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Contributor(s): Corbett, Sue

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ISBN: 0142407291     ISBN-13: 9780142407295
Publisher: Puffin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2007
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Annotation: In Corbett's Rriveting first novelS ("School Library Journal"), Bernadette McBride makes a wish she never expects to be granted--to be young again.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Missing persons; Fiction.
Mothers; Fiction.
Middle schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007004707
Lexile Measure: 800
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.40 lbs) 227 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 61265
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q36472
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
 
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Publisher Description:
In this captivating novel, wife and mother of three Bernadette McBride makes a wish she never expects to have grantedto be young again. When she awakenstransformed into a twelveyear- oldon what should be the morning of her fortieth birthday, she is at first jubilant, and then quickly realizes how complex life has suddenly become. She enrolls in her sons seventh-grade computer class in hopes of enlisting his help, but its not that easy. . . . Patrick, Bernadettes oldest son, has no idea what happened to his mother, but he refuses to give up hope. Unless he can get her back, he faces a life of waiting on his brothers. Can Patrick do the impossible? Can he rescue his mother . . . and return his familys life to normal?

Contributor Bio(s): Sue Corbett is the daughter of Irish immigrants and grew up in a Long Island neighborhood very similar to the one depicted in 12 Again. Ms. Corbett has worked as a journalist for fifteen years in Missouri, South Carolina, Florida and, now, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and their three young children. As anyone who knows her will tell you, she really is half-Looney. However, she has only been twelve once. (So far.)

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
Irish fairies meet the computer age in this domestic fantasy, but the result is more [cf2]Peggy Sue Got Married[cf1] than [cf2]Artemis Fowl[cf1]. A misfired wish turns Patrick's mother into a twelve-year-old; chapters alternate between Patrick's and his mother's narratives as she tries to change back. Even in Patrick's chapters, the book is too much a mother's point of view, but the school scenes and family situations are appealingly light and the fantasy device is deployed fairly well. Copyright 2003Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 July #4)
Irish folklore supplies the ingredients for debut author Corbett's creative contemporary fantasy, set in Long Island, N.Y. When stressed-out mom and Newsday reporter Bernadette McBride unwittingly drinks a potion just before making a toast "to youth," she wakes up and finds herself age 12 again, living in her childhood home with her Irish-born mother (who died in Bernadette's adulthood). Eventually, she discovers fairy magic is at work; while it's modern times outside the house, inside it's 1972. The story alternates between her perspective and that of Patrick, the oldest of her three sons, and readers get a strong sense of their emotions. Bernadette is thrilled to see her mother again but misses her family fiercely, feeling especially guilty for heaping too much responsibility on Patrick; he regrets thinking of her as a "burr on his shoelace." Bernadette, enrolled at school as "Detta," shares a class with Patrick, but doesn't want anyone, not even Patrick, to know about her transformation. In addition to the colorful folk traditions, Corbett supplies funny details as Bernadette adjusts to middle school (she bests a bully and is stumped when classmates ask her if she likes the Backstreet Boys). Though many of Bernadette's sentiments may make more sense to adults (particularly her ardent desire to please her mother) and some of the premise is fuzzy (Bernadette delays contacting Patrick for flimsy reasons), overall, this is a well-orchestrated and heartwarming read. Ages 10-14. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 July)
Gr 4-7 A riveting first novel. Overwhelmed with her life as a mother, wife, and newspaper journalist, Bernadette McBride decides to spend the night at her late Irish mother's house. Helping herself to some mysterious liquid in the pantry, Bernadette ruefully wishes to be young again. When she awakens, she has been transformed into a 12-year-old on what should be her 40th birthday. She hears her mother calling her down for breakfast and is at first jubilant, but then realizes how complex her life has become. She enrolls in her oldest son's school and tries to figure out how to undo her wish and get back to her husband and three boys. As weeks go by, her family assumes the worst but her son Patrick is certain that his mother will try to contact him, and he never gives up hope. When he receives her mysterious and untraceable e-mail sending him off on a dangerous errand, he realizes that her rescue is completely in his hands, and the results measure up to a satisfying conclusion. Corbett's story, told from the alternating points of view of 12-year-old Patrick and Bernadette, is an extraordinary alchemy of elements that makes for an engaging read. The dialogue is natural and believable, and the emotions expressed by the characters are genuine. A great mix of fairy charms, Irish folklore, humor, mystery, and familial love. -Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
 
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