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12 Before 13

By: Lisa Greenwald

Contemporary Fiction

Ari’s summer at Camp Silver was super awesome! But now she’s home, and everything’s changed. Her BFF Kaylan’s hanging out with the Lunch Table Girls, and all her bat mitzvah plans are going up in smoke. She’s always been the calm one, but maybe now’s the time to start freaking out...

Ages: 11+

354 pages

HarperCollins

Average Rating: (78 Ratings)

If you are debating whether to get this book or not ... go for it!!!!
Submitted 1/9/2020 by gabby2009

this is an amazing book and you totally should read it!!!!!

this book made me think about friendship and being jewish
Submitted 1/7/2020 by readanotherbook

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Awesome Book read it a million times
Submitted 1/6/2020 by FunnySwimmer

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was very inspiring and I learned more about friendship

Awesome
Submitted 1/6/2020 by ybrown328

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

You should read this book if you like summer camp

Submitted 1/5/2020 by msathlete

This book was very good. However, I would have preferred to have read the first book before reading this one, and it was a bit random to offer this book on PJ-Our-Way without the one before it.
I did find this book entertaining, and would recommend it to older kids on PJ-Our-Way as a good option.

AWESOME BOOK!
Submitted 1/5/2020 by Lula

I loved this book!

This is a great book about friendship! I really liked it! I really like the "list" idea in this book. I highly recommend this book.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/5/2020 by Singeranddancer

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was awesome. I could really relate to Ari because she goes to sleep-away camp.

THIS BOOK IS THE DEFINITION OF HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/5/2020 by EmmaEMB

I loved this book!

This book was so, so, so good! I read like a million times. A Must Read!

❤️❤️❤️ BEST BOOK EVER!! ❤️❤️❤️
Submitted 1/4/2020 by jbk

I loved this book!

This was an OUTSTANDING book! It made think more about friendship and other important things in life! I think this books age should be 10+ instead of 11+ because it teaches great lessons that should be taught earlier in life!

GREAT BOOK! So much DRAMA! SO relatable! A little girlish.
Submitted 1/4/2020 by Hufflepuff18

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book! It was a little girlish, but really relatable and funny! I totally recommend this book!

Great Book!
Submitted 1/3/2020 by BarbieFan10

This book made me think about friendship. Good book I recommend it. It also focuses a lot on Judaism.

AMAZING BOOK!
Submitted 1/3/2020 by soccerreader8

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was a great book! It is definitely one of my favorites. It made me think so much about the true importance of friendship. I loved it because I can relate to the main character Ari and how she misses her sleep-away camp every day. It made me look forward to camp and my Bat mitzvah. I would recommend this book if you like camp, or stories about accomplishing your goals. Definitely read!

Out of this universe
Submitted 1/2/2020 by HMCAmazing

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Great lessons! A must read!

Inspiring!
Submitted 1/2/2020 by PerfectPanda

My BFF and I are trying to do a list before we turn 11.
We both are obsessed with this book

This was an amazing book!
Submitted 1/2/2020 by PerfectPanda

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book had a very interesting storyline. I've read about 4-10 times. I am obsessed with it :)

Amazing Book!
Submitted 1/2/2020 by magicgals

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is my favourite book from PJ Our Way. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book about Judaism and friends.

NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/2/2020 by CSla188

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is a real page turner! I learned not to give up on people just because of 1 mistake. I also learned not to judge a book by it's cover.

CANT WAIT TO READ MOOOOORRRREEEEEE
Submitted 12/25/2019 by pandalover123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I ABSOLUTELY LOOOVVVVVEEEEDDDD dis book thought it was amazing and the characters where amazing thought there was a great plot.
even tho the review says age 11 i'm 9 and thought it was age appropriate for me and as you can see I loved it

best book #LisaGreenwald
Submitted 12/10/2019 by gabby2009

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This was the best book can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!!!!

An Awesome Book!
Submitted 12/9/2019 by sherylgroden

I loved this book!

This book was really well written, and funny too. It is a good book for 11-13 year olds who have bat mitzvahs coming up. I hadn't read 11 before 12 and it made perfect sense. I totally recommend this book!

So Good!!
Submitted 12/9/2019 by Crazymonkeygirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book because I could totally relate to Ari about camp and how when something reminds you of camp you can't stop talking about it. Luckily, though, me and best friend both go to camp and we understand how awesome it is to have another life outside of home. I loved this book and if anyone's not sure if they should read it, you definitely should!

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/8/2019 by CSla188

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book was probably one of my favorite books of all time!!!!!!! It was a lot of fun reading this book!!!!!!!

