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4.00038476337053 out of 54.00038476337053 out of 54.00038476337053 out of 54.00038476337053 out of 54.00038476337053 out of 5 4.00 (2,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Mass Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545437035
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Wendy Mass turns to another magical birthday: 13!

NARRATOR: TBA
FORMAT: 5 CDs, Unabridged

When Alyssa, 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. Alyssa 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 Alyssa doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kathleen McInerney effectively portrays the dynamics of the tween characters who make up this story. Her Australian accent is spot-on, and she switches from children to adult characters flawlessly…The story’s madcap antics are pleasantly grounded by McInerney’s youthful voice.”

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  • “Strange happenings propel the story forward, as Tara has her money stolen and meets a pawnshop owner who commands the youngster to collect thirteen objects from unsuspecting people, all of whom are fully realized through McInerney’s skillful narration. She capably distinguishes mature adult characters and children. Speaking in a little-girl voice, McInerney captures Tara’s naïveté and uses more breathy tones for Tara’s math-loving cousin. Of particular note is the flawless Aussie accent for a handyman, whose down-under expressions enliven this quirky series title, filled with plot surprises and a bit of magic.”

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  • “By fusing middle-school drama with just a sprinkle of magic and mystery, Mass provides an optimistic and genuine addition to the coming-of-age genre. Many readers will relate to Tara, a seventh-grade wallflower who gains self-confidence, friendship, and a true place in Willow Falls. Her narration has an authentic voice, allowing readers to experience her thoughts, motives, and feelings. Mass keeps the plot jumping like a fireworks display; there’s one surprise spark after another, all coming together at the end for a breathtaking finale.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Equal parts philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 Parents' Choice Award Silver Medalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booklover123 | 2/13/2014

    " Great Book! Really ties in with 11 Birthdays and Finally! Wendy Mass has done it again! If you love the first 2 books you'll love this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/11/2014

    " Loved it! Wendy Mass has successfully continued her story of this special town, with lovable new characters, beloved youngsters, and it's amazing, oldest inhabitants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/9/2014

    " What delightful book! It's clever and funny and thought provoking. My kids and I listened to the entire book on tape. Even the 4 year old was begging to listen to the story! I just realized that it is the 3rd in a trilogy, but it stands on its own very well. I love how the characters' flaws help them learn and ultimately change for the better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/8/2014

    " It was awesome! Read 11 Birthdays and Finally before because they have a lot of the same careecters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 1/30/2014

    " Pretty good. All the characters from the previous books make appearances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book along with the first two in the series. (11 birthdays and Finally.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savanna | 1/25/2014

    " STILL NEED TO READ IT BOOK MISSING PAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/23/2014

    " Wow. Wendy Mass does it again! This book was awesome! It is a sequel to 11 Birthdays and Finally. This is my favorite book for sure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/18/2014

    " This was sweet, but I felt like the "mystical" factor was completely unnecessary. Also it had so many shades of Jeremy Fink but wasn't as amazing as that one. Stlil, a good read and a nice book--I ended up giving it to a 13-year-old who sat next to me on the plane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/14/2014

    " I liked it, it had something in the end that you kind of never would have expected "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goat Girl | 1/12/2014

    " I love this book!! It has so many subplots. Very exciting and addicting. Thank you Ethan and Mom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/3/2014

    " Very fun, clever read. I liked the mix of characters - gender, background, etc - will work well with a variety of readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2013

    " This was a small group and they really enjoyed the book. After reading it realized that it was apart of a series and wanted to read the others as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 â™ Abbyâ™ | 12/8/2013

    " it's very awesome to read but also fun to listen to!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Cortes-Ose | 12/3/2013

    " It is so funny and such an interesting book to read. Tara was so funny and clever, and I loved re-reading about old characters in the series, like Rory, Leo, Amanda, Sawyer, Sari, Annabelle, and Stephanie. This book is so awesome!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 11/11/2013

    " I loved it!!!! It was my favorite of the whole trilogy!! It is amazing how everything fits together at the ending. I was super happy for Tara when she got to move to Willow Falls. I loved the part when you figure out about the love potion to the mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 9/1/2013

    " you have to read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Koko | 8/15/2013

    " Once more, Wendy mass has made a new ooh about willow falls. I really enjoyed this book, as it was interesting and grippping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 7/27/2013

    " another great book by Wendy Mass(: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madilyn Trimmell | 4/4/2013

    " Really good but weird "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/5/2013

    " You do realize the main character is Tara not Alyssa, right? Who wrote the summary to this book anyway? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pixieshadow10354 | 12/21/2012

    " There are no words to describe this book. This book teaches you things, makes you laugh, and makes you cry. This books makes you confused, understanding, angry, delighted, sad, happy... Just read it! But only if you have read 11 Birthdays and Finally 12 first! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/1/2012

    " Not as good as the other two in this trio of books. Was really disapointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaylene | 6/26/2012

    " In the "11 Birthdays" series, the same characters return to help another friend through their magical birthday problems. I love these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaylee | 4/4/2012

    " This was the most amazing book I've EVER read in my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE!!!It is just so amazing it has the same settings and characters as in Finally and 11 birthdays!Go Wendy Mass! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amrin Zaeda | 3/25/2012

    " I loved how this book made sharp turns and the surprises were actually very very interesting. Wendy Mass has made yet another masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/23/2012

    " At times I really hated this book. The characters and the situations they found themselves in and their resulting actions were ridiculous. But what can I say, the ending got me. I liked it in spite of myself.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 11/27/2011

    " Wendy Mass is my favorite author I love the way she writes!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 10/28/2011

    " There's just something about these books that makes me want to keep reading them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Payton Seckel | 10/18/2011

    " Ultamite favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book along with the first two in the series. (11 birthdays and Finally.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/9/2011

    " ya i am done i love this book thank you wendy!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 10/5/2011

    " This is a great series! This book took me awhile to get into but by the end I was really liking it. I can also tell there's going to be a fourth book in the series which I'll be excited to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbiea | 10/4/2011

    " Loved this third book, terrific connections to theater, appropriate religion topics, and the fantasy element of other two books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2011

    " So far the book is very interesting with all the wired characters. I havent lost interest yet. I cant stop reading the book when I start. I really like this book. I am about 1/2 way done reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/26/2011

    " A charming teen read. Easy to recommend to a tween/teen girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison | 9/25/2011

    " I think this is a really good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/9/2011

    " I laughed alot reading this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 5/18/2011

    " 2.5 stars. Disappointed with this one. Very slow pace, not the best framework for a story, and parts of the ending weren't resolved at all (although Mass could be setting up another book in the Willow Falls series). Still a cute read, and middle-schoolers will enjoy it. "

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