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13 Gifts [Download] ➼ 13 Gifts ➻ Wendy Mass – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday 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 Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthdayWhen 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 turningafter 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 th birthday It s not a typical birthday But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 357 pages
  • 13 Gifts
  • Wendy Mass
  • 15 September 2017

About the Author: Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the author of twenty two novels for young people, including A Mango Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series 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.



10 thoughts on “13 Gifts

  1. Molly Harnish Molly Harnish says:

    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 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 plotsbut 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

  2. Michael Michael says:

    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 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 bitmagical 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 bithappily 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

  3. Lauren Lauren says:

    13 Gifts by Wendy Mass was by far the best in the 11 Birthdays series Every one is the series has its own amazing plot, but this book, being the last in the series had all the answers to the previous books in it, and made everything tie together in a perfect way This book was indubitably about growing up, fitting in, and learning from mistakes, which most teen books are about, but Wendy Mass puts it together so perfectly it doesn t seem like a meaningless book about teenagers mistakes It is a 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass was by far the best in the 11 Birthdays series Every one is the series has its own amazing plot, but this book, being the last in the series had all the answers to the previous books in it, and made everything tie together in a perfect way This book was indubitably about growing up, fitting in, and learning from mistakes, which most teen books are about, but Wendy Mass puts it together so perfectly it doesn t seem like a meaningless book about teenagers mistakes It is a long journey, and a journey, Tara, the main character, will never forger, nor will the reader This could be one of my favorite books ever read, but we will see about that I recommend this book to anyone of any age, whether they enjoy teen fiction, comedy, adventure, or just reading in general

  4. Elsa Elsa says:

    13 gifts, by Wendy mass, is a wonderful fiction novel in the 11 birthday series This book is about a girl named Tara who moves away from her home to her cousins house is Willow falls Willow falls is an average town with unaverage people The oldest woman there, Angelina DeAngelo, is the most strange of all Something odd happens to a couple other kids on their birthday, and they know it has to do with Angelina When Tara arrives, she meets Amanda, Leo, and Rory She immediately becomes there f 13 gifts, by Wendy mass, is a wonderful fiction novel in the 11 birthday series This book is about a girl named Tara who moves away from her home to her cousins house is Willow falls Willow falls is an average town with unaverage people The oldest woman there, Angelina DeAngelo, is the most strange of all Something odd happens to a couple other kids on their birthday, and they know it has to do with Angelina When Tara arrives, she meets Amanda, Leo, and Rory She immediately becomes there friends Then One day Tara is broke and tries to sell one of her uncles comic book collections But, Angelina stops her Tara begs for her not to tell her uncle Angelina says yes, on one condition She gives Tara a list Find all these So Tara sets off to find 13 odd things on the list.I really enjoyed this book because of the details Mass didn t put too much so it was boring, but enough that would keep me interested An example is The duck shaped birthmark wiggled as she talked, as if it was trying to say something This was easy to understand and it was short and easy to read Slowly creeping into the collection room, I waited until my uncle was gone, when the door creeks and practically rams into my face That was another example of when Mass took a intense moment and made it really short, yet detailed I had found it, the last one of the things on the list I also really enjoyed how Mass took an exiting moment and summed up the characters feelings so the sentence doesn t drone on and on and on I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read series because to have this book make sense, you will need to read the two books before it

  5. Jordyn Jordyn says:

    Book Review Who wouldn t want to get thirteen gifts on their thirteenth birthday Everyone does, including soon to be thirteen year old Tara Brennan, until she meets the strangest person of all Angelina D Angelo, in the strange town of Willow Falls This exciting realistic fiction tale Thirteen Gifts by Wendy Mass will make you feel as if you are Tara yourself Tara and her friends strike a deal with Angelina, just so she can get a new iPod If Tara doesn t get Angelina everything on her list b Book Review Who wouldn t want to get thirteen gifts on their thirteenth birthday Everyone does, including soon to be thirteen year old Tara Brennan, until she meets the strangest person of all Angelina D Angelo, in the strange town of Willow Falls This exciting realistic fiction tale Thirteen Gifts by Wendy Mass will make you feel as if you are Tara yourself Tara and her friends strike a deal with Angelina, just so she can get a new iPod If Tara doesn t get Angelina everything on her list by her thirteenth birthday, bad things will start to happen as Tara falls deeper into Angelina s birthday trap One thing that I really liked about this book was the way the author made you feel as if you were Tara yourself Tara s story seems so real, that it makes you think that you are in her situation to Tara is much like the average twelve and a half year old girl, but anyone in middle school would enjoy this book I also enjoyed the setting in this book Willow falls is a very strange place that has many strange things going on Even Tara s friend says so Is Willow Falls what you expected What about the people here Has anyone, surprised you I know I was definitely surprised by this book, and it was so good that I would rate it five out of five stars I bet you will to when you pick up a copy and read Thirteen Gifts

  6. Caitlyn Scott Caitlyn Scott says:

    I really liked this book because it was full of mystery At the end of the book everything really came together and made sense of why certain things happened Can t wait to read the next book in the series

  7. Keida Avdo Keida Avdo says:

    This book was a very interesting book, and I could read it over and over again You could say you will read it for only twenty minutes and end up reading it for over two hours It really is a hand down great book, and I hope you go and check this book out.

