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Wish Paperback – Aug. 29 2017
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Don't miss Barbara O'Connor's other middle-grade work―like Wonderland; How to Steal a Dog; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester; and more!
A touching, New York Times–bestselling story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers.
Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets
Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.
From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.
This title has Common Core connections.
“The many ways [Charlie] wishes form something of a catalog of folk and family traditions and are delightful all by themselves. . . . Speaking in an honest voice revealing her hurt, resentment, and vulnerability, Charlies explains how her wish comes true. A warm, real, and heartfelt tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“At school, at home, and in the community, the characters and settings are well drawn, but it’s the narrator’s convincing, compelling voice that will draw readers into the novel and keep them there until her wish finally comes true.” ―Booklist
“O’Connor (How To Steal a Dog) pens a touching tale of resilience sure to resonate with children who have ever felt like they didn’t belong. . . . Poignant and genuine, this is a tale that will resonate with readers long after they finish it and have them cheering for the underdogs―both of the two-legged and four-legged varieties.” ―School Library Journal
“O’Connor again finds the sweet spot for young readers who are beyond early chapter books but not quite ready for the cynicism and/or complexity of much tween-into-teen lit. Bertha, Gus, and the Odoms are certainly awash in goodness, but their big-heartedness never devolves into sentimentality.” ―The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
“Like a generous portions of grits,Wish makes the world a little better.” ―Bookpage
“This heartwarming story is not tobe missed.” ―Kidsreads
“O’Connor has the setting and colloquial mountain speech down pat, but most important, she gets at the heart of Charlie’s unhappiness, showing that wishes may come true, but perhaps not in the ways we expect.” ―The Horn Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint edition (Aug. 29 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250144051
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250144058
- Item weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 13.08 x 1.65 x 19.43 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Canada on June 15, 2022
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A story well written. Both 10 year old and myself loved this book. The author paints a picture with her words. Both my daughter and myself could picture the characters and their homes.
Good book for 10 years to to 99 years old.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on June 15, 2022
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This is my opinion of the book have a good time ;)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 13, 2020