Tuesday, August 10, 2010

13 Treasures

Tanya is at the end of her rope - and so is her mother. As far as her mother is concerned, Tanya's behavior is destructive and irresponsible, and something must be done about it. Tanya is helpless to explain that the destruction is caused by fairies, nasty little creatures quite different from those in fairytale books, and only she can see them. When she breaks their rules - writing things down about them, for example - she wakes up stuck to the ceiling of her bedroom, at the fairies' mercy.

Her mother sends Tanya to stay with her grandmother, a cold woman who has never appeared very interested in Tanya. She lives in a secluded, rambling old house that is rumored to have secret passageways and hidden rooms, and there Tanya becomes involved in a mystery that full of twists and tangles and very real danger.

I read this aloud to my children, ages 9 and 11, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Typically I read books to them that I've already read, ones either from my childhood that I adored, or others that I've read since and enjoyed so much that I want to share them. It was fun to explore this one for the first time together - and I have to say there were times I was tempted to read on after I'd sent the girls up to bed (but I knew I'd be in Big Trouble if I did, so I managed to resist the temptation). Tanya is a compelling heroine; she certainly has her faults, but she is resourceful and stubborn, learns from experience, and grows in positive ways. The plot is gripping and full of surprises. It has a satisfying conclusion but leaves enough open-ended details and unanswered questions that we are all anxiously awaiting the next installment. Many thanks to Cat at Beyond Books for her recommendation!

Books in the Thirteen Treasures series:
1. 13 Treasures
2. 13 Curses
3. 13 Secrets
(to be published in 2011)

13 Treasures (#1 in the Thirteen Treasures series) by Michelle Harrison (Little, Brown and Co., 2010)

Source: My local public library

Also reviewed at:
Beyond Books: "Very well written, humourous and mysterious, this is one book that I will recommend to parents who are looking for something for their kids, or young readers who are looking for a magical and imaginative romp through a world sparkled with faeries – even if they aren’t all sunshine and puppies."
TinasBookReviews: "Balanced with the right amount of fairy tale and scary faeries, 13 Treasures delivered a magical story sure to please any reader who loves magic, faeries and a great mystery."
Valentina's Room: "A very enjoyable and entertaining story for anyone who loves fairy lore, Gothic novels and a bit of mystery."

And here is a link to an interesting interview with author Michelle Harrison over at Cat's blog, Beyond Books.


  1. I have been WAITING for you to post about this! I thought you were taking an awful long time to get through it. haha!! So happy you enjoyed it!

  2. Cat - We loved it! I am SO far behind in books! We finished this ages ago and are now about halfway through The Hobbit, which is going well. I am going to try to keep my reviews short and sweet till I get caught up, which is a bit of a challenge for me!

  3. I have a copy of this and the sequel on my shelves waiting for me to get to them :) Glad you all enjoyed it so much despite you not having read it previously. Looking forward to seeing what you think of the sequel.

  4. Ooo, I loved the Hobbit. I read it in 6th grade I think. Lord of the Rings bored me to tears with the first few chapters of the first book so I have never gone much beyond The Hobbit!

  5. Cat - I'm glad to say that The Hobbit is just as much fun as I remembered! It took a couple chapters to get the girls sucked into the story, but they are hooked now. :-)

  6. What a fun book for the lower end of my middle school audience (such as it is at this early date of my blog)--sounds like a great read! Thanks for reviewing it.

  7. Rhinoa - Yikes - somehow I missed your comment here. I'm not sure the sequel is even out here yet - but I get the feeling we'll all be reading it together. Hope you can get to it soon (but read Flora Segunda first!) :-)

    Willow - Hi! I do think that is the perfect audience for this book. I hope they enjoy it!

  8. Lol. It sounds very cute! I love all the different versions of the fae in fiction :)

  9. Ladytink - Me, too - and this one has an interesting take on fae, changelings, etc. that I enjoyed.


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