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13 Gifts

(Willow Falls #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  13,662 ratings  ·  914 reviews
Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

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 Bamb
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Molly Harnish
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
First of all, it was awesome. I just have to say that. It was really, really good. I got it from the library because I liked reading 11 Birthdays and Finally, and love Wendy Mass's writing style. The cover is eye-catching, and the blurb was enough to catch my interest. (Let me just point out that the blurb on my book is different than the one on this webpage. As a fencer & self-proclaimed math geek, I take issue with the statement that Emily is bratty. She totally isn't, and the book makes that ...more
After a failed attempt to steal a stuffed goat from the vice principal's office ends in the vice principal getting pepper-sprayed and soon-to-be-thirteen-year-old Tara suspended for the final two weeks of the year (in an attempt to fit in with other kids her age, Tara refuses to give up her accomplices), Tara is exiled to the small town of Willow Falls to spend her summer. This is instead of going with her parents to Madagascar to study the lemur, something she had been looking forward to doing. ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass was by far the best in the 11 Birthdays series. Every one is the series has its own amazing plot, but this book, being the last in the series had all the answers to the previous books in it, and made everything tie together in a perfect way. This book was indubitably about growing up, fitting in, and learning from mistakes, which most teen books are about, but Wendy Mass puts it together so perfectly it doesn't seem like a meaningless book about teenagers mistakes. It is a ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
13 gifts, by Wendy mass, is a wonderful fiction novel in the 11 birthday series. This book is about a girl named Tara who moves away from her home to her cousins house is Willow falls. Willow falls is an average town with unaverage people. The oldest woman there, Angelina DeAngelo, is the most strange of all. Something odd happens to a couple other kids on their birthday, and they know it has to do with Angelina. When Tara arrives, she meets Amanda, Leo, and Rory. She immediately becomes there f ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Who wouldn’t want to get thirteen gifts on their thirteenth birthday? Everyone does, including soon to be thirteen year old Tara Brennan, until she meets the strangest person of all: Angelina D’Angelo, in the strange town of Willow Falls. This exciting realistic fiction tale Thirteen Gifts by Wendy Mass will make you feel as if you are Tara yourself. Tara and her friends strike a deal with Angelina, just so she can get a new iPod. If Tara doesn’t get Angelina everything on her list b
Caitlyn Scott
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it was full of mystery. At the end of the book everything really came together and made sense of why certain things happened. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!:) ...more
Keida Avdo
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very interesting book, and I could read it over and over again. You could say you will read it for only twenty minutes and end up reading it for over two hours. It really is a hand down great book, and I hope you go and check this book out.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
"Our actions have long-lasting consequences, of which we often have no knowledge. They ripple far out into the universe."

―Angelina D'Angelo, 13 Gifts, P. 126

"If everyone waited to do something good until they had purely unselfish motivations, no good would ever get done in the world. The point is to do it anyway.”

―Angelina D'Angelo, P. 305

Wendy Mass has really done something special in creating the Willow Falls series. Though 11 Birthdays stands out to me as the best of the first three boo
Emma Chaussee
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The realistic fiction book called 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass, is one of many great books in this series. In this book, the main character Tera goes for the summer to a little town called Willow Falls. Her thoughts about this change are very negative, she thinks it will be horrible, until she meets some very important people along the way.

Tera is staying with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Sooner then she thinks, she meet some new friends that she becomes very close to. Tera's bad decision takes her o
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, read-books
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4.25 stars


"Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

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 Fal
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorits
I loved this book because it all comes together in a very suprising way.Wendy Mass writes in a way that you can really feel for every caracter.You can not not read this book!!!!!
Annalise Bowman
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

