The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

The Thirteen Treasures

Written by Michelle Harrison

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This is an enchanting and at times terrifying debut that's beautifully written. 13 year old Tanya and her mother have an uneasy relationship so for part of the summer she is despatched off to her grandmother who lives in a rickety old house. While there, she sees a bookcase revolve and in front of her is a narrow stone staircase leading way down beyond the bowels of the house. She steps down them and what she sees brings a scream to her mouth but nothing come out. The long lost girl she sees carries something that for the briefest of moments morphs into something else and they each realise they both have the ability of second sight - of seeing fairies. Mysteries and secrets abound in this superb debut and Tanya is put in terrible danger in this sinister tale. Can Tanya's ability of second sight help her unravel the mystery?

A word from the editor:

As the publisher of The Spiderwick Chronicles, we know a good faerie tale when we see it… and we believe that this novel makes the perfect next step for fans of that bestselling series. Classic in its telling, but modern in its setting, The Thirteen Treasures is a novel that is destined to enchant. Michelle Harrison has woven a bewitching tale that sucks you in and doesn’t let you go, and surprises you all the way – rather like the faerie world that draws our heroine Tanya closer and closer to a terrifying fate in The Thirteen Treasures.

Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2009


The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability ...The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself ...

The thrilling trilogy comprises...

The Thirteen Treasures

The Thirteen Curses

The Thirteen Secrets


“The Thirteen Treasures is a fascinating, compelling adventure which transports the reader into the fairy realm. It is ideal for kids who’ve been hooked on Spiderwick or Harry Potter
and want something fresh and new to read.” Janice Hume, Waterstone’s Stafford

About the Author

Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison was born in 1979 and grew up in Grays, Essex. She has a degree in Illustration, and is a former Waterstone’s bookseller and assistant editor at Oxford University Press. She now writes full-time and has a son, Jack, and two cats.

Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and has been sold in over sixteen countries. It is followed by two sequels, The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets and a prequel, One Wish. She has also published Unrest, a stand-alone ghost novel for teens and is now working on a second young adult novel.

Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson

Q&A with Michelle Harrison

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Elvesden Manor.

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My Essex accent.

Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who look down their noses at others.

Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being an author and an illustrator!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

Favourite authors
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

8th May 2014




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