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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:
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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 thirteen, after all, so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a noncriminal manner). What Tara doesn’t know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her thirteenth birthday. It’s not a typical birthday. But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical!

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  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Amanda | 2/8/2014

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

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