E Book Gifts After a failed attempt to steal a stuffed goat from the vice principal s office ends in the vice principal getting pepper sprayed and soon to be thirteen year old Tara suspended for th
E-Book 13 Gifts After a failed attempt to steal a stuffed goat from the vice principal's office ends in the vice principal getting pepper-sprayed and soon-to-be-thirteen-year-old Tara suspended for the final two weeks of the year (in an attempt to fit in with other kids her age, Tara refuses to give up her accomplices), Tara is exiled to the small town of Willow Falls to spend her summer. This is instead of going with her parents to Madagascar to study the lemur, something she had been looking forward to doing.Tara's luck goes from bad worse to when she's robbed of the money her parents gave her for the summer and her mother's prized iPod while on the train to the Willow Falls. Not wanting to admit the failure to her parents or her aunt and uncle, Tara takes matters into her own hands, stealing a rare issue of The Fantastic Four from her uncle's collection and trying to sell it at the local curiosity shop. The mysterious proprietor refuses to buy it because she can't pay what the comic is worth and she's the one who sold to her uncle. Instead, Tara is forced to accept a deal where she collects 13 different items from the people of the town and brings them to the store before her thirteenth birthday. If she does that, all will be forgotten. If not, her uncle will be made aware of her theft.Until this point, Tara has been the kind of girl who is willing to shrink into the background. Since her only experience of trying to fit in involved the theft of a goat, she's not exactly eager to try fitting in again. But she soon finds a group of friends in Willow Falls who are not only willing to stand by her but also to help her find all thirteen items on the list and even to pull off something a bit more magical for the small town and Tara.13 Gifts is a fun young adult novel with an intriguing first-person narrator and some interesting twists and turns. I listened to this one as an audio book and it helped the miles go by a bit more happily as I jogged and helped pass the time as I did chores around the house. Wendy Mass throws in some intriguing mysteries to Tara's visit to Willow Falls and pays all of them off by the novel's end. From my understanding this is the third in a series of novels set in Willow Falls. And while there are callbacks to previous novels, the novel is self-contained enough that you can read it without feeling lost if you missed the first two. I will say that having listened to this one, I'm intrigued enough by the characters and the setting to want to try another in the series. . 13 Gifts am Kindle 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 BambWendy 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. Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango Shaped Space which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association , Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled Mr Monk Goes to the Theatre, which aired during the show s second season She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey.. Popular Book 13 Gifts First of all, it was awesome. I just have to say that. It was really, really good. I got it from the library because I liked reading 11 Birthdays and Finally, and love Wendy Mass's writing style. The cover is eye-catching, and the blurb was enough to catch my interest. (Let me just point out that the blurb on my book is different than the one on this webpage. As a fencer & self-proclaimed math geek, I take issue with the statement that Emily is bratty. She totally isn't, and the book makes that clear. Anyway...) To the book. I loved Tara's character - I could completely relate to it. One of the things I love about this series is that the books aren't all centered around one or two kids; instead, they're centered around the whole town. I would recommend reading this immediately after 11 Birthdays and Finally, though, because Mass alludes to the plots of those two books many times, and I guarantee you'll be completely lost if this is the first book of the series that you read. It made me laugh out loud, not once, not twice, but at least five times! I love books that can do that without being Dear Dumb Diaries or comic books. The plot was engaging and had lots of twists and turns. As a reader, I tend to latch on to little details and make sure they're consistent through the whole book. I've found so many inconsistent plots...but I couldn't find a single one in this. Bottom line: I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read.