13 Gifts is about a girl named Tara. Her parents are sending her to her aunt's after she made a peer pressure decision. Her parents went to Madagascar while she was with her family. On the train someone steals all of her belongings except for her clothes. She has no money, no phone, and worst of all no one to get her. Eventually she is able to get in contact with her relatives that pick her up. While Tara is out on a walk a day later she meets an old lady that tells her she has to pay her debt.
Nora S
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the book because it tied into the other books in the series really well. If you liked the other books in the series you will definitely like this one also. If you want to start reading the Willow Falls series, I would highly recommend reading them in order. In this book, Tara's parents go to Madagascar and leave Tara to spend the summer at her cousin Emily's house in Willow Falls. On the train Tara loses the most valuable things she brought with her, her phone, her moms iPod, and her $20 ...more
Elsa R
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass is such a great book! People in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade would love this book too! Dork Diaries is similar to this book, so if you've read and enjoyed them you'd love this series. Basically what happens in this book is that a girl named Tara got suspended and has to live with her aunt and uncle. Then she has to collect these items for Angela, the oldest one in town. She has to put on a play with the items she collected. I would definitely recommend this book to a lot of peo ...more
Heidi Lil' Chip
Okay, so the beginning kinda annoyed me because Tara claimed to have overprotective parents, but then they sent her on a train ride by herself to their hometown to stay with her aunt while they went to Madagascar. Which, in my opinion, isn't something overprotective parents would do. But once she met the characters from the other books it was great and I actually really love this book!
I'm giving it a 4 because of the beginning 60 pages😅
Hannah S.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so good! I was worried that it might just be another sequel, looking for more money, but I was pleasantly surprised. Filled with surprises and twists, I would completely say that this is just as good as the first 2 books in the series. This book doesn't let down, and neither does Wendy Mass. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing!! I love the entire series!!!!!!! I recommend it for anyone who loves adverntures, because this series is full of adventures. The characters are amazing and so is the place the the book takes place. I wish this place and charaters were real, because they are amazing and Wendy Mass did a great job!
Violet Macdonald
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a character strength represented is teamwork because Tara allows her friends to help her complete the challenge that she was asked to do
Annah Stevenson
there was actual TEA at the end
Aryani Siti
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Got the book from second hand shop. Didn't know it was a series. But I love it. ...more
Skylar M
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the theme is if you steel there will be consiquensis you did not think of
Taylor Watford
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! This was the third book in the Willow Falls series and a great addition. This book started with the main character, Tara, getting into some trouble. She later finds herself in a town where her parents grew up (Willow Falls). There she meets new friends and discovers what her parents might have done while living there. This was a very well written book just like all of the other books written by Mass. I highly recommend this book to readers who love a good plot twis ...more
Chase Livesey
13 gifts is a book about a girl who steals a goat from her school and gets in trouble. Instead of going to Africa with her parents she gets sent to her moms little town she grew up in.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favioite-books
This book will help you understand the importance of true friendship and true love. People can't fall in love with purple potion. But they can with real love. Tara finds true friends and learn's her parent's didn't fall in love because of.....but true love. You also can't run from your problem they will eventually come up one point in time. ...more
Clare Cannon
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 9-14 years (girls)
Shelves: 13-15yrs, 08-12yrs
Wow... started off good, and then got better! After just finishing Finally it took me a while to accommodate myself to a few new characters and an altogether new storyline, but overall I really like that each book in this series focuses on a different character. Those from previous books are still around - and are impressively consistent with their former appearances - and it's interesting to see them from another perspective.

Each of the tween/young teen characters is quite different, but all ar
Jodi P
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
Having never read the other books in this series, I picked up 13 Gifts because I was looking for a good Tween recommendation. This was a cute story with very likeable characters. Although I felt it had a bit of a slow start, it was definitely a fun read once I got into it.
After participating in a school prank, Tara's parents decide not to take her along on their summer research trip to Madagascar. Instead, she is being sent to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin (who she barely knows) in Will
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
SPOILERS! I Enjoyed 13 Gifts, but not as much as 11 Birthdays. Firstly, I don't think Wendy Mass can ever write anything in this series as good as 11 Birthdays. She wrote something then that is unable to be recreated. Finally and 13 Gifts are just follow-ups that are, I feel, somewhat copying her first book. But I did still enjoy all of them. My favorite part that happens throughout these books, is that you cannot read them in a random order because you find in Finally and 13 Gifts, Wendy Mass i ...more
A fun read and a perfect story for teenagers. I have not read the pervious books in willow falls series. But after reading this have become more interested to read all the books in this series.

Tara Brennan, an introvert girl, in an attempt to get fit in with other kids her age, participates in a school prank. She tries to steal a stuffed goat from her school's principal office and get the principal pepper sprayed. She is suspended from the school for two weeks. As a punishment, Tara's mom Molly
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“13 Gifts” By Wendy Mass is a mysterious book about a girl named Tara who pulls a prank on her school that goes wrong. This prank ends up causing her to have to move in for the summer with her aunt whom she hardly knows in a town called, Willow Falls. While living in Willow Falls she starts writing an essay on her thoughts. Tara also meets new people that she wouldn’t expect to meet, while also being able to get closer to her long distance family. She goes on wild adventures just to keep her se
Lauren Asuncion
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The novel 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass is easy to relate to and lovable to readers of all ages. Anyone who has moved before can easily relate to how Tara, the main character, felt when her parents sent her away to stay with her Aunt Bethany for the summer, and how she moved around frequently. Just like anyone who has ever moved before, Tara had to try to fit in with her new surroundings and make new friends. This book is the third book in a series, and I personally have loved every book in this series ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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