Release Date: April 12, 2010
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: Around the World Tours
While visiting her grandmother’s house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby – a girl Tanya’s grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker’s son, is tormented by the girl’s disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability …The manor’s sinister history is about to repeat itself …
Let me just start off by saying that whatever I say won’t do the 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison 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 is a terrible turn of events in Tanya’s world but when clues start popping up in a 50 year old mystery Tanya may just get some of her questions answered.
I had heard some really great things about this book so when the chance came to read it of course I took it. I was not disappointed! 13 Treasures is full of mystery. There was never a dull moment! When I wasn’t reading this, I wanted to be reading this.
All of the characters were very very well written! I loved Tanya. She was mature and confident when other 13 year olds would have run screaming. All the secondary characters were great too. I loved Fabian and his Dad. I Loved the fairies also!
There are tons of books out there about girls who see fairies. This one was no different but somehow 13 Treasures stood out! I really loved it. It read like a movie. I actually see this being made into a movie in the near future. I had a lot of fun reading this and I plan on buying the sequel from Book Depository because there’s no way I’m waiting until the American release date!!