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Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff is about a boy named Sam who is about to turn eleven.  The problem?  Sam has a fear of the number eleven, but he doesn’t know why. 

Right before his birthday, Sam sneaks up into the attic in search of his birthday presents and he stumbles across a locked metal box.  Sticking out of the box is a newspaper clipping with a picture of him on it from when he was three.  There is a headline, too.  But Sam can’t read.  What does it say?  Ing.  He knows that word grouping.  And was is the other?  Miss.  Missing.  Sam is missing.

Not knowing what to make of the article, Sam knows he has to find a friend at school who knows how to read to help him.  He choses the new girl, Caroline.  Unfortunately, Caroline’s family moves around a lot so she agrees to help Sam if he agrees they won’t be friends.

Sam and Caroline work on a school project and the side project of what happened to Sam when he was three and develop a wonderful friendship along the way.

This was such a great read.  The plot is great.  I was sucked in as soon as Sam found the newspaper clipping in the attic and read the book in one sitting (it’s a quick 165 pages).  It book reads to a younger age group, but could definitely be enjoyed by all ages.  I recommend this book for anyone looking for an interesting mystery and a good story in general.

4 out of 5 stars


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