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13 Hangmen

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“Some people won’t believe any of this story. You might be one of them. But every single word is true. Tony DiMarco does catch a murderer, solve a mystery, and find a treasure—all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same time is not a coincidence.”

So begins the story of Tony and

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Amulet Books
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I almost didn't pick 13 HANGMEN up due to the baseball player on the cover. Let's face it, I know almost nothing about sports and don't care to know much more. But while love of the Red Sox plays into 13 HANGMEN's plot, the book is about so much more than that.

13 HANGMEN begins when Tony DiMarco's great-uncle Zío Angelo dies and his family movies into his town home: 13 Hangmen Court. The will stipulates that Tony must live in the creepy attic room, which he reluctantly does. Then he wakes up to...more
“Some people won’t believe any of this story. You might be one of them. But every single word is true. Tony DiMarco does catch a murderer, solve a mystery, and find treasure – all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same time is not a coincidence.”

So begins the story of Tony and his friends – give 13 year-old boys, all of whom are living in the same house in the same attic bedroom but at different times...more
Had I been forced to review 13 Hangmen after the first third of the book, it would have been terrible. Corriveau tells the reader EVERYTHING. Nothing is shown, nothing is left up to the reader, the characters, setting, and plot all feel stilted, and it was just boring. The most exciting thing going on was the continuous (and often unbelievable) fight between Tony and his mom about his weight loss. However, when it picks up it really picks up.

Corriveau has a fascinating idea of history, and I lo...more
Great Fun, Interesting Premise

In 13 Hangman, Tony is approaching his thirteenth birthday when his parents receive the news that Tony inherited his uncle's house in Boston. Though Zio Anthony visited the family at Thanksgiving, they have never been close, but the will stipulates that the family must to move to Boston and Tony has to live in the attic bedroom. Since Tonys twin brother drive him crazy, he is thrilled with the promise of his own room. However, when they arrive, immidiately problems...more
13 Hangmen Court is a Sports Time Travel History Mystery. I am pretty sure that is an original genre!
Thirteen-year-old Tony Di Marco has just inherited Ted Williams' first Red Sox cap and a very old home in Boston from an uncle (Zio Angelo)thea he just met and barely knows. And as fate would have it, just in time. His father has just heard from the University that he no longer has a job and their school housing is terminated.
As Tony get used to his strange attic room and the brass bed his u...more
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History, as the buff I would like to think that I am, interests me in many ways and the past events depicted in 13 Hangmen really did allow me to enjoy the stories of all the boys that Art Corriveau sheds light upon.

I will have to admid that while reading the beginning, when Tony was first introduced, after reading his last name, DiMarco, over and over again I couldn't help but think of my gym teacher who shares the same last name. It w...more

I did not know anything about this book going in to it although based on the title, I was kind of expecting a creepy read, possibly something fantasy revolving around hangmen. Well, that is not it. In fact, it is something better, weaving together lots of little historical moments into a big mystery.

The beginning is a little slow as everything is set up. Tony inherits first an authentic Ted Williams Red Sox cap and then his great-uncle's house on 13 Hangmen's Court in Boston. He, his histor...more
Ms. Yingling
Tony's family is a bit confused, but very grateful, when Tony's great uncle Angelo leaves him his house in Boston, with the stipulation that the family live there until Tony is an adult, and Tony has the attic bedroom. This is great, because Tony's father is working on his PhD thesis on Paul Revere, so the family is strapped for money. There is some suspicious circumstances surrounding Angelo's death, and when a cranky neighbor, Mr. Hagemann, files charges against Tony's father, Tony wants to fi...more
I received this as an ebook from NetGalley.

13 Hangmen kept me up late at night reading about Tony and his four new friends, all working to solve the mystery of 13 Hangmen's Court. Tony, a mystery lover, explores the house and town in search of clues. He meets Sarah Pickles working at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in town; she's around his age and proves to be a helpful ally. Tony struggles with his suspicious neighbor, Mr. Hagmann, as well as with his own weight and confidence. With the help of his fri...more
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Title: 13 Hangmen
Author: Art Corriveau
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books (April 1, 2012)
Reading Level: 8-12 years old
Hardcover: 352 pages
Source: Publisher

Book Summary: “Some people won’t believe any of this story. You might be one of them. But every single word is true. Tony DiMarco does catch a murderer, solve a mystery, and find a treasure—all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same t...more
Elaine Cristina
Jan 10, 2012 Elaine Cristina rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 8th grade boys
’13 Hangmen’ tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who is left a house, #13 at Hangman Court to be precise, on his thirteenth birthday. Tony, a mystery-obsessed kid, slowly discovers that generations of Hagmanns have tried to come into possession of #13 at one time or another, and the current Hagmann living next door is no different. So Tony is finally given a real-life mystery to solve – not that he wanted one in which he has to prove his father innocence after Michael is accused of murder...more
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Tony DiMarco is not sure if it is a blessing or a curse that he inherited number 13 Hangman’s Court. Tony loves solving mysteries, and dreams of growing up to be a detective. When he discovers a mystery, it is up to Tony to solve it. He is not going to be able to do it on his own, because this mystery goes decades in history. He has some help from the girl who works in the Curiosity Shop, but it is going to take more than that. Lucky for Tony, he does not have to solve it alone.

