Thirteenth Child Book
Score: 3.5
From 49 Ratings

Thirteenth Child


  • Author : Patricia C. Wrede
  • Publisher : Scholastic Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 0545033454

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Thirteenth Child Excerpt :

Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat evil magical creatures.

Across the Great Barrier Book
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

Across the Great Barrier


  • Author : Patricia C. Wrede
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545033435

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Across the Great Barrier Excerpt :

In an alternate frontier America, Eff must travel beyond the Great Barrier and come to terms with her magic abilities--and those of her twin brother--to stop the newest threat encroaching on the settlers.

The Thirteenth Child Book

The Thirteenth Child


  • Author : Karleen Bradford
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-10-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443411943

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The Thirteenth Child Excerpt :

Working at her parents' roadside gas station and struggling to cope with her alcoholic father and defeated mother, Kate escapes her stressful family life by writing stories. So when Mike, the new boy in town, threatens to rob the snack bar, Kate recognizes his need for attention and decides to befriend him instead of turning him in. But when she hears of a series of robberies in town and then about the murder of the popular girl at school, Kate is torn: will the crimes be solved if she reveals what she knows about Mike's past? Both a suspenseful mystery and a sensitive portrayal of a young writer's coming-of-age, Thirteenth Child will grip readers from its first page to its startling conclusion.

The Thirteenth Tale Book
Score: 4
From 501 Ratings

The Thirteenth Tale


  • Author : Diane Setterfield
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release Date : 2009-03-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307371935

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The Thirteenth Tale Excerpt :

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father's antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels. Late one night, while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer. As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

Thirteenth Child Book
Score: 3.5
From 51 Ratings

Thirteenth Child


  • Author : Patricia C. Wrede
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2010-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545283038

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Thirteenth Child Excerpt :

#1 NYT bestselling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west. Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Far West Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Far West


  • Author : Patricia C. Wrede
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545512695

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The Far West Excerpt :

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier. Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows. When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, Eff finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prarie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find. And then spring comes, and the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell may be if they don't find a way to stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff's unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, but this time all of Columbia is at stake if she should fail.

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey


  • Author : Jane Yolen
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-11-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101591512

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Curse of the Thirteenth Fey Excerpt :

You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far more spellbinding… Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king’s land and made to do his bidding. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold. Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left—a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorse’s story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby and the kingdom.

The Ransom of Dond Book

The Ransom of Dond


  • Author : Siobhan Dowd
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-11-07
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448172597

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The Ransom of Dond Excerpt :

Darra is an omen of unluck: a thirteenth child. To appease the dark god, Dond, and bring good fortune to her small island community, Darra must be sacrificed at the age of thirteen - by drowning. On the eve of her final birthday, Darra begins to dream of the twin brother she has watched from afar but never met, and dares to hope that she might escape her fate . . . The scouring wind and remorseless waves which beat against Darra's island world are matched in Pam Smy's powerful, wild and emotive illustrations. The Ransom of Dond is our final story from Siobhan, and a book to be treasured.

Child 44 Book
Score: 4
From 154 Ratings

Child 44


  • Author : Tom Rob Smith
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847398086

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Child 44 Excerpt :

OVER 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD MOSCOW, 1953. Under Stalin’s terrifying regime, families live in fear. When the all-powerful State claims there is no such thing as crime, who dares disagree? AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER IN OVER 30 LANGUAGES An ambitious secret police officer, Leo Demidov believes he’s helping to build the perfect society. But when he uncovers evidence of a killer at large – a threat the state won’t admit exists – Demidov must risk everything, including the lives of those he loves, in order to expose the truth. A THRILLER UNLIKE ANY YOU HAVE EVER READ But what if the danger isn’t from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is fighting to protect? Nominated for seventeen international awards and inspired by a real-life investigation, CHILD 44 is a relentless story of love, hope and bravery in a totalitarian world. From the screenwriter of the acclaimed television series, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY.

