The real you is who you are when no one's watching.
Soon-to-be-sixteen Josie Taylor was born on Leap Day, and today is her "fourth" birthday. Sometimes she wonders what other people are thinking, but it's the reader who gets to find out, "leaping" into the minds and viewpoints of Josie and everyone around her as she goes through her day. Birthday surprises, school play auditions, her driver's test, a scavenger hunt, and the all-important initiation at the lake - these are the things that define Josie Taylor today? but what define her tomorrow and in the days to come are the people that touch her life at every moment. A fascinating, surprising new novel, Leap Day is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of one everygirl teenager.
Wendy Mass won the ALA Schneider Family Book Award for her first young readers' novel, A Mango-Shaped Space, about a girl with the fascinating condition synesthesia. In Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, a boy embarks on a life-changing journey. In Every Soul a Star, three very different kids are brought together by a solar eclipse; and in The Candymakers, four kids enter the contest of a lifetime. The Space Taxi series sends a boy and a talking cat on adventures to distant planets, and the Willow Falls books (beginning with 11 Birthdays) add a dash of magic into a small town. Wendy lives in New Jersey with her family.