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13 Gifts: A WISH Novel

By Wendy Mass   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545310048 Paperback
352 Pages | 5.3" x 7.57" | Ages 8 to 12

Great friendships and first crushes — WISH books are for the tweens who love stories with heart!

Welcome back to Willow Falls, where anything is possible and nothing is at it seems!

Tara’s parents send her to the sleepy town of Willow Falls to stay with relatives she hardly knows, including her strange younger cousin Emily. Tara quickly learns that Emily isn’t even remotely the strangest person in town.

In fact, Tara finds herself beholden to perhaps the strangest person of all: Angelina D’Angelo. If Tara can’t collect thirteen mysterious objects for the old woman in time for her thirteenth birthday, the consequences will be REALLY BAD. With a big dose of birthday magic, Tara’s adventures take her and her new friends to places they never thought they’d find, some in the real world, and a lot deep inside themselves.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for 13 Gifts

*"Mass keeps the plot jumping like a fireworks display; there's one surprise spark after another, all coming together at the end for a breathtaking finale." -School Library Journal, starred review

"In equal parts philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike." -Kirkus

Praise for Finally

"Rory's chatty, friendly voice and relentless optimism in the face of her many mishaps are heartwarming." -Publishers Weekly

"Growing up doesn't have to happen all at once, and it isn't always all it's cracked up to be . . . Mass provides a pretty entertaining and solidly worthwhile read." -Kirkus

Praise for 11 Birthdays

*"From the double-entendre title to the solid character portrayals to the clarity and wit of the writing, this novel offers a fresh twist on the familiar themes of middle-grade family and school dynamics." -Booklist, starred review

*"Mass's expertise with pacing keeps the story moving at a lively clip, and her understanding of this age group is as finely honed as ever." -Publishers Weekly, starred review