13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

August 27th, 2013 by

13-Gifts_Wendy-MassSubmitted by Makayla, Age 11 from Ohio

Rating: ★★★★★

When trying to make friends 12 year old Tara Brennan is convinced into breaking into her school to steal a goat while armed with pepper spray. As punishment her parents decide to send her to the sleepy little town of Willow Falls to set her straight. When she arrives there she tells lie after lie, day after day. To make sure no one knows the real reason she’s there she must find 13 mysterious gifts before her quickly approaching 13 birthday. While finding the objects she meets a lot of strange and not so strange people like David who sings at the bottom of an empty pool, a girl who may be dating a teen movie star, or two friend who talk to each other using blackboards, and her 11 year old cousin who last time she saw her ate an entire stick of glue. But that willow falls for you, anything is possible and nothing is as it seems. I really liked this book because it was really mysterious. I would recommend this book for people who like a good mystery. I would also recommend it for people who like a book with lots of twists and turns.

Kidsmomo Podcast #55: Farts, Phantoms, and Randoms

October 4th, 2011 by


Why should you be thanking us? Well, the wait is finally over! It’s time to unveil the first Kidsmomo podcast in our new format!

We’re mixing things up, turning a new leaf, welcoming a new day, and all those other things that people say when they’re introducing something new and awesome. So get your ears ready, friends… You’re welcome.

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  • Author cameos from Raymond Bean and Erica Perl
  • Karen’s book review: 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
  • Nancy’s book review: The Phantom Tollboth, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer
  • A review from YOU: 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
  • Hamster pee

And don’t forget: As we mention in the podcast, we’ve got two (count ’em, TWO) sweepstakes running right now! Enter for a chance to win signed copies of the Sweet Farts books and When Life Gives You O.J. Of course, if you’ve already read those books — or any good books lately — send in your review. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy