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13 Gifts (Willow Falls #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  11,136 Ratings  ·  804 Reviews
When Alyssa must spend the summer with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin Emily in Willow Falls she thinks it's a good time to start over. She'll be turning 13 after all. What Alyssa doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday.
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Published September 1st 2011 by Findaway World
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Molly Harnish
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...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
Elsa Carlson
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Keida Avdo
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Caitlyn Scott
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!:)
Emma Chaussee
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!!
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Annalise Bowman
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Hannah S.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Taylor Watford
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Malak Naaman
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. It was not a fabulous idea for Tara Brennan to end the year by breaking into the school in the middle of the night to steal the principal's stuffed goat, then spray the administrator with pepper spray. As punishment for her violations, she gets sent to the dozy Willow Falls where she stays with relatives she hardly knows, including her eleven- year-old cousin Emily, who, the last time they were together, ate an entire stick of glue. But Emily is not the strangest person in town. There's a bo ...more
Amanda ~ Will be busy for the next couple days
This book teaches second chances and how you can make new friends.

Wait there's another book!!!!! Ahhhh
Clare Cannon
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-14 years (girls)
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
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 Papazian
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren Asuncion
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bridget :)
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Tara gets in trouble at school, her parents send her to her mother's hometown- Willow Falls. It may seem like just a sleepy little town, but the truth is, it holds dark secrets, an apple grove, and a mysterious woman named Angelina.

It turns out, on the train ride to Willow Falls, her wallet, which had $200 given to her by her parents, her phone, and her mom's iPod where stolen. So when she arrives at her uncle and aunt's house, she steals one of her Uncle Roger's many comics to sell to Ange
KileyP CLC
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass is a marvelous book in a series of three. 13 Gifts is about a girl turning 13 named Tara, who after stealing her school mascot gets sent away to spend the summer with her cousin in Willow Falls. The story all begins one day when she walks into an old store down one of the alleys in town. That store is a strange store with a suspicious old lady running it. Going in that store nearly ruined her birthday and in the book she gets caught up in the stress of saving it from being ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
When Tara Brennan is suspended from school for a foolish prank, her parents decide to send her to stay with her aunt and uncle in Willow Falls, the town where both of them grew up. Tara is rather socially inept, partly because the family has moved so often. While they travel to Madagascar for her mother's lemur project, Tara navigates the small town's social order, gaining confidence and making friends as she does. When Tara realizes that she has no money for a bar mitzvah present for David, one ...more
Hallie Erasmus
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is called 13 birthdays and it’s a squeal to Finally and 11 birthdays.

The book is about a girl named Tara who thinks the only way she can make friends is by having them tell her what to do all the time. That goes too far and Tara ends up getting expelled for the rest of the year. Her parents send her off to willow falls to spend time with her Aunt and cousin. Tara soon discovers that in Willow Falls there are no coincident.

My favorite part of the book is when Angelina tells Ta
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13 gifts was a very good but strange book, about a girl whose mom and dad are going to live in Madagascar for one summer. they decide to leave her behind to stay at her aunt and uncles house. when she is leaving her parents give her a gift. her mom gives her her ipod and both her parents give her 200 dollers. When she is on the train ride going there her phone, ipod, and 200 dollers get stolen! As she comes to the new town, willow falls she meets her cousin, and her cousins friends. In the end t ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really sweet and charming piece of magical realism, this is the story of Tara, a girl about to turn 13 who really hasn't participated much in life. Enter a prank gone awry, a sudden trip to her parents' childhood town all on her own to visit relatives she barely knows, theft, a deal with a mysterious junk shop owner, and Tara finds herself engaging with life in ways she never suspected. This book will be well-liked by kids who have liked Mass' previous books. The only weakness to this book is ...more
Julienne Lalog
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being suspended for attempting to steal the school goat, Tara is forced to abandon her plans of going to Madagascar with her parents, and instead to return to her parents hometown of Willow Falls. There, she begins to meet new people, who become stranger and stranger by the next. She meets two best friends who communicate through the chalkboards strung on their necks, a boy who sings at the bottom of a hole, and a girl who may or may not be dating a movie star. But when Tara gets herself i ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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