  8. Josiah Josiah says:

    Our actions have long lasting consequences, of which we often have no knowledge They ripple far out into the universe Angelina D Angelo, 13 Gifts, P 126 If everyone waited to do something good until they had purely unselfish motivations, no good would ever get done in the world The point is to do it anyway Angelina D Angelo, P 305 Wendy Mass has really done something special in creating the Willow Falls series Though 11 Birthdays stands out to me as the best of the first three boo Our actions have long lasting consequences, of which we often have no knowledge They ripple far out into the universe Angelina D Angelo, 13 Gifts, P 126 If everyone waited to do something good until they had purely unselfish motivations, no good would ever get done in the world The point is to do it anyway Angelina D Angelo, P 305 Wendy Mass has really done something special in creating the Willow Falls series Though 11 Birthdays stands out to me as the best of the first three books, all of them have a deep, rare sense of genuine community about them, the feel that just by reading the stories we have been a part of something important, the beginning and progression of new friendships and the completion of dramas that may have started decades ago, but are only now finding their natural conclusions 13 Gifts and the other two books in the Willow Falls series up to this point have a depth of feeling to the stories and the characters who inhabit them that make one pause as the end of each book nears, regretting that soon the story and the people we ve met in it will have ended for us, and it isn t a finish we re in any hurry to reach Such real feelings aren t brought to life by every book one reads, of course the author capable of engendering such reactions has a rare gift, indeed, and Wendy Mass is one of the best among her contemporaries in this respect As with A Mango Shaped Space, Every Soul a Star, Finally and other novels she has written, 13 Gifts takes us into the heart of a small community of people who slowly grow close knit over time, surprising us by just how attached we ve become to them by the end of the story, and delivers an energetic, contemplative piece of literature in the process It s no wonder I ve become such a fan of Wendy Mass s writing Sometimes people, when they re on the brink of getting what they really want, they decide they don t want it any Bettie, 13 Gifts, P 264 In her own hometown, Tara Brennan, twelve going on thirteen, doesn t have much of a presence Of course, she s never really had time to establish herself, as she and her parents have moved repeatedly over the course of her life Tara hasn t had much luck gaining friends wherever they ve lived, but when a stunt she pulls to ingratiate herself to some other girls in school backfires, she finds herself banished to the small town of Willow Falls while her parents travel to Africa for the summer Willow Falls is where Tara s Aunt Bethany lives with her own family, so Tara won t be on her own, but having never before visited Willow Falls or her relatives there makes the coming summer one that s sure to be awkward There s nowhere else on Earth like Willow Falls, that s for sure, and strange occurrences seem to beset Tara as soon as she boards the train for her destination The people of Willow Falls, however, are as immediately welcoming and accommodating as Tara possibly could have expected Even the kids her age, who everywhere she s lived until now would have ignored her and treated her like an outsider, accept Tara as part of their group immediately, as if she had been integral to their circle of friends for years Though some of them do exhibit traits of unusual behavior which we learn the full explanations for in 11 Birthdays and Finally, but which are also explained adequately in this book for anyone reading 13 Gifts first , Leo, Amanda, David and Rory quickly form an uncommonly strong friendship with Tara, who finds it difficult to hold them at arm s length as she s always done with the kids she s met throughout her life There never seemed much point to her in making close friends, as there was sure to be another move for her and her parents coming around the corner Tara would then find herself again uprooted, just as she knows even now that she ll be leaving Willow Falls at the end of the summer But these new friends of hers seem so genuine, even springing into action to help Tara when a little mixup in her travel funds leads her to haplessly incur a curious sort of debt that can t exactly be paid with cash Finding herself working for the esoteric Angelina D Angelo in exchange for the old woman s discretion in regard to a minor pilfering incident, Tara has to zip all around town looking for a set of thirteen specific objects to bring to Angelina Moreover, she has to complete her task within a month, and isn t given any clues as to where the objects might be located, only that they are somewhere within the confines of Willow Falls Truly, this task would be a virtually impossible one were it not for Tara s surprising gang of new friends, who willingly and enthusiastically sacrifice their hours of summer freedom to join in Tara s strange scavenger hunt, scouring the town for any sign of the objects needed to complete her quest As the search commences, Tara learns there s a lotto Willow Falls than meets the eye Her new friends have their own secret histories with Angelina D Angelo, part of the reason for the particular odd personal traits they exhibit, and there just may be a connection between their shared past with Angelina and what she has asked them each to do Yet behind it all, Tara recognizes a certain trust in her friends toward Angelina, the surety that whatever her overarching plan happens to be will be good for everyone involved, and so Tara, too, comes to trust that there is a higher purpose to the madness of her being told to run all over town looking for thirteen ostensibly unrelated objects Only when she s through with the job will Tara have all the pieces she needs to figure out the real reason behind Angelina s strange mandate, and it might lead her far from where she thought she was being led I ve learned that if you wait long enough, you might get a second chance at something you gave up on And sometimes you ll be the one to give the second chance to someone else 13 Gifts, PP 338 339 As a stranger in town, Tara at first has no way of knowing what to expect from her extended family and the other residents of Willow Falls She has been on her own for so long, learning not to depend on anyone too much because all her friendships are destined to eventually be broken up by her family s moving, but the seared fa ade she brings with her to Willow Falls begins to be healed so quickly by the reception she receives that the effects are remarkable This group of friends that have known each other so long, with every reason to tighten their circle against the world and not present anyentry points where a new friend or two might slip in and truly become part of the group, are instead as welcoming of Tara as if they knew all along that she belonged there, even before they d ever heard her name or found out she was coming to Willow Falls To be met with this sort of sincere personal openness is exactly what Tara needed to have a chance of finding an emotional home in Willow Falls, because all her past experience had taught her not to reach out in any way, and only an extraordinary dose of friendship without reason or reservation could have broken through her defenses to make her think that returning the affection was the right response And so, drawn into a small town among other kids who immediately become her friends and include her in on the continuity of their past and present together, Tara becomes part of the magic of Willow Falls, the magic of understanding who she really is, who her friends are and how they can go about getting out there and actually changing the world for the better, taking the opportunities to do good when they come around despite the discomfort and loneliness of a past that hasn t always left her feeling as if she could be an important member of this world As David puts it, the world is broken up into pieces, andit s up to everyone to help put it all back together It s about recognizing the spark of life in everyone and everything, and gluing those shards back together Tara is beginning to realize that a life spent in passivity, not taking risks and moving around out there where one can be damaged and suffer injury, is not worth being lived at all The rewards of a life tangled up inextricably in the lives of others is where one finds real meaning, and as Tara steps definitely onto the field of play, she learnsabout herself than ever before I suppose there are just some lessons one can t grasp without the help of others 13 Gifts is a really nice book, wise and sweet and emotionally honest and always, always engaging, drawing readers toward the playing field of life even as Tara comes to understand that it s the only place to be It seems that every time I read one of Wendy Mass s books I experience a story that will always hold a special place in my heart, filled with characters, ideas and events that help me understand myself better and really want to becomea part of the world around me 13 Gifts is another one of these special books, a novel to remind us all of the magic of life and of our world as a whole, and what it can mean when we choose to fully participate in it In Tara s own words, I ve learned that the sidelines may be safer, but life is played on the field I would definitely give at least two and a half stars to 13 Gifts, and I recommend it for any and all readers who enjoy a good work of life affirming literature

