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Author: Mass, Wendy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-31016-1
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7

Last Present, The

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The Last Present is the last book in the series by Wendy Mass about mysterious birthdays in the town of Willow Falls, which includes 11 Birthdays, Finally and 13 Gifts. Two of the main characters, Amanda and Leo, learn that a mysterious old woman, Angelina D’Angelo, is entangled through past and present birthdays, including the strange frozen trance that Grace falls into on her 10th birthday. Heavy on explanations, this book provides the climax to mysteries previously unanswered but will satisfy fans of this series. Other books in this series have received numerous awards, including the 2009 Young Readers’ Choice Award for 2009 for 11 Birthdays. The Last Present is listed on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. With strong female and male characters, this book appeals to both girls and boys alike.

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