Beauty and the Beast, not just a Disney movie

I have lots of notes for a real blog post, but it will have to wait till I hand in the revisions for PI IN THE SKY, due in a week. So until then I just wanted to share this picture of a lovely cardboard display that a friend of mine snapped at his local Barnes & Noble store. All the books in the Twice Upon a Time series are here: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (brand new!) and the other two paperbacks, RAPUNZEL and SLEEPING BEAUTY. So if you’re looking for some funny books to take to camp, or the beach, or your backyard, or your front stoop, or wherever you like to read in the summer, look no further.





  1. Sarah on June 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m really excited to read your second and third Twice Upon A Time book! I will definitely be picking them up for summer reading πŸ™‚

  2. Catty on June 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    This movie, Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life sounds awesome
    ! I loved the book, and the guy that plays Jeremy is super cute:) You are an awesome person. Your book, Every Soul A Star is very inspirational. It encouraged me to do the unexpected for me. I love you Wendy Mass…as an author:)!

  3. Nya Etienne on June 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love your books, Wendy! You’re by far one of my favorite authors, and I LOVE !2 Finally. It’s kinda like me. I’m !0 and want a cell phone, but I have to wait until I’m 12. And I have to be 12 to walk in the mall with just a friend. I love the CandyMakers, too. I have a question-Does Daisy ever find out her last name? Any way, you inspire me SOOOO MUCH! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR BOOKS!

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 11:44 am

      Ha, great question. As of the end of CM2, she still doesn’t know her last name. If there’s ever a follow up, I’ll have to be sure to include that. it would be funny if it was a really common name, after all. So sorry for the delay in posting this, hope you’ve been great!! xo Wendy

  4. Emily on June 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi, Wendy! My name’s Emily and I LOVE your books. I once had a dream about meeting you in real life. Anyway, I just got an email from you this morning and I am so excited about The Jeremy Fink And The Meaning of Life movie!! I have netflix, and I am going to see about watching it today. Since my parents say I’m not quite old enough to read the Twice Upon A Time series yet, I am happy that you have published yet another wonderful book that I can read in the future. I am also thrilled about Pi Day, which my teacher, (a big fan of yours, too!) says she plans to read to my class next year when it comes out. I also can’t wait to read the next in the Willow Falls series, since 11 Birthdays was the first AMAZING book written by you. Again, I love all of your books and I hope you are having an awesome summer!
    From, your friend, Emily =)

    NOTE FROM WENDY: Hi Emily! You’re so sweet! I hope you enjoy the movie. The Twice Upon a Time books are actually the youngest of my books, suitable for 4th grade and up. (some 3rd grade teachers read them to their classes). Have a great summer, too!

    • RUNNER on August 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      what grade are u in? The book that I’m reading is the same book she’s talking about and I’m in 6’th grade it’s so far not to “Grown Up” for a 2’nd grade though any grade to read!

  5. caroline on June 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    hi wendy i just [literally today about 30 minitues ago] finished your book 11 birthdays.i read it in 3 days[thats a personal record] the only other book ive read by you is finally [which was also VERY good] but after i read 11 birthdays you became one of my favorite authors!!!! im planning on starting 13 gifts tonight and im probly going to love it. PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER BOOK IN THE WILLOW FALLS SERIES!!! i dont mean to sound so desperate but both of the other books were SO GOOD!! i like how you put angelina in all the books and made the setting in willow falls in all the books. please respond back to me wendy -caroline

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 2:44 pm

      Hi! I’m sure you’ve read the other books by now, and hope you liked them! If you see this, I’m sending a big hug and thank you for being you! :O) -Wendy

  6. River on June 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I love A Mango-Shaped Space. I am learning chinese and I know it has been translated, and would like to read it. Do you know where I could get it?

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Hi! I hope you’ve found it by now and had fun comparing the texts, very cool on learning Chinese!!

