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13 Hangmen

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  187 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews

“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 an

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jul 17, 2012 Liviania rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 04, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
After reading 113 pages of 13 Hangman by Art Corriveau, I chose not to read it for my second book report. I chose not read it for my book report because it's not my most favorite book in the world because I'm not a mystery person and this book is all based around a mystery with the dead boys and the treasure. Another reason I chose not to read this book was because Ms. Curtiss only gave it 4 stars and I know that's kind of good but she usually gives five stars to only the greatest books. Lastly, ...more
Taryn Pierson
Jul 11, 2014 Taryn Pierson rated it really liked it
Tony DiMarco is an endearing, empathetic, and totally unlikely hero. He has older twin brothers who are always lost in their own athletic world. His mom wants him to lose weight over the summer. And his dad is working hard to finish a PhD in history, which means the family doesn't have much in the way of disposable income. But then he receives a mysterious gift in the mail for his 13th birthday—a vintage Red Sox baseball cap, sent by his great-uncle Angelo whom he barely knows.

Then the DiMarco f
“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
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
Mar 25, 2012 Glenajo rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2016 Bhavnit rated it really liked it
This book is for people who are interested in history and mystery. This book is captivating and has a very creative plot, setting, and format. Tony is a young boy who inherited his dead great uncle, Zio Angelo's house by his last will. When his father is accused of murdering Angelo Tony sets out on a quest to find the truth. This books shows different perspectives in different times, and he also meets ghost from the past.
Jul 09, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
It was hard for me to get into until chapter 12. It was interesting learning about the history of Paul revere though.
Mar 05, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
I rated 13 Hangmen a four out of five stars because I thought it was very well written and interesting, but many parts were confusing. The main character, Tony, has just turned 13, and he inherited 13 Hangmen from his deceased great-uncle, Angelo. It is a dump and his family doesn't to live there. Tony's new neighbor, Mr. Hagmann, wants to get own the house, so he uses his best tack ticks to get the house. Tony puts a baseball cap that connected him to Angelo on a pawcorance and could suddenly s ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing
In 13 Hangmen Corriveau crafts a plot full of intrigue and characters with fascinating backgrounds.

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Apr 05, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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
Oct 26, 2014 Connor rated it liked it
After reading 12 pages of 13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau
I chose not to read it for my second book report. I chose to not read it for my book report because I just did not want to continue the story due to lack of excitement. Another reason I chose to not read this book was because I am not a fan of baseball. Lastly, I did not like grim way the book began after a few pages. Because of these reasons, I
rated the book 3 stars. However, this could change if I were to I read the book in in its entirety.
Amanda Harris
May 27, 2014 Amanda Harris rated it really liked it
Tony DiMarco is approaching his 13th birthday when his parents receive the news that Tony inherited his uncle's house in Boston. Once settled, Tony discovers a pawcorance in the attic, which incidentally is his new bedroom-as per request from his late great-uncle Zio Anthony. What's a pawcorance? Pick this book up and find out. Anyway, the pawcorance allows Tony to stay in his present time, but he can see other 13-year-olds in their own time. They can all correspond with each other and this is h ...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
Apr 01, 2012 Bookworm1858 rated it it was amazing

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
Ms. Yingling
Apr 15, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
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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
Elaine Cristina Oliveira
Jan 10, 2012 Elaine Cristina Oliveira rated it really liked it
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
Unabridged Bookshelf
May 07, 2012 Unabridged Bookshelf rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, feburary
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
Apr 09, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
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
Lea Williams
Mar 31, 2015 Lea Williams rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. There are a few books out there about children and baseball that I really enjoyed reading. even though this book wraps around a baseball game, it is really not very much part of the story just a connection between everybody. The main part of the story is primarily about the Hangmen family and a lost treasure! So if you are not a fan of baseball but love Mistry books like Nancy Drew, this could be for you.
Jan 18, 2012 April rated it really liked it
This book was an advance copy received from the publisher, Abrams, through 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
Oct 16, 2015 Elzbeth rated it it was amazing
I'm not giving this five stars because it was a super good book or anything. No, in fact, the writing was average, good at best, not great. No, the five stars are for the concept. The concept was something very new and no something I've ever seen done before. Boy meets past (okay, THAT'S been done) boy and past boy meet another past boy. Those three meet another past boy who meets another past boy and the story just dives deeper and deeper into American history. THAT'S why I'm giving it five sta ...more
May 08, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: myra-selections
A little bit historical fiction, a little bit fantasy, and all mystery. I found the plot so original that I had to keep reading. It was fun to compare the characters that completed the "chain" to the past and to get a glimpse of life in their times.
I think this could be for all ages, 3rd grade and up.
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
May 01, 2013 Peggy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2012 Karly rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Judy Desetti
Jun 01, 2014 Judy Desetti rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. It got me from the beginning when it included the Boston North End, the Freedom trail, and time travel ...some of my favorite things. It is a little far fetched but I think kids in gr 4-6 will enjoy this one if they like mysteries.
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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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