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What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?

You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.

Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.

What about the rest of the world?

What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change—and infuriating the other 12 signs?

Jalen did it, and now
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Katy
Jan 15, 2013 Katy rated it liked it
I really want to give this book 2 stars since it's targeted for a younger age group than what I'm used to, but I didn't feel that it was fair to "punish" the book because it really wasn't for me.

First, I do think that it's interesting that Tubb made a story about the big news a year or two ago when someone entertained the idea that there was really a 13th sign in the zodiac. And I think it was a fun book to read because the book was filled with action as Jalen and her friends faced down each "ch
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Megs
Dec 31, 2012 Megs rated it liked it
The 13th Sign starts off with an interesting concept. What if everyone's personality shifted? Would it be chaos? Political leaders suddenly indecisive? Surgeons suddenly squeamish?

However, the 13th Sign fell a bit flat for me. While there was quite a bit of action and Tubb spelled out the lessons in the book pretty explicitly, it lacked the spark that makes a book great.

I'm fairly indifferent towards the main character, Jalen. There was nothing in particular that I disliked about her, but I jus
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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THE 13TH SIGN has a creative and fresh idea involving zodiac signs, but unfortunately it fell flat in its execution. I loved the idea of Zodiac signs being real creatures and that a shift in ones sign means a shift in your personality. Although, considering most horoscopes are pretty general in their traits and could be attributed to many people, the extreme and sudden shifts in personalities and actions were too extreme to believe for me.

I enjoyed fo
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Ashley Chen
Jan 04, 2013 Ashley Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, must-review, mg
The 13th Sign. When I first heard of it, I literally spazzed. What a brilliant idea! Like Jalen, I am a Sagittarius that feel like the horoscope didn't depict my personality right. And so I started wondering if there was a 13th sign. The idea intrigued me dearly. And recently I got into looking at horoscope more because of Midorima from Kuroko no Basuke (I miss you Shin-chan). So when Raincoast Books provided me a copy of The 13th Sign, I freaked. So on the night of January the 4th, I started r ...more
Annette (booknerderie)
Jun 11, 2015 Annette (booknerderie) rated it really liked it
This gets a solid 3.5/5 stars for me. A solid read with an exciting cast and background. The zodiac has always been a fun pastime, so this novel peaked my interest big time.
Brooks Benjamin
May 10, 2015 Brooks Benjamin rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin at the 2013 Midsouth SCBWI conference. I was even luckier to get my copy of The 13th Sign signed by her.

So why do I like this book so much?

Tons of reasons!

1) The hook. The 13th Sign is a totally unique concept. Sure there are books out there dealing with the Zodiac, but this is the first one I've ever read about someone unlocking a thirteenth sign that throws the entire world out of zodiacal whack. I mean, come on! How cool is that? Answer: very cool
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Jenni Arndt
Jan 03, 2013 Jenni Arndt rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-own
I was told a few weeks ago that whenever I review a middle grade novel I talk about how surprised I am by it. So I am going to switch it up in this one and say that The 13th Sign was a refreshing read. Something about the innocence of the characters and the genres ability to get me to go along with whatever fantastical plot the author throws at me, gets me everytime. This one reminded me a lot of Jumanji, the releasing of ancient magic and the race to put it back in its place.

On her thirteenth b
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Lizzy Lessard
Dec 14, 2012 Lizzy Lessard rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, mg
How much does your star sign affect your personality? According to the 13th Sign, it completely controls it. When Jalen unleashes the 13th zodiac sign, she changes the personality of everyone, including herself. This personality shift of all the characters did inhibit my ability to connect to the characters, as I wasn’t sure what they would do with the new personalities vs their old personalities. Ellie, Jalen’s best friend, is impersonated TOO well by Gemini, and the fact that Jalen couldn’t fi ...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