  9. Emma Chaussee Emma Chaussee says:

    The realistic fiction book called 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass, is one of many great books in this series In this book, the main character Tera goes for the summer to a little town called Willow Falls Her thoughts about this change are very negative, she thinks it will be horrible, until she meets some very important people along the way Tera is staying with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Sooner then she thinks, she meet some new friends that she becomes very close to Tera s bad decision takes her o The realistic fiction book called 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass, is one of many great books in this series In this book, the main character Tera goes for the summer to a little town called Willow Falls Her thoughts about this change are very negative, she thinks it will be horrible, until she meets some very important people along the way Tera is staying with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Sooner then she thinks, she meet some new friends that she becomes very close to Tera s bad decision takes her on a goose chase that involves trying to find 13 items on a list to repay her dues before her 13th birthday that is in a week Her new friends Rory, David, Lio, and Amanda are willing to help her in any way possible But, my favorite character David, starts to have very strong feelings for Tera, which changes everything I could never relate to Tera s experience because I have never left my parents for a whole summer before But I am very close to my cousins I also have great friends who would do anything to help me I really liked this book, my favorite part was when they searched the whole town to find every thing on the list, but result in a Huge change of events I don t have a least favorite part of this book If I could change a part, I would have Tera s parents bea part of the story because almost the whole time they were in Madagascar for their job If I could change the ending, I would like to know what really happens to the children now that they have grown up I would recommend this book to you if you like realistic fiction books that also have a little bit of a mystery within them If you read this I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

  10. Madilyn Madilyn says:

    Star Rating 4.25 starsPlot 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 Fal Star Rating 4.25 starsPlot 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 Goodreads description What I Liked I WAS ABLE TO FINISH THIS BY 11 59 MAKING IT MY 8TH BOOKTUBEATHON BOOK so I liked that I liked this one WAY better than the first 2 It was really good, and I enjoyed all the reference from the past books What I Didn t Umm I can t really think of anything off the top of my head I guess I didn t like that Tara was trying to steal a goat in order to make friends Or that she stole from her uncle even though she brought it back Overall Opinion It was great A super quick read, took me 3 4 hours Very enjoyable, and like I said before, I liked it better than the first 2 Maybe cuz the characters were older I m not really sure why I liked itRecommendation 10 and up

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