13 Gifts

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13 Gifts

By Wendy Mass

Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545310031, 341pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011


Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

When Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, steals the school mascot, a goat, in order to make some friends with the popular crowd and gets caught, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. In addition, her parents decide that instead of taking her on their summer trip to Madagascar to study the courtship rituals of the Bamboo Lemur, she must go stay with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin Emily St. Claire in Willow Falls. Tara thinks it's a good time to start over; she'll be turning 13 after all, so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a non-criminal manner). What Tara doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday. It's not a typical birthday. But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical!

About the Author
Wendy Mass has written several non-fiction books and short stories for magazines, and has also co-founded a teenage literary magazine, Writes of Passage. She graduated from Tufts University and earned an M.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach, and a Doctorate of Letters from Drew University. She is also the author of Leap Day.

Praise For 13 Gifts

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Praise for 11 Birthdays

* A fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics.” Booklist, starred review

* Girls will relate to Amanda's insecurities, and the confidence and insights she gains will resonate.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Finally

Finally is a treata delicious story about fitting in, falling down, and growing up. Wendy Mass has done it again!”Rebecca Stead, Newbery award winner of When You Reach Me

Finally will have readers laughing, nodding in agreement, and sighing in sympathy as they follow Rory's tale of reaching 12.”Teensreadtoo.com