Leap Day

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Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 6, 2006
Pages: 224
ISBN13: 978-0316058285


Sixteen-year-old Josie Taylor was born on Leap Day, February 29, and today is her fourth real birthday, full of birthday surprises, a school play audition, her driver’s test, a scavenger hunt, and the secret sweet-sixteen initiation at the lake. Like any average teenager, sometimes she wonders what other people are thinking. But today it’s the reader who gets to find out, by “leaping” into the minds and viewpoints of Josie and everyone around her, changing your assumptions of people forever.


Leap Day was a Junior Library Guild selection, made the Texas Taysha List, and was chosen for the International Reading Association’s (IRA) Young Adult Choices List for 2006.

"Mass's book is a unique portrayal of what motivates people, and it will satisfy readers' gossip fetish as it sparks their interest in the others around them."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Nosey parkers will have a blast finding out what people are really thinking (as opposed to what Josie thinks they're thinking) and what happens to them years from now."
The Horn Book

"Mass is becoming known for the creative way she sees a typical teenager's life...[she] has a talent for turning the ordinary into an utterly unique experience. Josie and everyone around her are realistically drawn and revealed. Mass even peeks into the future of some of these characters—a delightful treat. Don't miss this one."