That hype and virtual mayhem that Ophiucus created was enough to make me interested in this book. It started of with 14 year old Jalen getting a reading for her birthday. It was a tradition started by Nina, her once bright and adventurous grandmother who's now fighting to live on. Jalen just wants everything to be okay. Maybe being a Sagittaruis wasn't helping her at all. And so she found a mysterious book about the zodiac, and in her persistence to unlock it, she
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Rabiah
Jan 13, 2013 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-event, arrived
Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

Whenever I'd flip through a magazine and come through the horoscope section, I would just look for my zodiac sign (Aquarius) and then continue flipping on. I never really looked into the mythology behind the zodiac, and The 13th Sign was definitely an interesting way to get introduced to it.
Initially, when I first started reading this book, it stalled for a little while, it was a little slow. I was at first also confused what was goin
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Lauren
Jan 14, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Okay, I feel like this book needs a few things going into it. You either need toreallybelieve in astrology -- like, awholelot -- or, if you don't believe in it, you have to be completely willing to thoroughly suspend your disbelief. I fall into the latter category. But how many fantasy worlds do we really believe are actually real? Um, if you're like me, none of them. So I was totally willing to jump into the fantasy world of this book, where personalities really are determined by your Zodiac si ...more
Stephanie Faris
Jul 22, 2015 Stephanie Faris rated it it was amazing
I don't know anything about the signs of the zodiac, so this book was a much-needed lesson into how all of that works. The story revolves around a young girl named Jalen, who discovers a 13th sign of the zodiac. When she unwittingly frees the 13th sign, she changes the personality of everyone on Earth. She must then go on a quest to restore order. If you love action/adventure, this is the book for you! Plus you'll learn more than you ever thought you could about the signs of the zodiac. I loved ...more
Tj Shay
Sep 28, 2012 Tj Shay rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely well crafted story that draws you in and doesn't let go. Traveling along with Jalen on this magical/mythical journey was great fun. There are so many facets to this story. Not only does the reader learn about characters and the things that take place inside their heads, but the reader will also imagine his/herself in the story and wondering how he/she might change if the zodiac were somehow shifted.

My favorite quote, "I used to think of Bourbon Street as a seedy, strange sid
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Alisha Klapheke
May 13, 2014 Alisha Klapheke rated it it was amazing
I always loved checking my horoscope as a kid. This book taps right into the mystery and desire to categorize oneself during early teen years. Hot air balloon rides, New Orleans streets, and magic—who could ask for more? I loved it.
Joyce Lansky
Jan 20, 2013 Joyce Lansky rated it it was amazing
The 13th Sign is a refreshingly novel idea for a story that is carried off with an abundance of action and intrigue. I love the way Kristin Tubb impersonated all of the zodiac signs in original and unpredictable ways while still keeping them true to their legends. Believing in horoscopes or not is irrelevant if the reader will allow the fantasy element of this story to lead the way. She also provided a surprise ending and a nice tie up to all of the unknowns in the novel. The book is strong with ...more
Jen Malone
Sep 15, 2015 Jen Malone rated it it was amazing
So clever and full of awesome action- passing this right on to my twin boys who are huge Percy Jackson fans!
Lizzie Marshall
Dec 07, 2015 Lizzie Marshall rated it really liked it
This was a super great book. I read this with a group of friends in fifth grade, and ended up skyping with the author. Loved it!
Rebecca
Jun 22, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves:
I'm completely impartial to this book. I didn't particularly love it but I didn't hate it either, so it's getting three stars to demonstrate my passive feelings on this book.

Most importantly, the characters were rather bland and/or confusing. It partially has to do with the personality shift thing that the entire book is centered around, but either way, I was displeased and uncomfortable with the portrayal of the characters. Also, it was startlingly obvious who were the Keepers. From when we fir
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Cindy Mitchell
Tubb, Kristin O’Donnell The 13th Sign, 262 pgs. 2013 Feiwel And Friends. $16.99. Language: G; (0 swears) Violence PG; Mature Content: G.