  7. Ishaana on June 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I know it doesn’t make sense that I posted this here(I also posted it on the 13 gifts page), but I thought maybe, there was a greater chance of you reading it here considering the one-hundred-something comments on the 13 gifts page, so here goes:

    I have a habit of becoming friends with writers, so I know better than to interfere with writers’ ideas, but I’m also not the best at keeping things to myself. I just thought it would be incredibly fantastic, if, perhaps, (I’m talking about the willow falls books btw) instead of continuing with new situations, we could start over (wow I used we…) with Leo and Amanda (you could change it, and make it from Leo’s pov maybe?). I’m DYING to know what’s up with the chalkboards, and I feel like I’ll lose the feel of the characters if there are too many involved with angela. I’m sure you’re already writing, but just a thought…

    ALSO! In this sci fi/fantasy/dystopian craze your books are some of the only incredible realistic(ish) fiction I’ve been able to find.

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 11:35 am

      HI! I finally wrote back to your last one, so sorry for the delay! I love your ideas, and wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve become a writer now1 xoxo Wendy

  8. Kendall on July 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Dear Wendy,

    You are my favourite author ever!!!!!!! Thank you for writing such amazing books! When I was watching the Jeremy Fink movie, I saw someone, and she looked sooo familliar. All of a sudden, I was like, “Hey, that’s Wendy Mass! I recognize her from her website!” Anyway, you’ve inspired me to write a book with my little brother. I wrote you a letter, I hope you can write back. Thank you so much!!


    • Wendy Mass on June 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

      You have a good eye! They asked me to play a Girl Scout leader. That is great that you and your little brother will write a book together. Happy Summer β˜€οΈ

  9. McKenna on July 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hi Wendy!! I totally LOVE your books. I think you are an AMAZING author! I just finished reading 13 Gifts and I am reading the twice upon a time series right now. I LOVED the 11 Birthdays and 12 Finally books. I was wondering if you were going to write another book with one of Tara’s friends turning 14. I also really want to read the Pi Day Book too because at my school we have a contest to see who can memorize the most pi digits. I also saw the Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life movie and I loved it! I love your books and can’t wait to read more!! Happy Fourth of July!!

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 11:31 am

      So glad you saw the movie! I don’t think I’ll have the kids turn 14 but they get close by the end of the series. Pi contests are so much fun! Greetings from far into the future from when you wrote this! xo, Wendy

  10. Grace on July 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Just finished “13 Wishes”! AWESOME book!!! After I finished it I immediately thought of the perfect title for a continuation of the “Willow Falls” series, if you decide to write one: 14 Wishes. You don’t have you use it; you’re the author,after all.

    • Wendy Mass on June 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

      So happy you loved 13 & thank you for the title idea! Happy Summer β˜€οΈ

  11. Maria Castellanos on July 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Wendy! You write my favorite books. Every Soul A Star is my all time favorite book and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is my second. I just finished watching that movie but as always I didn’t enjoy as much as the book but only because everybody has a picture in their head. Although it was simular, the characters where not what I would choose. I am actually rereading Every Soul A Star and I just keep loving it!

    • Wendy Mass on August 27, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      I understand about having pictures in your head. This is why I always try to read the books before the movies. I hope you enjoy the new Candymakers!

  12. Rachel on July 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hello, Wendy!!!
    Even though this doesn’t relate to your post, I just wanted to say that I absolutely ADORE your Willow Falls series and i can’t wait for the final book to come out! When it does, I’m going to call that sparta bookstore and ask for you to sign it! I have also read all of your other books and series, but the Willow Falls series is my favorte! I also want to tell you that you have inspired me to write a book. I’m almost done, but it’s going to be a lot shorter than your books- about 50 pages in all. Still, I am ecstatic! When it comes out, I will find a way to let you know about it! πŸ™‚ Someday, I hope to meet you! πŸ™‚

    ~ Rachel, your biggest fan!

