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The Thirteen Treasures

Written by Michelle Harrison

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The Thirteen Treasures Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

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

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.


The Thirteen Treasures Synopsis

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 Press Reviews

“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

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ISBN: 9781471183249
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471121678
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471121678
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Michelle Harrison
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks

About Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison is a full time author who lives in Essex. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and is published in sixteen countries including the UK. It was followed by The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Michelle has since written Unrest,  a ghost story for older readers and One Wish, a prequel to the Thirteen Treasures books. The Other Alice is her sixth novel. Michelle's path to becoming a writer was inspired by stories told by her sisters as she was growing up, one of which was so vivid it prompted her ...

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