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13 Treasures

(Thirteen Treasures #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,154 ratings  ·  923 reviews
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.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by Little Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Alexa Richards She does not stop because she wants the world to know that shes not crazy and that she can actually see them.
L. B. Bugle I think it's because she doesn't want other fairies to punish her for a fey creature dying under her watch.

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Allela Ortin
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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
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
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+++
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
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Την τελευταία διετία έχω ανακαλύψει πως, αν και δεν θα το φανταζόμουν ποτέ, γοητεύομαι ιδιαίτερα από ιστορίες με νεράιδες, ξωτικά και άλλα παρεμφερής γενετικής, πλάσματα. Οι εκδόσεις Λιβάνη, κατέχουν τα ηνία στην κατηγορία αυτή, με την τριλογία των "Trylle" και την τετραλογία του "Φτερά" να έχουν κερδίσει μεγάλη μερίδα του αναγνωστικού κοινού της χώρας μας. Δύο σειρές που ναι μεν έχουν κοινά στοιχεία, βασίζονται σε έναν παρόμοιο άξονα ωστόσο, τελικά, είναι πολύ διαφορετικές και τις αγαπάμε γι' α ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Gail Carriger
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
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
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
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
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ωραία περιπέτεια, γεμάτη μυστήρια και αινίγματα που είναι δύσκολο να μαντέψει κανείς τις απαντήσεις. Εκπληκτική, σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα και αρκετά μελαγχολικό ύφος που σπανίζει σε παιδικά- εφηβικά βιβλία. Το βρήκα απρόσμενα καλό.
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
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
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
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
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
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
This book was totally unexpected !!
When I picked up the book at the library a few months back, all I wanted in a book was a descent fairy tale.
After "Fablehaven" I so badly wanted another series that can make me feel like a little girl.

This story has a total different understanding of "fairies", which was fascinating and frankly quite scary.
The first few chapters made me want to rethink reading this book.
But the idea was refreshing and the story itself was quite the mystery !

It has the haun

A girl who can see fairies is persecuted by them for second sight. Fed up with her stranger behavior, her mother packs her off to grandmother's strange, old, rural house. Soon she stumbles upon other odd goings-on, including baby disappearances.

I don't have anything really negative to say about this book, which I read about 100 pages of. The characters weren't interesting to me, the writing seemed kind of flat, the story was familiar. But it was okay, I didn't find it painful or anything. I woul
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.
Riya S.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book because it was filled with mystery and that made me want to keep reading on. It made me keep wanting to read on because you never know for sure who the good person is and who the evil fairy is.
Madeline O'Rourke
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-to-own
Coming off of a couple of dud books, I was thrilled to be rereading The 13 Treasures. Middle grade fantasy is always right there for me when I need it.

The 13 Treasures is super fun: faeries (good and bad), a mystery, an old manor house with secret passages, distinctive characters—it's got it all. I really don't have much to say about this novel, and certainly nothing bad. The plot chugs along at a nice pace, there's no moronic middle grade romance, and the fantastical elements are engaging.

Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book for school last year, when I didn't really like books anymore. I really loved this book and this is one of the books that got me back into reading. I'm thinking of re-reading it soon :)
G. Lawrence
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff; evil fairies, a witch, a ghost/traveller between world, secret passages, creepy woods and family secrets. Loved it.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book! I liked and enjoyed it so very much!

The premise isn't something terribly original! It's about a girl that can see the fairies roaming the world all around us. It's been done many times before but this is the only one I actually liked.

Harrison based her fairy realm on research she's done and it shows. She is incorporating the Seelie and Unseelie Court mythology, as well as ways to protect yourself against evil fairies that are rooted in folklore. Her fairies are distinc
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“Fabian had succeeded. She caught his eye and the two of them shared a look; it was the kind of look children wear when they know they've gotten away with something. At the same moment, Warwick and Florence also shared a look. Theirs was the kind of look adults wear when they know that somehow they have been well and truly hoodwinked, but are clueless as to the how and why, and know only that there's absolutely nothing they can do about it.” 33 likes
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