13 Treasures is not your mother’s fairy story!

January 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, inside illustrations by Kelly Louise Judd; published by Little, Brown & Company, New York; 2010.

NOTE: This review is based on an ARC (advance reading copy) provided for free by the publisher.  The cover art, below, and the publication information is subject to change.  The book was published in April 2010.

Tanya is tormented by fairies.  They seem bent on getting her into trouble.  And that’s not hard to do, since Tanya is the only person who sees her tormentors.  Tired of what seem like tantrums and anger management issues, Tanya’s mother sends her into the Essex countryside to spend the summer with Grandmother Florence at Elvesden Manor.  With the help of the groundskeeper’s son, Fabian, Tanya unravels a mystery that has tied their families together for more than 50 years, but also runs deep in the fabric of human history.

Please forgive the cross posting!  I have also reviewed this book on my young adult blog, “YA” Need Books, because this story would appeal to young adult readers as well.  Certainly, the publisher is correct in recommending the story to upper elementary readers, but older readers will be smitten with this tale of the darker side of fairies.  You see, not all fairies look, or act, like Tinkerbell.  Their story will send a chill up your spine and entertain at the same time.  I know that readers in fourth and fifth grade will wait in line to read this mystery adventure.

The publisher has created a website with resources to expand the reading experience.  Read more about the author, the book and even play a game at http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/13treasures/index.html.  As a librarian, I would include this on pathfinders about fairies.  I’d also use it on a recommended reading list for summer.


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