13 GiftsBook - 2011
Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.
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 Falls. Tara thinks it's a good time to start over; she'll be turning 13 after all, so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a non-criminal manner). What Tara doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday. It's not a typical birthday. But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical!
Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with a buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.
When soon-to-be-13 Tara spends her summer with her bratty cousin Emily St. Claire in Willow Falls as punishment for a stunt-gone-wrong, she decides that it's time to break out of her shell. By the author of A Mango-Shaped Space. 50,000 first printing.
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This book is about a girl who does something wrong and gets sent to Willow Falls. She learns a lot about her life while she is there
Tara Brennan gets sent to the boring and weird town of Willow Falls for the summer. The reason is unpredictable: she got caught trying to steal a goat from her principal. Soon Tara meets some new friends that helped her face the elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, Angelina. On the way, she learns unexpected information about her parents past. With lots of humour, Tara has fun with her new friends.This is book you will not be able to put down!!!
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