A bit sappy, but good
Submitted 12/7/2019 by Ilovemydog

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Ari is such a relatable character! I totally feel her stress and anger as well as her joy and longing. I would recommend this book, but if you don’t like sappy and girly books, choose another book.

pretty good
Submitted 12/5/2019 by gymnast2010

i liked this book because i go to jewish overnight camp and i could connect to it. however, it's not quite appropriate for younger kids. only reason it's not 5 stars in my book is it's really repetitive and melodramatic. otherwise, great book, great story line.

too girly!
Submitted 12/5/2019 by slothgirl

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book was alright but if you don't like shopping or sleepovers you wont like this book

This book is a must read!
Submitted 12/5/2019 by CupcakeFan

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

OMG, this book was SO GOOD! I read the first one in the series, this one, and then the last one because I liked them so much. AMAZING!

I love this book so much!
Submitted 12/5/2019 by haggadah

12 Before 13 by Lisa Greenwald is one of my favorite books! It was super well done. I love how it started with Arianna at camp. I like the list that they have to do. It's about friendship and Arianna's bat mitzvah! Kaylan is so funny.

BEST BOOK EVER
Submitted 12/4/2019 by EFH2211

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I recommend this book for teens and tweens and make sure to get "11 before 12" and "13 and counting" anyway this book is the best and I totally think you should get it!!!!

awesome book
Submitted 12/3/2019 by alimay2

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really like how they make a list every year.

DON'T READ THIS TRASH!!!!!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by pokemonfan1123

This book was just OK

Junky trash, I don't want to spoil the story, but on page 50, there's a kiss :(

written by a 4th grade kid

Great Read!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by ENDReader

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I TOTALLY recommend this book. It is definitely one of my faves and I hope to read "11 before 12" and "13 and Counting". I honestly don't think I've read a better book except "Small Medium at Large" by Joanne Levy, which I am just about to write a review for (but probably already have after you read this whoever you are) WHERE WAS I oh yeah, so I totally recommend this book as a pick. Do yourself a favor and select it already! What are you waiting for?!

Being a tween is hard!!!!!!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by jmc

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I can't believe that Ari survived!!! Life can be hard!!

BEST BOOK EVER
Submitted 12/3/2019 by cupcakesforme

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved the book! It was stupendous and I would recommend this book to everyone!

Totally Awesome!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by mjflipsover

Thumbs up!

This was a book that made you sad when you were close to the end. It is very relatable if you have gone to sleepaway camp or are about to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It is fun and makes you think. Once you start, you don't want to stop!

AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by Swiftiedancer

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I did not even know that there was a first one until the end, but I did not matter AT ALL!!! I was inspired to do a list like in the book with my friend...... And it is going great!!!

Awesome book!
Submitted 12/2/2019 by Ohanapecosh

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is the best book ever! It's one of my favorites. I shared it with my friends and they love it too!

Great book! Definitely recommend!
Submitted 12/2/2019 by BookMunch

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was a great book! It taught me not to lie to my family. Even though I didn't read the first book, this one still gets top marks. I want to read other books by this author.

I absolutely loved this book! ❤
Submitted 12/2/2019 by puppy4

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book so much that I borrowed the sequel, 13 and counting, from my local library. I recommend the same. I do think that I missed some things because I didn't read 11 before 12. Overall I do think that this is a good book and you should read it.

Great Book!!!!
Submitted 11/9/2019 by DrGary

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I highly recommend this book. Super awesome. No cursing. Great for all ages 7 and up.

Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/8/2019 by happygirl4ever

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

i loved this book it made me think more about friendship and family. It showed how middle school is and i thought it was great!!!!!

Not Awesome if you’re a tomboy like me
Submitted 11/8/2019 by gharary

This book was just OK

Too girly for me but if you like drama then read this.

good book
Submitted 11/8/2019 by MiddleMaje

I liked this book.

Submitted 11/7/2019 by KRH0917

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book and how to stay positive

OMG loved this book so much
Submitted 11/7/2019 by TacoBagel

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was literally the BEST book ever! If you like books about short romance, bat mitzvahs, friendships, and sleep away camp, then this book is TOTALLY for you. I would read more books by this author.

I loved this book! and want to read more by this author!
Submitted 11/6/2019 by slothgirl

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book was good but it was sort of girlish i dident like that part.

Pretty Good
Submitted 11/6/2019 by perfectpinkdancer

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was pretty good. The friendship problems were very realistic and they went into detail on the little things. 😉

great book, must read!!
Submitted 11/6/2019 by TheZqueen4real

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

i absolutely loved this book. even though i didn't read the first one, it was still a great book. it basically put characters in worse case scenarios and showed how they got through. i would recommend this book to anyone.

This book was one of the best books I've read
Submitted 11/6/2019 by TheCoolest123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s great to go Golfy go! Greatest book ever reeeeeeeaaaaaaaadddddd it.
Submitted 11/6/2019 by GideonRoxs

Great book made me think more about friendship
Submitted 11/5/2019 by fpopper

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book! If you go to summer camp I think you could totally relate to this story. Lots about friends and going to middle school. I would recommend this to anyone going into middle school!

This was a good book!
Submitted 11/5/2019 by mintgreen29

I loved this book!

