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The Thirteen Treasures (13 Treasures) by [Harrison, Michelle]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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* "First-time novelist Harrison writes with great assuredness, creating a seductive setting and memorable, fully developed characters." "Publishers Weekly, starred review""

* "An intriguing, exciting blend of fantasy and mystery...This truly absorbing page-turner is fresh and clever, and readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering if and how Tanya will outwit her nemeses." "School Library Journal, starred review""

"Harrison is an excellent storyteller whose command of language wonderfully matches the scenarios and characters she creates...Fantasy readers who are looking for the next fat book that's both a quick and compelling read will love this one." "Booklist""

"Fantasy fans will find the dizzying array of otherworldly creatures, each kind equipped with its own social hierarchies and mores, quite intriguing...[has a] swift pace, compelling characters (both human and otherwise), and web of carefully developed and cleanly resolved plots." ""BCCB"""

About the Author

Michelle Harrison is a British author and illustrator who lives in Oxford, England, and works for a children's publisher. This is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058U6WZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The 13 Treasures is my first foray into fairies of the miniature variety, and on picking it up a few of the old doubts resurfaced. Namely, they're little tiny fairies. How menacing can they possibly be? The short answer, you'll be glad to hear, is very. They're twisted, conniving and they hurt. Oh, and having the second sight can send a person to insanity. Sure, they're probably not capable of punching a person's lights out single-handedly, but they don't need to be - they have magic. Dark, dark magic, and tons of it. For our heroine, twelve-year-old Tanya, this means there's no escape. Fairies are all around. They know she can see them, and they know every move she makes. If it looks like Tanya might let on to anyone else that they exist, they can make sure her mouth stays shut. Perhaps literally. Besides, when nobody else believes in them, a girl with the second sight is very much on her own - and at their mercy.

That's not to say that The 13 Treasures is pure malevolence. There are also lighter moments - the brownie that fills the sugar bowl with salt, the cursed goblins that can only speak (and be spoken to) in rhyme. But throughout, Michelle Harrison maintains the underlying sense of malice and unease. Tanya takes the blame for the salt incident, and we're reminded of just how helpless she is to defend herself. Tanya attempts to converse with the goblins, and while the resulting rhyming scenes are genius, it later serves as a demonstration of how cruel mischievious fairy magic can be.

At the heart of The 13 Treasures is a mystery, and it's a good one. Children have been going missing from the area around Grandma's house for decades, and it soon becomes clear to Tanya that there's fairy involvement.
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This is a superb novel which will have you bewitched from the very beginning to the very end... It is recommended for older children (10+) and adults, and tells the story of Tanya, a young girl who goes to stay at her grandma's manor house and soon begins to unravel a fifty year old mystery...coupled with this she has to contend with the second sight, her ability to see fairies, who are not always as nice as they seem...The characters are both lovable and memorable in this highly imaginative, well written novel. The cliffhanger leaves you breathless in anticipation of the next instalment... Fantastic.
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This. Book. Is. Sooo. Amazing! This is all I can say. I love this book, It's just thrilling and exciting, this book is definitely going on my top ten list. The cover is perfect to represent the thirteen treasures and the plot was promising. My sister showed my this awesome book and told me how everyone was just going crazy about it. I have to agree to all those who love love love this book. It's a fantastic novel with a mixture of cool characters.

The characters are very nice. The ability to see fairies is a lovely idea...... I just wish I could also see them. Anyways, Tanya, in terms of characterisation was mostly the focus of the novel. Fabian, the science geek, is one of the funny characters and is always on to science. Florence is the grandmother of Tanya and lives in an enormous manor. Why won't she speak of the girls disappearance as is said on the blurb? It's just tempting to find the answers, aren't they? In my opinion, these three chracters are the main ones in the story.

Somehow, this book scared me, I didn't want to be left alone, I even jumped nearly out of my skin when my sister made a sudden noise. Even if this book is full of thrill, mystery and fantasy, it's still a very worthy book to read and just one of the best books I have ever read. I was entirely fascinated by this book.

I would really really really recommend it to everyone and I would rate it FIVE STARS!

By Hanna.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2009
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THE THIRTEEN TREASURES is the story of Tanya, a young girl whoe goes to stay with her grandmother in her large manor house. Whilst there, she discovers that there is a mystery surrounding the house and those who live there, which stretches back 50 years. She also has to contend with the fact that she has second sight - the ability to see fairies.

What I liked about this book is that, although there are many children's books out there at the moment that have fairies as their subject, Harrison seems to breathe new life into them. Tanya is a likeable character and her friend Fabian is definitely a breath of fresh air, as there is no subplot of them falling for each other; something which a lot of other authors seem to do.
There is ato be a sequel next year, and I for one shall look forward to reading it.
Highly recommended - perfect escapism.
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By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2010
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Another tale of fairies but certainly not the Disney kind!

Here we have nasty, vindictive and let's be honest, not very attractive fairies constantly harrassing our heroine, Tanya. As the story unfolds we learn more about Tanya's connection to the fairy world as she tries to discover why so many child abductions have happened near her Grandmother's house including the disappearance of a young girl 50 years ago.

A dark, witty, beautifully written tale reminiscent of E Nesbitt's novels which I loved as a child. I am thrilled to have found something similar for my daughter to enjoy at 10-11+."
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