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13 Treasures

(Thirteen Treasures #1)

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No one else can see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, but they are as real to the 13-year-old as anything she's ever known. She cannot rid herself of them, nor can she ignore them. But it is her insistence on responding to them that has her banished to her grandmother's secluded countryside manor.

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 5th 2009)
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Gavin
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanya can see fairies - except they're not the kind that we usually admire in typical children's stories of today. These fairies are the original trickster kind and they hate that Tanya has the second sight, so they cause havoc in her life, causing her to live with her grandmother at Elvesden Manor. More events happen and Tanya is embroiled in a mystery of a disappearance years before and there are fairytale creatures galore.

Oh how I loved this and how I wish I read it sooner (and I don't know w
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Allela Ortin
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
At first, I didn't want to read this book, although I bought a copy of it. My friends told me that it was a great book, so I decided to read it. This book is about Tanya, a girl who can see fairies, and what happens to her during her stay at her grandmother's manor. She soon finds out the reason why she can see fairies, and more mysteries like the secret passages in the manor, Hangman's Wood and the girl who disappeared there over fifty years ago, and more with the help of Fabian, the last pers ...more
Adele
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanya is an average twelve year old with one exception - she's got the second sight. This means she can see faeries, usually ugly, squat creatures that torment her with mischievous acts. After another Tanya versus faeries incident goes awry, her mother (having had enough) sends Tanya to stay with her cold grandmother at Elvesden Manor.

This debut effort won the UK's Waterstone's Prize and is a great little read. The plot was a little uneven at times but the adventures of Tanya and Fabian in inves
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Perhaps if I had read this when I was actually the target age, I would have liked it better. But I'm not a preteen anymore, and that probably has a great deal to do with why I ended up being less than thrilled with this book. It's shame, because the cover is beautiful, and I liked the idea of a book with malevolent fairies.

It isn't a bad book. Harrison does a great job with setting her scenes. I get a definite sense of the place this is set in, and I appreciate that. I also like that she allows
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K.C. Hilton
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful book! I seriously enjoyed it and can't wait to read 13 Curses! A great adventure. It had me hooked on the first page! A MUST read for children, teens and adults :) Well done! A+++ ...more
Erika
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By luck, I received the elusive 11th copy from Simon & Schuster’s LJ Giveaway and am so very glad I did! I started reading this book in the evening before bed and got halfway through before forcing myself to find a not so scary part to stop on and put it away until the morning.

Tanya isn’t your average 13-year-old girl (or is she 12? She’s young, let’s leave it at that): she can see fairies. These aren’t the kind to grant you wishes or help clear up acne. The fairies in Michelle Harrison’s 13 Tre
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Empire of Books
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
A stunning debut novel that I absolutely devoured. I read this last year and have read it several times since. The writing is top class, beautiful and easy to read, yet at the same time, it doesn’t feel as if the writing has been dumbed down so that younger audiences can keep up. When reading it, there is no doubt as to why it was awarded the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize for 2009.

These are not the fairies you’d associate with Disney. These fairies are dangerous, and torturous. They hate th
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Miller Mi
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book 13 treasures is interesting and mysterious. The two main characters Tanya and Fabian were clearly good partners. Tanya was really brave and smart. Whenever weird things happened around her, she always thinks wisely and gets the problem solved quickly. It reminds me of the other character in the book"The Blackthorn Key". Both of them knew how to solve problems using their knowledge and braveness. The main character Fabian was wise and a good partner but some times he is a bit nervous. Wh ...more
Sophie Crane
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-in-h-f
It's great how fairies are in the story, because it makes you wonder whether they do exist! And they do! But it makes it hard to believe because no one has ever seen a fairy before... Except for Tanya! With her extraordinary second sight!
This is a true adventure-fantasy book, that includes the thrills and the chills! And it is followed by another 2 books that build on this story. The Thirteen Curses, and The Thirteen Secrets! And i cannot wait until i get the next two!

An exciting adventure soon
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Lori
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lori by: grumpybear17@msn.com
Let me just start off by saying that whatever I say won't do this book justice. So please just go read it yourself!

