13 Gifts - How Well Do You Know This Novel

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When Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, steals the school mascot, a goat, in order to make some friends with the popular crowd and gets caught, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. In addition, her parents decide that instead of taking her on their summer trip to Madagascar to study the courtship rituals of the Bamboo Lemur, she must go stay with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin Emily St. Claire in Willow Falls. Tara thinks it's a good time to start over; she'll be turning 13 after all, so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a non-criminal manner). What Tara doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday. It's not a typical birthday.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who shows up to pick Tara up at the train station?
    • A. 

      Tara has to thumb a ride into town from the train station.

    • B. 

      Not her aunt or uncle, but a tall blonde guy in cargo shorts.

    • C. 

      No one shows up to pick Tara up and she has to take a taxi.

    • D. 

      The little round woman from the train drops her off at her aunt's house.

  • 2. 
    Which bird is featured throughout this story acting strangely?
    • A. 

      Owls

    • B. 

      Hawks

    • C. 

      Crows

    • D. 

      Ravens

  • 3. 
    Why does David say he sings the best outdoors?
    • A. 

      Because the sound echoes around much better outdoors.

    • B. 

      Because he can't stand to be closed inside of a room.

    • C. 

      Because he is not so shy singing by himself outside.

    • D. 

      Because then he is singing for his father's sake.

  • 4. 
    Why does Angelina say she won't buy the collectible comic book?
    • A. 

      The comic book isn't worth very much.

    • B. 

      Angelina does not deal in rare comic books.

    • C. 

      She'd have to sell everything in her store to afford it.

    • D. 

      She doesn't want to go to jail for buying stolen goods.

  • 5. 
    Why did Tara have trouble talking to strangers?
    • A. 

      Tara was just naturally a shy young lady.

    • B. 

      Her mother had always told her that her tongue would turn green.

    • C. 

      Tara had difficulty saying some words and preferred not to speak much.

    • D. 

      Her father had always warned her she might be abducted by a stranger.

  • 6. 
    Why had Emily's mother discouraged Emily from dancing?
    • A. 

      Their church frowned on dancing of any kind.

    • B. 

      Emily was not very graceful and was sure to embarrass herself.

    • C. 

      Emily's mother was afraid of anything that might detract her from math.

    • D. 

      Their grandmother had some unhappy outcomes from her acting career.

  • 7. 
    Considering their lack of funds, how were the kids able to buy the items?
    • A. 

      They found that the owners of the items were willing to barter.

    • B. 

      The kids all chipped in their savings to buy the items needed.

    • C. 

      Tara found her missing money and paid for everything.

    • D. 

      Tara's aunt loaned her the money she needed.

  • 8. 
    Why isn't David's father living at home with the family?
    • A. 

      David's father was in the Korean War and didn't come home.

    • B. 

      David's mother and father split up when he was five years old.

    • C. 

      David's father is a traveling salesman and is often gone for months.

    • D. 

      He has a disease known as dystonia that affects his muscle control.

  • 9. 
    What reason does Angelina give for putting on the play?
    • A. 

      For Tara to pay off her debt and understand the reason she's in Willow Falls

    • B. 

      To make the townspeople happy to see the show they missed years ago.

    • C. 

      To give the movie producer a chance to audition Emily and others.

    • D. 

      To give Ray a chance to finally direct a show.

  • 10. 
    Which mystery was not cleared up by the end of the story?
    • A. 

      Why Tara's mother moved so often.

    • B. 

      Why the two hawks were so lovey dovey.

    • C. 

      Why Amanda and Leo had to use blackboards to communicate.

    • D. 

      Why Tara had to buy a Valentine's card in the middle of summer.

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