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Hi, I’m sure I signed those books a long time ago so I’m glad we connected back then and I’m so sorry for not seeing this earlier. I hope I’ll get to hear how your own book turned out!! All my best! xo Wendy

  13. Mary on July 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I bought the first 2 and I will certainly read the 3rd soon!

    • Wendy Mass on August 25, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you!

  14. Ashley on July 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    I woke up really early this morning just so I could finish the book A Mango Shaped Space. Can I just say wow!!! Every time i read one of your books I fall in love with each and every one of them. It is no joke that I have never read a better book than one of yours. When you wrote that Mia woke up with mustard taste in her mouth at the end of the book, I immidiatly thought about how Mango was probably really proud of Mia and so was her Grandpa.
    Your books are so inspirational and i hope you continue being the most outstanding writer that you are!
    P.S~ I have already read 11 Birthdays, Finally, 13 Gifts, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and now A Mango shaped space!!! Now I can pick up another one of your books, I am so excited πŸ™‚ Sincerely,
    Ashley B.

    • Alice on September 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      ikr! I’ve read of of them, and so far, mango shaped space was my favorite one and very inspirational!:D It was a very sad book that made me cry. I wonder how you write books so sad and very great and very inspirational and so good I finish it in less than a day!

      Keep writing!

    • bob stuewart on December 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Dear Wendy Mass,
      I do not get your book beauty and the beast the only one who didn’t run away. can you explain it to me? It would be so wonderful!!! Thank you!!:):)

      love, bob s.

  15. Ashley on July 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Hi again just finished Leap Day today, it was an amazing story and i related really well with Josie. Thanks for writing such great books!!! πŸ™‚
    Ashley B.

  16. Grace on July 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Wendy! I once heard a recording of you saying that you have wanted to be a writer since you were 12. I am 11, And I have ALWAYS Wanted to be a writer! I have read all but 2 of your books. They inspire me to write! They were out of my 6.9 – 9.9 AR (Accelarated Reader)Range, But I didnt care! My Librarian always tells me FIRST Whenever she gets a new Wendy Mass book! I write you letters and read your blog. You really inspire me to write. I also want to say that I LOVE That you use main characters from the older birthday books as background chacters in the following books! Very Crafty! This year, When I ran out of your books, I didnt read for a month! I almost went CRAZY! I REALLY Hope that someday I can meet you, It would mean the world to me! I also think that the exciting plots of your books are very amusiong! I hope one day that I am an extraordinary writer just like you! When I say I really am your #1 Fan, I Mean it!
    Your Fan across the country,
    Grace Tobin

    • Wendy Mass on June 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Grace! I think that is so cool you heard a recording of the interview. A writer can sometimes wonder who is listening. Thank you for caring so much for the stories I write. It means a lot to me! Stay cool this summer. β˜€οΈ

  17. Victoria on July 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    I love your books sooo much! I finished Beauty and the Breast just the other day and I loved it! You should totally write more Twice Upon a Time books! Have you thought about doing Cinderella? I was also a little curious if you knew that you have not updated the β€˜Books’ page on your website since publishing Beauty and the Beast? I cannot wait until the next Willow Falls series book comes out! I really love your books! Have a great summer! And keep writing great books!

  18. Layna on July 25, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Hey Wendy! I absolutely love 13 Gifts! i’ve read it 3 times already! you are a great writer, and it is amazing how you can make the characters relate so much to regular 13 year olds. (even though they don’t live in a normal town.) i can twit to read the rest of your books. i absolutely love reading, and your books just add to that. THank you again for writing these amazing books. πŸ™‚

  19. Eleni on July 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wendy is there going to be a another book after 11 birthdays, Finally and 13 gifts because I love those books? My whole summer reading list is full of your books.

  20. Sienne on August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Wendy, you are such an amazing author! You’re one of my all time favorites, and a great inspiration to me. So, I have I question, and you probably see this question about a billion times a day, but are you planning on releasing a 14-something book in the Will Falls series? These are my favorite books by you so far (Although I’m very excited to read Pi in the Sky!), and I’ve been anticipating the next books release since I read 13 gifts. All of your books are absolutely amazing!