In the spirit of Harry Potter, Michelle Harrison takes us on a wild ride full of mystery with her unlikely main character Tanya. See, Tanya has a bit of a uncommon condition. She can see fairies. Not cute Tinker Bell fairies but vengeful devious fairies. When the fairies play a trick on Tanya it's the last straw for Tanya's Mom. She sends her away to live with her grandmother. This
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✦BookishlyRichie✦
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I'd give this book twenty stars if Goodreads could let me.
I have not been enthralled or captivated by a book in a very long time
& I'd like to thank Michelle Harrision for writing this book.
I love that Michelle didn't hold back on gruesome moments, or decrease the amounts of blood just because this is a middle-grade novel. Children are exposed to worse everyday, why shield them from realistic events? Michelle has also inspired me, as an author not to hold back on things that may be too YA or Adul
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Izzy
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na-books, faeries
This was one of the most boring books that I've ever read. In this edition, there are 326 pages and it only starts to pick up in the last 40 pages.
What really annoyed me about this book is that Tanya isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Not only that but she's in the "terrible twelve" stage. I wanted to bang my head against the wall!

If fairies punish you every time you try to reveal their existence (Tanya writes and buries her diaries in hope of them being discovered), you would stop doing it. I
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Elizabeth M.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered if there is another world that is right next to you with different creatures? Well in 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, it is about a girl Tanya and her friend Fabian.
Tanya has moved to her grandmother’s house. Tanya has moved there because she has been getting in trouble because she has the second sight. Her mother doesn’t know that, so that what gets Tanya to move to her grandmother’s house. She has to live there temporarily. In the house Tanya’s so called friend Fabi
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Pandora
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
My frist problem with this book was the title. The story had nothing to do with 13 treasures. There was a bracelet with 13 treasures and a brief mention of story connected to the treasures but, the main plot was about the mystery of a girl who dissappeared and the lead character trying to discover what happened. A more accurate title would have been The Mystery of Morwenna Bloom.

Anoter problem I had was it took a long time to get to the main problem which was what happened to Morwenna Bloom. The
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Gail Carriger
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Pleasantly gothic semi-modern story of one girl's struggle to cope with the fairies around us that she sees but no one else does.

Like in Wicked Lovely, the fairies in this series are very evil, creepy, and richly described. They've been bullying Tanya her whole life for no good reason. Yet Tanya has an affection for these creatures which I found very confusing and out of character. After one particularly bad night, Tanya is sent away to live with her grandmother for the summer and begins to unc
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Mollie Fredrickson
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-12-fantasy
Wow.
This book is incredible. Some may hear ‘fairies’ and think it, perhaps childish or tame. If you do, you’re wrong.

This book has such an incredible atmosphere, likeable characters and some heavy storylines. Things are not all rosy and magical, and Tanya and her family have been through some intense moments.

