Article Title

11 Before 12


Katelyn Osborn


Dependable, Intermediate, Lisa Greenwald, Friendship, Pre-Teen, Middle School, Birthdays, Best Friends

Document Type

Book Review


Kaylan and Arianna can’t believe summer is over and middle school is about to begin. To be completely prepared for their new school, they have a plan. First, they will think of eleven things to do to become the coolest kids in middle school before they turn twelve. Then they will show off their amazing new selves with a giant birthday party. However, middle school is a big change, and both Kaylan and Arianna start to change in different ways. Soon, Kaylan isn’t sure that they’ll finish the list or plan their joint birthday party, or even if they’ll still be friends by their birthday. Arianna doesn’t even use her real name anymore, and she has lots of new friends that Kaylan doesn’t exactly fit in with. She seems embarrassed to be even seen with Kaylan anymore. The list was supposed to bring them together, but it seems that all it did was break them apart.