Beyond the Century of the Child Book

Beyond the Century of the Child


  • Author : Willem Koops
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812208238

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Beyond the Century of the Child Excerpt :

In 1900, Ellen Key wrote the international bestseller The Century of the Child. In this enormously influential book, she proposed that the world's children should be the central work of society during the twentieth century. Although she never thought that her "century of the child" would become a reality, in fact it had much more resonance than she could have imagined. The idea of the child as a product of a protective and coddling society has given rise to major theories and arguments since Key's time. For the past half century, the study of the child has been dominated by two towering figures, the psychologist Jean Piaget and the historian Philippe Ariès. Interest in the subject has been driven in large measure by Ariès's argument that adults failed even to have a concept of childhood before the thirteenth century, and that from the thirteenth century to the seventeenth there was an increasing "childishness" in the representations of children and an increasing separation between the adult world and that of the child. Piaget proposed that children's logic and modes of thinking are entirely different from those of adults. In the twentieth century this distance between the spheres of children and adults made possible the distinctive study of child development and also specific legislation to protect children from exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Recent students of childhood have challenged the ideas those titans promoted; they ask whether the distancing process has gone too far and has begun to reverse itself. In a series of essays, Beyond the Century of the Child considers the history of childhood from the Middle Ages to modern times, from America and Europe to China and Japan, bringing together leading psychologists and historians to question whether we unnecessarily infantilized children and unwittingly created a detrimental wall between the worlds of children and adults. Together these scholars address the question whether, a hundred years after Ellen Key wrot

Once Upon a River Book
Score: 4
From 74 Ratings

Once Upon a River


  • Author : Diane Setterfield
  • Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743298087

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Once Upon a River Excerpt :

From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “eerie and fascinating” (USA TODAY) The Thirteenth Tale comes a “swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful” (Madeline Miller, internationally bestselling author of Circe) novel about how we explain the world to ourselves, ourselves to others, and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious. On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless. Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known. Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly

The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley Book

The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley


  • Author : Amber Lee Dodd
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Release Date : 2020-04-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780702301322

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The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley Excerpt :

"Amber Lee Dodd writes with tenderness and thunder, and her storytelling is a bolt of brilliance." Kiran Millwood Hargrave The Bradley family are constantly escaping from a centuries old curse which means that every home they ever live in is destroyed by a typhoon or flash flood that affects no other houses on the street, or they are chased out of town by a flock of persistent birds. They have just moved to their thirteenth house and Noah wants this one to work out - he's got some good friends at school and desperately wants himself and his deaf brother Billy to put down roots. But the curse returns - so he must find a way to break it.

Escape Under the Forever Sky Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Escape Under the Forever Sky


  • Author : Eve Yohalen
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2013-08-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781452133485

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Escape Under the Forever Sky Excerpt :

Loosely based on real-life events, this suspenseful story, by a debut novelist, is also funny and touching and will have readers riveted from start to finish. Lucy's mother is the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, so Lucy's life must be one big adventure, right? Wrong. Lucy's worrywart mother keeps her locked up inside the ambassador's residence. All Lucy can do is read about the exotic and exciting world that lies beyond the compound walls and imagine what it would be like to be a part of it. That is, until one day Lucy decides she has had enough and she and a friend sneak off for some fun. But to their horror, Lucy gets kidnapped! With only herself to rely upon, Lucy must use her knowledge of African animals, inventiveness, will, and courage to escape, and in the process embarks on an adventure beyond her wildest imagination. Includes bonus material! - Book Club Discussion Guide

Doctor Who  At Childhood   s End Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Doctor Who At Childhood s End


  • Author : Sophie Aldred
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473532175

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Doctor Who At Childhood s End Excerpt :

Past or future, which path do you choose? Past, present and future collide as the Thirteenth Doctor meets classic Doctor Who companion Ace – in the first epic novel from the woman who played her, Sophie Aldred. Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor – until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Decades later, she is known as Dorothy McShane, the reclusive millionaire philanthropist who heads global organisation A Charitable Earth. And Dorothy is haunted by terrible nightmares, vivid dreams that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London. Could the disappearances be linked to sightings of sinister creatures lurking in the city shadows? Why has an alien satellite entered a secret orbit around the Moon? Investigating the satellite with Ryan, Graham and Yaz, the Doctor is thrown together with Ace once more. Together they must unravel a malevolent plot that will cost thousands of lives. But can the Doctor atone for her past incarnation’s behaviour – and how much must Ace sacrifice to win victory not only for herself, but for the Earth?

The Thirteenth Child Book

The Thirteenth Child


  • Author : Antonia Ridge
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1962
  • Genre: Fiction in English
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105048108166

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The Thirteenth Child Excerpt :

Based on the life of Katherine de Valois.