  21. Kate on August 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    And I forgot to mention: When I grow up I want to be a writer!

    • Wendy Mass on August 25, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you for all of your thoughtful and fun letters! You will love being a writer!

  22. meera on August 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I have not yet read this series yet but i am looking forward to try it! I love the books i have read from you, the willow falls series which i am very exicted about ( you responded to my comment in your blog post 13 gifts) i also want to read some of your other books like pi in the sky, heaven is like a mall and leap year. Thank you and keep writing!

  23. taylor on September 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    love all your books

  24. McKenna on November 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Dear Wendy,
    I luv your books (twice upon a time series) and I was hoping that you could write a lot more. I have a little sister and we found all of these princesses you could write about…… Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, Pocahontas,Kida (from Atlantis),Mulan, Kilala, Tiana, Anastasia, Maid Marian, Megara, Mei, Melody (from the little mermaid 2) and Alice (she is not a princess but it would still be fun to write about!). If you do take my ideas I will be dying to read them. You truly inspire me!!

  25. Brailey on December 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I know it’s so late to comment on this, but I’m just now finding out about this book, and I absolutley have to get it! I read the first and second ones and loved them. Keep writing these, please!

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  27. Carolyn on June 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    Could you pretty, pretty please make another Twice Upon a Time book. I have read the 1st, 2nd and I’m finishing up the 3rd and they are beyond awesome. Those books are well worth the read. So could you PLEASE write another one? You are a wonderful author.

    • Wendy Mass on June 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Carolyn–Another Twice Upon a Time book is in the works..stay tuned! so glad you like them! :o) Wendy

      • Christiana on October 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        You should keep writing them us 11-teens love them so you got my attention there hope it comes out soon I am dying just waiting you should be spontaneous with this next one

  28. Alivia on July 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Dear Wendy Mass,

    I love the Twice Upon a Time Books! I’ve read all of them I can’t find any other books more exciting than your books:) I’ve read 11 Birthdays but I am not aloud too read the rest of willow falls books until next summer πŸ™ so I hope you write more twice upon a time books! oh and have you considered Snow white or princess and the frog.

    Love Alivia O. (My name rely Olivia with an a )

  29. Christiana on October 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I am a big fan I hope you will come out with several new twice opon a time book maybe even the princess and the frog ,Cinderella,Alice in wonder land ,Aladdin , Snow White, maybe Pinocchio

  30. Madeline on January 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Your books are great!!! I really hope you write more Twice Upon a Time books!! That is my favourite series that you’ve written. I also enjoy the Willow Falls series.

  31. kindle on January 27, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I love all your books their so awsome

  32. Skyler on April 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I love the the twice upon atime series! I have all 3! I enjoy them a lot, im reading beauty and the beast now. I’ve already read the other 2. I would really like too read more so if you ever have extra time I would enjoy it if you could write some more books to the twice upon a time series,or a number 2 to the the books in your series now. I really love your twice upon a time series!

    P.S.- I think that sleeping beauty was my favorite! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Wendy Mass on April 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      There may be one more down the road…a bit far down the road, but i hope so! they are a lot of fun to write so i’m so glad you like them!

      • Sienna on December 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

        I love your books I love beauty and the beast it is so amazing keeps writing books your fantastic at writing always write never stop bye

  33. Hannah on July 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    I just read all of the Twice Upon a Time books for the second time. I literally just finished Beauty and the Beast 5 minutes ago. Your writing is so captivating! I am actually trying to write a fiction book myself, and your writing is totally inspiring! When I was in 6th grade I did a report on you because I had already read most of your books and loved them. πŸ™‚ Please write another Twice Upon a Time book! I love them!

    Your inspired fan,

  34. Emily Nowicki on February 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I LOVE Beauty and the best????????????????????

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