Thirteens

Thirteens

Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger Things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret--and the three kids brave enough to uncover it.

Twelve-year-old Eleanor has just moved to Eden Eld to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother was killed in a fire. Her birthday, which falls on Halloween, is just around the corner, and she hopes that this year will be a fresh start at a new life. But then one morning, an ancient grandfather clock counting down thirteen hours appears outside of her bedroom. And then she spots a large black dog with glowing red eyes prowling the grounds of her school. A book of fairytales she's never heard of almost willingly drops in front of her, as if asking to be read. Something is wrong in the town of Eden Eld.

Eleanor and her new classmates, Pip and Otto, are the only ones who see these "wrong things," and they also all happen to share a Halloween birthday. Bonded by these odd similarities, the trio uncovers a centuries-old pact the town has with a mysterious figure known as Mr. January: every thirteen years, three thirteen-year-olds disappear, sacrificed in exchange for the town's unending good fortune. This Halloween, Mr. January is back to collect his payment and Eleanor, Pip, and Otto are to be his next offering...unless they can break the curse before the clock strikes thirteen.

Title:Thirteens
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593117026
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    Thirteens Reviews

  • rachel ?

    ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[parental abandonment, child neglect, attempted murder, housefire recounted, implied death of a mother, pregnancy & labour (off-page), and kidnapping (hide spoil...

  • Tiffani Reads

    I could not put this book down! Pitched as Coraline meets Stranger Things, this book has the perfect amount of creepiness and suspense to make it a real page turner. It is extremely well written and I...

  • Lauren

    Thank you to edelweiss and penguin publishing group for an arc in exchange for an honest review.*4.5*Kate, you've done it again. oh boy you know how to write a spoooooky bookIt says Coraline meets Str...

  • Caryn - iam.caryn

    While reading this book, my face could best be described as the eyes wide emoji. This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.If you’re an adult reader like me, and grew up readin...

  • Karen Barber

    Kate Alice Marshall’s first foray into middle grade books...and it is a beauty!The town of Eden Eld is a quiet, prosperous town where nothing really happens. Eleanor (always known as Elle to her mum...

  • jocelyn

    Rules for Vanishing was my favorite (YA) horror book of 2019, so when I found out Kate Alice Marshall had written a MG horror for 2020, I was beyond ready to be spooked again. And spooked I was! M...

  • Alma

    Those of you who are regulars on my blog know I refuse to read books in a series unless I have all of them in front of me. However, the publisher tricked me. I actually enjoyed it, but the cliffhanger...

  • Kelly

    Delightfully spooky and fun! I love the characters, the mystery, the enchantment is it all! I can’t wait to come back to Eden Eld (I hope there is more to come!). ...

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  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusEleanor ("Elle") moves to the town of Eden Eld to live with her aunt and uncle after a terrifying incident when her mother set fire to their house and Eleanor almost di...