Tony has a group...more
This mystery that happened around Tony DiMarco got started all by the mysterious death of his uncle Zio Angelo. Before Angelo's death, he had said to leave his house in 13 hangman's court to Tony. This was strange to Tony because Tony wasn't rally close to Angelo, his only memory with his uncle was from the last thanksgiving dinner they had together. Now here comes the interesting part, Tony must be sleeping in his uncles room in the attic and Tony was not allow to sell the house, until he is le...more
I loved the author's earlier book, How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog), and while this one is not about a dog at all, it does explore some of the same territory explored in that one. Once again, the main character is a boy who is struggling with self-esteem and identity issues--he is overweight and his mother keeps hounding him about his food choices while seeming to favor his more athletically-gifted twin brothers--and takes the reader through parts of Boston in a retrospective h...more
This book was an advance copy received from the publisher, Abrams, through netgalley.com. It is written for juveniles age 8 and older. I enjoyed the story. I felt like it really drew me in and the characters were really fleshed out. The story is based on a boy who receives an inheritance from an older great-uncle. He is gifted a house with the understanding that he will complete a few minor tasks in order to keep it. Unfortunately, a creepy neighbor wants the house also and Tony wonders if he wo...more
A wonderful read for those who have an interest in US History and mysteries. 13 Hangman is the story of Tony DiMarco who inherits a townhouse from his great uncle. Surprised by the inherentance but grateful because the student housing they are currently living in is no longer going to be an option now that his father has finished his cousework. The DiMarcos pack up and head to historic Boston where an adventure awaits Tony. I enjoyed this book it had a lot of historical facts woven throughout th...more
Tony inherits his great-uncle's town house in Boston. The will stipulates that only he can inhabit the top floor. When his family gets to Boston, they discover that the house is falling apart, and the "penthouse" is an unfinished attic. When Tony wakes up on the morning of his 13th birthday, he finds a boy standing there who claims that this is his room, and it is 1939, not 2009. This is a fun book that spans 3 centuries of Boston history. The framework of boy protagonists and baseball makes thi...more
This was a cute one. A nice break from some more serious books I've been reading. When Tony is about to turn 13, he is left a house on 13 Hangman Court by a mysterious uncle he only met once. Once his family moves into the house, Tony finds himself right in the middle of one big mystery. Being such a mystery fan, this is an absolute thrill for him, an escape from the monotony of being harassed by his mother to try and eat better to lose some weight and being teased by his brothers who can just a...more
Thirteen is wicked-cool. And nine is a magic number. The author mixes those numbers into a combination of historical Boston, mystery, and greed. Here and there, we get some irrelevant information about some of the characters though. Each character addition, however, makes each page more intriguing. Of course, the thirteen-year-old boys, but each character contributes to moving the plot along. It’s uplifting to read how the characters not only help Tony solve a mystery but give him more confidenc...more
Sharon Lawler
Layers of time and baseball heroes are Tony's new friends in the dilapidated Boston house where he and his family now live. Nice for Tony to have friends so close, but eerie, too, because they are no longer of this world. Notes in the back explain that the author intentionally made up the North End address to prevent readers from knocking on the door to see Tony's room. I think I'll google it anyway! Mystery lovers, baseball lovers, historical fiction lovers, time travel lovers--you are all goin...more
Mar 14, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzz2014-mar-new
Laura Phelps
I love the premise of this book: baseball, time travel, and an unsolved history mystery, all wrapped up in one. Unfortunately, things get a little confusing as characters from different eras appear and disappear, providing information and clues that help Tony, the 13 year old protagonist, save his family and his newly inherited home. The plot holds together, though, and some kids will be drawn in by the baseball references and the desire to solve the mystery.
This historical fiction possible WAW nominee was ok, but not a standout. The name is misleading since that is the address of a home where 13 year old boys who live in the house are brought together from different time periods. They try to solve the puzzle of why another family through the generations has been trying to take possession of this house. This is a borderline yes for me.
Bari Coslow
I am sorry to say that I had a hard time getting into this book. The write up sounded great but for some reason it just doesn't live up to that. The book starts out very slow and does not keep the reader interested. I also found it strange that the main character refers to his parents by their fist names vs Mom or Dad.

I received this book as a courtesy from NetGalley.
Anne Broyles
This is not only a great "boy book" that girls would equally enjoy, but a fun way to learn about Boston history. There's magic and mystery and a 13-year-old protagonist who inherits a crumbling row house in the North End, meets other 13-year-olds from the past who help him solve an ongoing mystery that dates back to the Revolutionary War.
I'm a historical fiction buff, but even I got a bit frustrated with how long the story went on. It seemed like the author had all of this historical knowledge he wanted to share, so he had to wrap the story around all of it. I liked the premise and the time traveling concept, AND the history...but I was too long.
I finally done reading this book. In the start of this book it was sort of boring but later on it awesome.I would suggest this book to mystery lovers. This book it about 13 year old Tony who's great uncle left a really old house for Tony and his family to live in. And that's where it all starts. :) :P
Apr 21, 2013 Drucilla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: c
I love time travel stories and while this may not be your regular time travel novel, it's a credit to the genre. The addition of the mystery is just icing on the cake. If you're a fan of American history, this is a great story, but oooh, that ending! It's not fair! :P
Alexander Petkovski
Even though this is a book for middle-graders I liked it so much. It has the every element I love in a book. It was very well writen and the characters were enjoyable.
I look forward to reading more books by Art Corriveau. Thumbs up for this original story.
I really liked this book! This is a great MG read. I loved the characters, and chuckled each time a new boy was introduced.
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Art Corriveau’s first adult novel, Housewrights, was published by Penguin in 2002, and was a “Book Sense 76” selection. His widely published short stories were collected as Blood Pudding by Esplanade Books in 2008. His debut middle-grade novel, How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog), is currently available from Amulet Books. He makes his home in rural Vermont and Zurich, Switzerland.
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