, nodding in agreement, and sighing in sympathy."
    -- TeensReadToo.com

    Praise for 13 GIFTS:

    * "Mass keeps the plot jumping like a fireworks display; there's one surprise spark after another, all coming together at the end for a breathtaking finale."
    -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    "Philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike."
    -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

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