17. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

13 Gifts by Wendy Mass, 304 pages, read by Angie, on 09/14/2012

A school prank leads Tara into trouble and exclusion from her parents’s trip to Madagascar. Instead she is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin in Willow Falls. Along the way all her money is stolen and she finds that she needs a way to make it back during the summer. This leads to an encounter with Angelina, the mysterious proprietor of the junk shop in town. Angelina sends Tara on a quest to collect 13 objects. With the help of her new friends Tara sets off on a quest that will change the town.

So not having read 11 Birthdays or Finally, I didn’t know the back story for some of these characters or the town of Willow Falls. I don’t think that makes a huge difference though. You can enjoy this book on its own or as part of the series. I thought this was a fun read. Tara and the other kids in Willow Falls are great characters. I liked the magical adventure aspect of this story. And the conclusion was a great way to tie everything together. I might have to check out the other Wendy Mass books about Willow Falls because this is definitely a fun tween read.

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