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by Tom Hoyle

Trade Binding | 240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432943 | 03-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: EIGHTH | Age: 12 up

Themes: Adventure, Survival, Fairness, Justice & Equality
Recommendations: C, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.11-12.1-6, 10
L.11-12.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
W.11-12.2, 4-10
SL.11-12.1, 1a-d, 4-6

About the Book

Thirteen boys were born at midnight in London on the stroke of the new millennium. Today twelve of them are dead. They were executed by a cult called "The People," under the leadership of a dark, ruthless man named Coron. The People have tracked down all but one of the boys and will do anything to reach their last victim, thirteen-year-old Adam. Adam doesn't know he's in danger. Raised by adoptive parents, he has never known his real birthday, and he has no idea that his days are numbered. When a cult deserter named Simon tries to warn him, Adam can hardly believe what he is facing.

With help from Simon, Adam and his best friend Megan dodge a double agent policeman, multiple assassination attempts, and Coron himself, while labeled a public enemy for killing in self-defense. This heart-stopping thriller saves the best for last as Adam races against the clock to prevent a spectacular disaster.


"The plot zings along at a blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace. . . . Plentiful dialogue and cliffhanger chapter endings make this an easy pick for reluctant readers.—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how he developed and related elements in THIRTEEN. Include where the story is set, how the action is ordered and how the characters are introduced and developed. RL.11-12.3

2. How does author Tom Hoyle create suspense? Discuss specific literary elements from the text. RL.11-12.1, 3

3. How does Tom Hoyle structure the plot of THIRTEEN, including exposition, complication, crisis, climax and resolution. RL.11-12.1, 5

4. Do you think Tom Hoyle will write a sequel? In small groups, delineate what the next book would look like. Create a book cover and write a summary. SL.11-12.1, 1c, 1d, 4