13 gifts / by Wendy Mass.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011Edition: 1st edISBN: 9780545310031 (jacketed hardcover : alk. paper); 0545310032 (jacketed hardcover : alk. paper); 9780545384940 (pbk.); 054538494XOther title: Thirteen giftsSubject(s): Collectors and collecting -- Juvenile fiction | Youth -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Cousins -- Juvenile fiction | Paranormal fictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.M42355 | Aag 2011Summary: Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.
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Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.
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School Library Journal ReviewGr 6-8-Tara is a misfit in her middle school. In an effort to be accepted, she tries to steal the school's mascot, a goat, which results in her suspension and her parents sending her to their hometown to spend the summer with relatives while they are off doing research on the courtship rituals of the Bamboo Lemur in Madagascar. Tara barely knows these relatives, and she faces the same problem in Willow Falls that she did back home-not fitting in. After a visit to the local second-hand shop, Tara takes on a quest to find 13 objects around town, although she's not sure why the woman wants them. The quest, though, brings Tara together with her cousin Emily's friends and she's not an outsider any longer. But what do these objects represent? The mystery behind all of this is revealed bit by bit throughout the book as Tara begins to feel like Willow Falls is where she belongs. Kathleen McInerney's reading of Wendy Mass's novel (Scholastic, 2011) is pitch perfect and delivered in a straightforward manner, helping to make this somewhat unlikely story believable. A perfect choice for middle school girls.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsWendy Mass was born in Livingston, New Jersey on January 17, 1967. She received a B. A. in English from Tufts University. She worked as a book editor at numerous publishing houses in New York City and Connecticut and co-created a teenage literary magazine called Writes of Passage. She has written several nonfiction books for teenagers including Stonehenge, Readings on Night, John Cabot: Early Explorer, and Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her fiction books include Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Finally, and The Candymakers. A Mango-Shaped Space won the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in 2004. She 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.
(Bowker Author Biography)