13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
4 out of 5 stars
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!
What I Thought:
This book is great for girls ages 10-15. Wendy Mass has made yet another incredibly relate-able, funny, and very entertaining masterpiece.
This book had those perfect a-ha moments (you know, when you feel awesome because you figured out what the villain had been up to all the time, just before the main character does) where all the pieces of the puzzle fit in.
"13 Gifts" also showed the importance of family and friends, and how family you haven't seen in a while isn't always as bad as you think they are.
I loved this book and can't wait for the next in the, 11 Birthdays Series.