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Thirteenth Child Audiobook

Thirteenth Child

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

©2009 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 07-16-14
    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A fascinating alternate history for our land"

    Eff struggles to find her place while seeking to limit the damage she might cause, what with being the thirteenth child born to her family and the older twin to her brother Lan, a seventh son of a seventh son. Everyone knows, after all, that Double Sevens are both lucky and powerful natural magicians, while thirteenth children are bad luck to have around and certain to go bad. But in trying to control the curse she fears lies on her, is Eff likely to destroy her own considerable magic power?

    Far from the prejudice shown by her father's family back east, Eff finds Mill City on the Mammoth River to offer far more acceptance than she'd known as a small child. And as she grows she becomes increasingly fascinated by the lands west of the Great Divide where a powerful magic boundary runs along the river, keeping creatures such as mammoths and wooly rhinos, sphinxes and ice dragons west of the mixed spells set up to protect the settled lands. In this alternate United States, after all, magic is a real source of power; and it is both respected and necessary for those who wish to settle in the plains west of the river. Or, is it as necessary as is commonly believed?

    Patricia Wrede has written a fascinating first volume in what promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking series of a girl growing up on the leading edge of a growing nation in which magic is a common feature of life. Perhaps inspired equally by Laura Ingals Wilder, J.K. Rowling, and Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series. Narration is good, but could be better, I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Chesterton, IN, United States 06-12-14
    Kindle Customer Chesterton, IN, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice Juvenal Novel"

    I'm sort of damning with faint praise. This was a perfectly pleasant read. It's a child's viewpoint, and it never really transcends that in a way that grabbed me. Nice premise. I'd like to see the next in the series just to see if a more adult character would have more substance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MissSweet 05-21-14
    MissSweet 05-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A lovely surprise..."
    What did you love best about Thirteenth Child?

    There was a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed the folksy language, the unusual animals, and the alternate historical timeline that is referenced throughout the book.


    Would you recommend Thirteenth Child to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book. I read a review that said it was like Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. I would agree with that. It is an interesting story about a young girl growing up in a magical society on the frontier.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene may have been when Eff finally stood up to her awful Uncle.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Look out Laura Ingalls, there's a new girl on the frontier.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 06-25-14
    Patrick 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Really weak story and writing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were flat and this felt more like a first draft outline than a finalized story. About 10 more drafts would have made this a good story. Really very little happened to the characters that made me root for them.


    Has Thirteenth Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope... but I won't be listening to anything by this author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was ok, but not one of the better speakers. Her attempt at character voices were half-hearted at best.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concept of a 13th born child witch was a great idea and could have really been a great story. It was the reason I bought the book


    Any additional comments?

    I really tried with this story. I plowed through it thinking that the story telling had to get better. the trails of a child must get deeper as she grew up... but by the end of the book I felt like I was cheated out of 10 hours of my life.

    So many missed story opportunities were glossed over and the major trials that would shape a young girl were, again, glossed over. The writing and story telling were the weakest I have heard. Something you would expect from freshman English... not something that Audible would have in their collection.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 05-15-14
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Magical Children"

    Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.

    This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andromeda US 01-29-17
    Andromeda US 01-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good universe, bad character"

    I like the alternate world/history that Wrede created, and I enjoyed the narration. There are parts of the story that deserve five stars but I couldn't get past my dislike for Eff. The first four years of her life included taunts about being a thirteenth child, which superstition claims as bad. Then, she spends the next fourteen years second-guessing herself, hiding a part of herself and being less than she could be simply because of superstitions heaped on her my aunts and uncles when she was a preschooler. I spent large parts of the book hoping that she would move on. She makes some progress in this but only due to the pressures and reassurances of others - it isn't driven by anything in her own psyche. She was a disappointment but I like this alternate universe and will read the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-13-16
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "An interesting story"

    I enjoy Amanda Ronconi's performance. She does an excellent job with her characters. The characters are very interesting. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I wish the author had put in a little more about her alternate world. She should have made it more dis similar or given a little more background. The little information she gives is scattered throughout. That makes it difficult to picture the world she has created. This alternate world is set on North America that is occupied by woolly mammoths, saber cats, dragons and other plants and animals. Some are magical, some are not. I did not hear anywhere if there was a native human population on north or south continents. The country is refered to as Columbia. I could not figure out if this was because of the country or Columbus. Settlers showed up, killed off anything considered dangerous and then begin reshaping the country as they think fit. Conflict is listed among 3 different schools of magic. But nothing is really clarified about why there is conflict. I hope any sequels fill in some information gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Perth, Australia 07-13-16
    Frederick Perth, Australia 07-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "L`Amour style fantasy"

    If you like westerns and fantasy this is a great series.
    Told from a point of view so like Tell Sackett, I was hooked.
    Magic is a fact of life and some people and animals can use it.
    Not a Dungeons & Dragons style story.
    Only 3 books in the series, well worth every cent or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susi 06-02-16
    Susi 06-02-16
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    "fun middle grade story"

    this is a serious that will find its way into all elementaries. good for both girls and boys.

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    Sunny 05-16-16
    Sunny 05-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved It!!"

    I read a review for this book that said it was like Little House on the Prairie meets Harry Potter and I agree. I loved the book right from the start! I wish there were more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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