Thirteenth Child

Thirteenth Child

eBook - 2009
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Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545283038
Characteristics: 1 online resource (344 pages)
Alternative Title: 13th child
Summary: Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.


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Jun 02, 2016

Another review said this was a cross between "Little House" and "Harry Potter", and I think that is very accurate. The protagonist is a girl who is persecuted due to her birth order. Her family moves out to the frontier, where her birth order isn't a problem. She encounters magical creatures and people who deny the need for magic (they think it's only for the weak). This was an entertaining, fairly light read, perfect for when real life is too complicated.

Feb 10, 2014

A great read that ties in the America we know and the alternate history that could have occurred with our without magic. A very fun read that lets us think about the fear of what is inside ourselves as well as the ideas that society perpetuates, both purposely and by accident.

Jun 09, 2013

The plot starts slooow, but it picks up for a dramatic finish.

May 20, 2013

Love this series! Fun, old-west setting with unique fantasy elements, and some extinct species for good measure. I also enjoyed a strong, smart heroine who actually acted the age she is supposed to be.

Aug 11, 2012

Great Book! Love the ending, how Eff was the one who solved the problem

Jul 22, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The setting was original and interesting. The character of Eff and the struggles she went through were believable. It was an all-round enjoyable, fun book.

Mar 29, 2012

it looks good but what i heard it was terrible.

abeautifulmelody Mar 26, 2012

This book ws terrible. I had to read it for a class assignment. It seemed like a great book from the summary but the plot skips constantly making the storyline confusing. The story is really quite pointless. It is simply a book about Eff's life growing up thinking she was unlucky. Nothing exciting about this book. Ugh. Just terrible. DO NOT READ!!

loonylovesgood Jan 03, 2012

Great pick for YRCA. Reminds me a bit of "Harry Potter on the Frontier." I am looking forward to reading the sequel!

Nov 20, 2011

Eff's growth was very fast, but the action and fun parts of the story were too slow and too short. It annoyed me very much when it suddenly got exciting and then it would suddenly all be over and it would be the next winter or summer already. I know this was supposed to be a record of her life and how she copes with having the burden of the 'curse' of being a thirteenth child, but i wished there was more suspense, she came to with her 'curse' faster, and used her enormous amount of magic already!!!! But i'm definetly reading the next book. Hope there's more action!!

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Jun 02, 2016

"There are always people in any group who will go along with authority only so long as authority agrees with their opinions," Papa said.
"And sometimes that's not such a bad thing," Wash commented. Mr. Lewis and Papa both gave him startled looks, but he just smiled. "It all depends on the authority and the opinions, doesn't it?"

crystal_dark Jun 28, 2013

“He pushed his glasses up on his nose and gave me a sidelong look, the one that meant he was so sure you were wrong that he could just wait and let you find out for yourself the hard way.”

crystal_dark Jun 28, 2013

“This is the most important lesson you must learn about magic," Miss Ochiba went on. "There are many ways of seeing. Each has an element of truth, but none is the whole truth. If you limit yourselves to one way of seeing, one truth, you will limit your power. You will also place limits on the kinds of spells you can cast, as well as their strength. To be a good magician, you must see in many ways. You must be flexible. You must be willing to learn from different sources. And you must always remember that the truths you see are incomplete.”
― Patricia C. Wrede, Thirteenth Child

Jun 09, 2013

Lan was madder than a wet cat. That was where he’d found the energy to lift William twenty feet high and hold him there; he was feeding the magic with his anger. He’d used up a good part of his mad by then, but he was still mad enough that the angry part of him didn’t really _want_ William to come down safe. He wasn’t just fighting to hold William up. He was fighting himself, too.

Jun 09, 2013

Once when a spell went wrong, it punched a hole the shape of a duck in every pane of glass in every west-facing window in every building for three blocks around the magic lab, in spite of all the shields and mufflers they had up.

Jun 09, 2013

Suddenly I saw a full-grown steam dragon burst up off the side of the mountain. It tore through the sky like it was running from Judgment Day, and passed overhead without even pausing to consider what a tasty meal my horse and I would make.

Jun 09, 2013

“Magicians!” She said it the way some of Mama’s church lady friends said “saloons” or “actors,” like she was cross that the word even existed for her to have to say.


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Jun 02, 2016

geolatin thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Miss99 Jan 07, 2013

Miss99 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 10


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crystal_dark Jun 28, 2013

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. (From Goodreads))


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