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13 Hangmen Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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About the Author

Art Corriveau holds an MFA in writing from the University of Michigan. His writing has received great reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and many others. Booklist praised How I Got a Life and a Dog, his first middle-grade novel, for its “vividly drawn” characters. He lives in Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701597
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Liviania VINE VOICE on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I almost didn't pick 13 HANGMEN up due to the baseball player on the cover. Let's face it, I know almost nothing about sports and don't care to know much more. But while love of the Red Sox plays into 13 HANGMEN's plot, the book is about so much more than that.

13 HANGMEN begins when Tony DiMarco's great-uncle Zío Angelo dies and his family movies into his town home: 13 Hangmen Court. The will stipulates that Tony must live in the creepy attic room, which he reluctantly does. Then he wakes up to find Angelo in the room. Pretty soon he figures out that Angelo was actually murdered and this younger version of Angelo is the key to finding the murderer.

I absolutely loved ghostly time travel stories like Mary Downing Hahn's TIME FOR ANDREW growing up. 13 HANGMEN has much the same atmosphere, where the apparitions are friendly but other forces are more sinister. But not only would I have loved 13 HANGMEN as a kid, I devoured it as an adult.

On top of being a mystery and a time-traveling adventure, 13 HANGMEN is a celebration of Boston. The events and people described within are fictionalized or made up, but they're based on the truth. Most interestingly, 13 HANGMEN explores the history of the Italians, Jews, Irish, and blacks in Boston's North End. The residents of 13 Hangmen Court kept the home and its secrets safe despite prejudice and a very nasty set of neighbors.

Art Corriveau doesn't ignore Boston's original inhabitants either. He doesn't sugarcoat that Native Americans were killed and their property destroyed when the colonists came. In fact, it is an artifact of the Algonquins that allows Tony to meet with 13 Hangmen's past residents. (The specific traditions in the book is made up.
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I did not know anything about this book going in to it although based on the title, I was kind of expecting a creepy read, possibly something fantasy revolving around hangmen. Well, that is not it. In fact, it is something better, weaving together lots of little historical moments into a big mystery.

The beginning is a little slow as everything is set up. Tony inherits first an authentic Ted Williams Red Sox cap and then his great-uncle's house on 13 Hangmen's Court in Boston. He, his historian father, mother, and twin older brothers thus move to their new home only to uncover a variety of problems. The house is not in good condition and the father is accused of murdering the uncle by pesky neighbor Hagmann.

However Tony uncovers a secret. When he places the cap on a symbol in his room, he can commune with his great-uncle in 1939; both boys are 13 and share the connection of the hat. As they talk, they learn about how the family Hagmann has been trying to get their house for generations and end up talking with other thirteen-year old boys who owned the house under the same unusual circumstances as Tony, revealing every time a little bit more about the mystery of the house as well as a peek into American history through one of its most important cities.

While I was a little skeptical of this book, I quickly fell in love and flew through it. There are so many aspects I love: awkward boy struggling with his weight and fitting in with his family, love of mysteries as Tony gets the opportunity to try to solve an actual one, and of course American history as we get to go all the way back to the time of the American Revolution.

As a middle-grade novel, I thought the writing was on a simpler level than perhaps a YA novel would be.
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I teach 5th grade and one of my students requested (begged really) that I read this book, as he adored it. Terrific read for the grade level. The beginning is a bit slow up until the plot becomes apparent, but once the reader gets it you don't want to put it down. For teachers, this book is fantastic for comparing characters, developing the skill of inferring, making predictions, plot development, and the mystery or historical fiction genre. Since it jumps around in history students may need support in keeping events straight. Be sure to read the notes of the author at the end explaining the fictitious parts and the historically accurate portions at the very end. I recommend this for the classroom, as a gift for a student, or whatever works to get a book in the hand of a young reader!

Oh, and thanks Ian for not giving up on me and making sure the book made it to my car so I could read it over the break! Future students will appreciate the book as much as you do!
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The interweaving of local color (yes, I do live in the Boston area), history, and a contemporary coming of age story really kept my interest from beginning to end. Suspensful, tightly woven, but with quirky, relatable characters. And the "what was fact and what was made up" section at the end was genius--saved me from having to google everything! I sort of wish the cover didn't have a baseball player on it, I don't care AT ALL for baseball but loved the book. I don't want people who aren't sports nuts to wonder if it's for them.
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