Thirteens (The Secrets of Eden Eld #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Secrets of Eden Eld series.

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 Ages 10-13, For fans of It. Every 13 years on Halloween, 3 13-year-olds in a sleepy town are taken away...and never heard from again.

— From Middle Grade Monster Mash (Ages 7-12)


A dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret--and the three kids brave enough to uncover it. Perfect for fans of Stranger Things.

Every thirteen years in the town of Eden Eld, three thirteen-year-olds disappear.

Eleanor has just moved to the quiet, prosperous Eden Eld. When she awakes to discover an ancient grandfather clock that she's never seen before outside her new room, she's sure her eyes must be playing tricks on her. But then she spots a large bird, staring at her as she boards the school bus. And a black dog with glowing red eyes follows her around town. All she wants is to be normal, and these are far from normal. And worse--no one else can see them.

Except for her new friends, Pip and Otto, who teach her a thing or two about surviving in Eden Eld. First: Don't let the "wrong things" know you can see them. Second: Don't speak of the wrong things to anyone else.

The only other clue they have about these supernatural disturbances is a book of fairytales unlike any they've read before. It tells tales of the mysterious Mr. January, who struck a cursed deal with the town's founders. Every thirteenth Halloween, he will take three of their children, who are never heard from again. It's up to our trio to break the curse--because Eden Eld's thirteen years are up. And Eleanor, Pip, and Otto are marked as his next sacrifice.

About the Author

Kate Alice Marshall started writing before she could hold a pen properly, and never stopped. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a chaotic menagerie of pets and family members, and ventures out in the summer to kayak and camp along Puget Sound. She is the author of the YA novels I Am Still Alive, Rules for Vanishing, and Our Last Echoes. Thirteens was her middle grade debut, followed by its sequel, Brackenbeast. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.

Praise For…

Raves for Thirteens:

“Readers beware! This book is a trap: once you start reading,you will not be able to stop. Thirteens is a deliciously creepystay-up-all-night adventure that will shiver throughyou like a cold October wind. I loved every page!”—Jonathan Auxier, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener and Sweep

“Creepy, mysterious, and a whole lot of fun. Thirteens kept me up well past my bedtime. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”—Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus

“A sensational, spooky tale. Thirteens has all the creepyelements that I adore: a town with a wicked history,lovable characters, great writing, plenty of scares, and mystery layered upon mystery. Sign me up for the next book!”—J. A. White, author of Nightbooks

"'Wrong' in the right kind of way."—Kirkus Reviews

"Eerie, atmospheric...will keep readers up at night."—Publishers Weekly

Marshall stokes the eerie vibes of her fantasy-imbued mystery right off the bat."—Booklist

"An enthralling mystery."—School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593117040
ISBN-10: 0593117042
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: The Secrets of Eden Eld