13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

13 GiftsTara’s family has always moved constantly and Tara has never developed any friends. In attempting to connect with some girls at school, Tara gets caught in a school caper and her mom sends her off to live with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin who live in her parents’ hometown of Willow Falls. At the same time her parents will be out of the country on a research project and they have left her behind.

Tara slowly realizes that Willow Falls is a very unique place. Tara in a way repeats the mistake which got her into this situation: she steals something. In the process, she meets a strange woman named Angelina D’Angelo who demands retribution. She sends Tara off on a scavenger hunt to repay her debt and requires that all of the items must be collected before her thirteenth birthday.

But in Willow Falls there are people her age who are interested in Tara and like her and are willing to help her with this very strange assignment. In fact, they know Angelina and accept the importance of Tara’s quest even if they don’t know why she is being asked to collect these items.

Tara finds relationships and friendships that she never imagined possible and also manages to help some people and herself and amazingly her parents. It is a fun read with good characters and surprising events.

Posted by: Fran

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