When Jalen’s trip to a Voodoo store on her 13th birthday gets her a disappointing horoscope reading, she acquires a locked book called The Keypers of the Zodiack and naively unleashes the 12 keepers of the Zodiac, as well as a dangerous and hidden 13th sign, a snake. Now she must battle each protector to save the world and return her friends and family to their
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Sharanya
Feb 28, 2014 Sharanya rated it really liked it
Book: The 13th Sign

Every birthday, Jalen, would go to a fortune teller to see what her future is and what her Nina's future is (Nina had Cancer). But every time Jalen would go, the fortune teller just could not tell what zodiac sign Jalen had. One night, when they were exploring the fortune tellers shop, they find an old book called the, The Keypers of the Zodiac. It had been rolled up in a lock. Jalen and Ellie leave the money on the table and sneak out with the book. Thinking the lock looked s
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Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
I don't read a whole lot of Middle Grade, but after hearing Kristin talk about her book The 13th Sign last year at a book signing, I was really interested. I don't really read much into horoscopes or anything like that, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in them. I love the premise of this novel and I've read a few books that have discussed Opiuchus now, so I was definitely intrigued by this one. With the incorporation of a new zodiac sign, that would mean many people's signs would change, ...more
Tracy
Mar 06, 2014 Tracy rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Summary :What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?

You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.

Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.

What about the rest of the world?

What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change—and infuriating the other 12 signs?

Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her
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Yuda Kaizar
Nov 10, 2014 Yuda Kaizar rated it liked it
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Eleeza S.
Sep 01, 2015 Eleeza S. rated it liked it
This book wasn't a lot to take in. Though I liked the idea of the 13th zodiac sign switching up personalities, (which I should mention that if you don't know the zodiacs it could be confusing,) the book never went really far. Yes, there was a plot, but the main character was just bland and boring in my eyes. She didn't have an all great personality, and it was frustrating to read the bad decisions she made. No romance in this book, just a lot of pity for the two background characters that have t ...more
Ansha D
Mar 30, 2014 Ansha D rated it really liked it
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Lisa
Jan 10, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
When Jalen’s trip to a Voodoo store on her 13th birthday gets her a disappointing horoscope reading, she acquires a locked book called The Keypers of the Zodiack and naively unleashes the 12 keepers of the Zodiac, as well as a dangerous and hidden 13th sign, a snake. Now she must battle each protector to save the world and return her friends and family to their usual personalities. Can she save the world in only 1 day? I have to admit, I didn’t love this book. It felt slow, and contrived, but fo ...more
S
Apr 27, 2016 S rated it liked it
A solid, entertaining story.
I can only assume I am among the few who were actually aware of the 13th sign before reading this book (Ophiucus is real!). This was a great novel yarn spun around that idea. I liked the characters, and the way the city itself was so present in the story.
And I couldn't help thinking this book could be an awesome movie...

This one brought to mind a few other good YA stories that share a similar vibe:
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
and
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten Whit
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Sarah
Sep 11, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
This book started out rough then turns okay!!!
First thing i liked about this book was its storyline!!!! Awesome idea for a story!!!!

The book starts off right away with main character, Jalen and i assume is with her friend Ellie-says so later- at a -im not sure of the appropriate name for the shop but it has horoscope stuff in it-kind of a New Age type store.. There, Jalen's birthday is i guess that day (my memory aint that great) was at the shop that she supposedly goes to every birthday time
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Xyleen Qien
Sep 20, 2015 Xyleen Qien rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology, yesh
i enjoyed this book, i really do, with all the astrological horoscopes and a 13th sign that can change everything! plus the progress of the story and the whole plot of the story and the twist and uniqueness of the challenges.

but the irony it contains for me..

1. the cover
had me started to find more books with a big 13 bcuz i have the 13 treasures triology with me. big 13s.

2. ophiuchus
something i found when i was 13 through the net but didnt pay close attention...

3. this groom william
was this one
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Cheyenne
Jun 17, 2014 Cheyenne rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
The 13 Sign was an interesting book, Kristin O'Donnell Tubb did a great job keeping readers interested, you never quite knew what was going to be around the corner. How the author changes the personality of everyone was kind of odd though, they had almost the opposite personality but not quite.
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