The ending (which I will not spoil) left me feeling some serious emotion, and very much looking forward to the next instalment!
Simoné Eloff
Book #10 for Believathon III! I picked this one for its beautiful cover, which will earn me my tenth clue: The Hand Mirror. Granted, the audiobook cover is not great, but the red paperback cover with the big "13" is GORGEOUS! ...more
Corinne
Let's face it, I'm starting to get fed up by bad YA fantasy novels, which seem to resemble a virus pandemy and start to exponentially replicate in the moment! Thankfully, there are still some specimens of the "almost" extinct tribe of authors, who really think a storyline through till the end and construct an original world within their own mind. This is certainly true for this book. When I finally held it in my hands, I certainly thought "oh no, it's another one of those fairy-theme books accor ...more
Iffath
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-ya
Tanya is your typical girl, with one exception. She can see faeries; courtesy of: the second sight. But these aren’t your average “we’ll grant you your every wish with a smile” faeries, no, they are the opposite. Dark, malicious, repulsive creatures. And they’re determined to keep their sinister existence a secret; by making poor Tanya’s life, a living nightmare.
At the beginning, we are given a group of faeries, who are cautioning Tanya, for writing about them in her diary, regardless of her bur
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Kari
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I must say that for as many books as I read, it is few and far between that I find one that I simply do not want to avert my eyes from. Having a love of fantasy and faeries, I was drawn into this book instantly. I found this book refreshing in portraying faeries in the mischievous light that they should be. I loved the setting of an old English manor house filled with layers of secrets and of the secrets of those who dwell within its walls. Michelle Harrison's writing was so vivid that ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this children's book. Great start to the first in the trilogy. I was always afraid Oberon the Doberman would get killed but he did not :-) Tanya has the second sight and can see fairies but not all is as it seems. I can't say much as it will spoil the book, but there is a great mystery involved and I'm looking forward to see what the author does in the next two books. I wonder if Red gets saved and what happened to the baby. There is a lot more to the story. This is a good read for anyon ...more
Maddy Muscat
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
ever since i was a tiny egg, i have been fascinated by fairies. i had fairy costumes, books, paintings, toys, you name it, i had it. even now, stories about fairies entertain me greatly. i read this book when i was about ten or eleven, and loved it. my copy of it is completely battered. it took me a while to get my teeth into it, but once i did, i couldn't stop obsessing over it. ...more
Kay
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook of this and absolutely loved it. Magical and charming - perfect read for my autumnal dog walks, as I often felt like fairies may pop out of the trees around me at any minute.

Tempted to start the next in the series!
Madison M.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get through the first 100 pages of the book, but after that it was getting better and I started to move a little faster through the book. This is definitely a fantasy filled book, all about this girl who is continuously harassed and tormented by fairies. That poor girl, her mom sent her away to her grandmother's house because she thought that her daughter was seeing things. Ya that is awesome parenting just sending your kid to her grandmother's house because you think she's ...more
Michelle
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for more. It was a convoluted story with contrived dialogue. That sounds harsh. But I can’t help it. I didn’t like it. And the main character needs a lesson in stranger danger.

The first sentence of the author’s note says, “Michelle Harrison challenges readers to rethink their preconceived notions of fairies in the 13 Treasures Trilogy and its prequel, One Wish.”

That was the point of this book? The fairies in this book were awful, violent and often gross. Even the “good” ones. So, t
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Milou
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed Michelle Harrison's new middle grade series, so when I was the audiobook for this on Scribd I decided to give it a go. And I am so happy I did.

Tanya has the ability to see fairies. And they aren't all nice and cute, and get Tanya in all sorts of trouble. Because of this she has to stay at her grandmother's house for a while, where she discovers an unsolved mystery... 50 years ago a girl went missing in the nearby forest.

The writing is great and does such a wonderful job at cr
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Carinne Chase
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Amanda
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison is the tale of Tanya, a girl who has the ability to see fairies. After one too many misdemeanours, she is sent to spend the summer at her grandmother's house. In Tanya's mind this is an awful punishment, since her grandmother has never seemed to like her, and it means having to see Fabian, the caretaker's son. Over the course of the summer, Tanya and Fabian stumble upon a dark secret, an unsolved mystery spanning back decades. Soon they are facing terrible d ...more
Santhoshini
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
13 Treasures is a book about a young girl, discovering mysteries while at her grandmother's house. Tanya is a young girl with a rare ability to see fairies. These fairies aren't the kind, wish-granting fairies we imagine, they cause Tanya trouble, and annoy her. At her grandma's house Tanya runs into many fairies and mysteries. Elvesden Manor turns out to be the place where a young Morwenna Bloom disappeared aot knowing the real reasons behind her "antics" that are led by the fairies, Tanya's m ...more
Catalina Dressing
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the 13 Treasures trilogy!! Book 1 began the fun for me. 13 Treasures is about a girl named Tanya. But Tanya isn't any ordinary girl! She can see fairies!!! These fairies are not the typical sweet little pink and purple fairies most people automatically picture when they hear that word. Some are okay i guess. But some are evil. up to no good. Luckily, Tanya is not alone. She is forced to go live with her grandmother for what seems like the longest summer of her life! I really loved the des ...more
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