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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was filled with history mystery and adventure. It all starts when a teenage boy named Tony 's great uncle strangely and all the more suddenly dies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kansas2755
This story is so mysterious but it is also very historical. In this story, you will experience what Tony Dimarco experienced on his 13th birthday when a relative suddenly dies and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Bienko
I love reading historical fiction and this one did not let me down. Not only did it keep me interested but it was entertaining.Published on February 5, 2014 by E_VanBeekum-Belnap
This story has more twists and turns in it than a hangmans noose! The readers may think they see where the plot is going, but there are more twists in store. Great read!Published on October 24, 2013 by CBerg
I really enjoyed this book as did my 6th grade niece. I am now reading it aloud to the 5th grade class I work in. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Beth
I am an adult that likes to read kids books, in order to find gems for the grandkids.
I had just finished Richard Newsome's series on The Billionaire Kid and went into the... Read more
Tony DiMarco is not sure if it is a blessing or a curse that he inherited number 13 Hangman's Court. Tony loves solving mysteries, and dreams of growing up to be a detective. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Chandra Haun
I received this as an ebook from NetGalley.
13 Hangmen kept me up late at night reading about Tony and his four new friends, all working to solve the mystery of 13... Read more