13 Treasures Hot
A remarkable debut novel from a new voice across the pond (England). 13 Treasures is truly a treasure of a book. Tanya's mother forces her to go to her grandmother's spooky family estate far from the city. Tanya thinks the old mansion is creepy and overgrown and especially can't stand being around Fabian, the estate manager's son. At least her mother allowed her to take her trusted dog Oberon with her.
Soon, the house's dark side is revealed and Tanya is given a charm bracelet with 13 weird charms. A gypsy woman, considered a witch by townsfolk, gives Tanya a strange compass that seems to be broken.
Fairies, good and bad, want Tanya to come to Hangman's Wood. With Fabian's help, Tanya hopes to solve her family's mystery, fix its tainted past and free herself forever from the fairies.
Harrison has a gift for setting and tone. For example when describing Tickey End (love that name for a town) Harrison writes, "It was also the kind of town where everybody knew everybody, and if you were a stranger curtains would twitch as you walked past."
Masterful storytelling! 13 Treasures is a quick read--a real page-turner. Readers who love mystery, gothic elements, fairy tales, and things that go bump in the night will love this tale. 368 pages
Highly, highly recommended: grades 6-10.
Recommended by Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist
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As a 6th Grade Language Arts teacher, I am always in search of books to interest my students. I read both this book and its sequels, "Thirteen Curses", in about 2 days. They were fun, fast-paced, and not too complicated. There were elements of fantasy, mystery, and adventure all mixed into one quick read. I recommended these books to my students, and those who took me up were not disappointed. They eagerly read each book and were sad when I told them "Thirteen Secrets" would not be out in the U.S. until summer. But now they have something to look forward to reading. I highly recommend this book for upper elementary to middle school students.