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Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

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!
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on September 1, 2011 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545310032
ISBN-13: 9780545310031
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  • WillowfallsfanSunday, January 19, 2020 at 10:02 am
    This book was amazing!!!!!!!
    • auntieb
      auntiebWednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:46 am55 stars
      Tara never socializes as her mom says. So she decides to steal the principal's goat mascot so she can seat with the popular crowd at lunch for the last week of school. all falls apart when she is caught and the getaway car leaves without her. Her parents are not happy to say the least. And they decide as punishment that she can't go with them to Madagascar for he mom's research. She has to go to the rinky-dink town of Willow Falls where nothing ever happens - until her wallet get's stolen on the train ride! With no money left from her parent's, Tara decides to work at a thrift shop - the only problem is not everyone can see it! And the lady there only wants her to get some psycho stuff from a weird list. But. It's a job. But as Tara find things on the list she discovers an old secret of her mother's and an old friend........
      • sylvie55555
        sylvie55555Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm55 stars
        This is the 3rd book in the Willow Falls series written by Wendy Mass. In this book Tara is forced to visit her mom's home town, Willow Falls, due to an incident involving a stolen goat, a can of pepper spray, and the principal. At first Tara's bummed. But after arriving at Willow Falls Tara is starting to feel a little bit better. For the first time, she's making new friends, she and her cousin are finally getting along, she might meet Jake Harrison ( a teenage movie idol) and she's even directing a play! But when Tara learns the real reason she came to Willow Falls she's not so happy anymore. What will happen? Read the book to find out!
        • inmemoryofcpr
          inmemoryofcprWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:31 am44 stars
          This book was also really good but some parts were confusing. The nice part is that in the end everything eventually fits in. It was a really good book and you should read the entire series.
          • stego_saurus132Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm
            it is such a wonder full book to read
            • hpw_24
              hpw_24Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:05 am
              I am reading thirteen gifts right now.... it is such a good book. I got it for christmas and i reccomend it to everyone.
              • bananagirl2002
                bananagirl2002Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:10 am44 stars
                Great book! Wendy Mass did it again :0
                • catslovewaffles
                  catslovewafflesWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:45 am44 stars
                  This book is really good so far. I'm only about a few chapters into it but it's great. The book is about a girl named Tara who gets punished for stealing a stuffed goat. Her parents decide that she will not be going to Madagascar with them. She will be staying with her aunt and uncle and cousin Emily.
                  • tori3ghoul
                    tori3ghoulSaturday, November 25, 2017 at 4:32 pm55 stars
                    I had read Finally first and decided to read this one next. After getting suspended from school, Tara is forced to spend the summer with her aunt Bethany, uncle Roger, and cousin Emily in Willow Falls. My favorite part was when Emily and Tara explore Roger's collectibles room.
                    • littlegirl800
                      littlegirl800Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:04 am33 stars
                      this is a good book. but i recommend reading the other willow falls books before you rad 13 gifts. because all of the characters tie back to 13 gifts.