I liked this book. It made for a bit of a slow read, but I still think it’s good. I think that this book would be perfect for kids either 12 or 13. Since I am younger, I don’t really get what Ari is going through. I think it would also be better if I had read 11 before 12. (Book before.) I do love the meaning of this book and how it teaches a lot about friendship. I do wish that they could have had more of the book take place on Camp Silver. Over all, thumbs up!

SO AWESOME!
Submitted 11/4/2019 by echubin

This book made me think more about friendship.

Very good. Love it so much. What a good friendship story. Ari has two groups of friends, one from camp and one from school, and is torn between them. She still has to finish a list with her BFF Kayla and on the list one of the things they need to do is keep their friendship strong. But that may not work. READ THIS BOOK!

DA BEST BOOK EVER!
Submitted 11/4/2019 by pinkie

I loved this book!

This book is da best I’ve ever read. #RecommendedByPinkie 😄😄😄

Nice Book!!
Submitted 11/4/2019 by BK123

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was interesting for me and it shared some things that could happen in real life but a good ending.

good
Submitted 11/4/2019 by msonic

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

liked this book

Submitted 11/3/2019 by readingisfundamental

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

so good!

bad book
Submitted 11/3/2019 by SCoolgirl08

Amazing!!!!!!
Submitted 11/3/2019 by lippylips

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was the best book ever!!!!!! I love that she had bat mitzvah

AMAZING
Submitted 11/3/2019 by Spellmaster

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really liked this book 📚 It was great 👍

The best book !!!
Submitted 11/2/2019 by Cupcake08

real
Submitted 11/2/2019 by campmassadgirl

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

this book made me the most excited for my bat mitzvah ever!

so amazing!
Submitted 11/2/2019 by alimay2

Not the best read
Submitted 11/2/2019 by Galitw

This book was just OK

This book was very simple and it was kinda predictable. There are so many stories with deeper meanings but personally this book was boring.

Bat mitzva dilemma!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/2/2019 by SpaceBookworm

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was cool
A bat mitzva and friendship dilemma, saved by her BFF!

Best book ever!👍
Submitted 11/1/2019 by gymnasticsgirl20

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is good for kids who are getting ready for their bat or bar mitzvah.

OMG SOOO GOOD!!!!!
Submitted 11/1/2019 by wasabird

I would definitely read this book again! Sooooo good!!!!!!

This book is great! I love it
Submitted 11/1/2019 by UWSgirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book is amazing! I love Lisa Greenwald. The book got me through my first few days of 5th grade. It sets a great example and made me and my best friend closer and I enjoyed reading it. I definitely recommended the book! You will love it!!

IT IS SSOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/30/2019 by Valerieconen

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

omg, this book is the best!!! I loved it, I especially loved the part about camp. I would totally agree. I went there over the summer( to a actual camp!) . Lisa Greenwald you are a total genius when it comes to writing! - M.I.B.

SO GOOD IT'S INDESCRIBABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/17/2019 by leveygirl

I love this book so much! It makes me really excited to try out summer camp next year. I love how descriptive the author is, and I could really connect with the main character.

Amazing
Submitted 10/15/2019 by Realisticfiction

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
Submitted 10/4/2019 by Nodram

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

You can't afford not to read this book. Reading it is like eating challah!

it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/2/2019 by reader89

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

you should totally get it it is girl fyi

I loved this book!
Submitted 9/8/2019 by greenbarani

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love how the author made it seem like it is just a regular middle school story, yet however you're actually learning a lot about life and the times to be nice to people and the times to ignore them. I just feel like this book is great and I totally recommend it to anyone who has friendship issues or just needs help in life and I just recommend it 'cause it's a great book.

So Meaningful
Submitted 9/5/2019 by ReadandDance

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is a GREAT BOOK for tweens and teens who are figuring out what being jewish means to them. It also has a wonderful message about friendship.

Best book!
Submitted 9/3/2019 by MiriamDenver

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I loved this book. I went to camp this summer and I felt I could relate to ari so much. I’m now reading the third and final book. I love Kalyan and aris friendship and I read the book wishing it would never end!
❤️Marley 7th grader

I love this book so much!
Submitted 9/1/2019 by pjlove

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I adored this book, I've read it at least a thousand times and every time I've loved it even more!

AMAZING!!!!
Submitted 9/1/2019 by j2740325

I loved this book!

This book is great and i loved it! You should read it too ! :3

Great book for tweens!
Submitted 8/31/2019 by NationalDesignTeam

This book is so good. I could really connect to it because I go to overnight camp. The characters are super relatable and have great personalities. If you like realistic fiction, you'll love this!

- Ariel, National Design Team

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Lisa Greenwald
Author of 12 Before 13


When Lisa Greenwald was in 8th grade, she won $1,000 in a radio contest! Now she’s an author, and she’s written twelve middle-grade books. Lisa lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met at Jewish summer camp when she was 16) and two daughters. Lisa loves sleeping late, wearing flip-flops and eating cheese omelets. She really doesn’t love peas, mean people, and uncomfortable shoes.

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