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Wish Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): O'Connor, Barbara
ISBN: 1250144051     ISBN-13: 9781250144058
Publisher: Square Fish
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: August 2017
Annotation: Charlie Reese is sent to live with a family she barely knows, but with the help of a skinny stray dog who captures her heart and a neighbor boy named Howard, she learns what the real meaning of family may be.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Human-animal relationships; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
Families; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017029266
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 227 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 184124
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69327
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Barbara O'Connor was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She has written many award-winning books for children, including How to Steal a Dog and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Eleven-year-old Charlie is sent to live with heretofore-unknown Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus in western North Carolina, and she wishes--every day--to go home. The wish doesn't come true, but Charlie has a lot going for her, including neighbor friend Howard and adopted stray dog Wishbone. What in lesser hands could have turned sappy develops here as a slowly evolving character study. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #6)
With her father in the county jail and her mother unable to get her "feet on the ground," eleven-year-old Charlie is sent away to live with Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus, two heretofore-unknown relatives living in western North Carolina. Mad as all get-out, Charlie expresses her anger with that old triumvirate of fighting, sassing, and holding pity parties. And she wishes. Every day. The same wish: to go home. But it doesn't come true. Far from abandoned, however, Charlie has a lot going for her. A neighbor boy, Howard Odom, may be the most generous friend a person could wish for, and Gus and Bertha clearly care for her. There's also the dog Wishbone, a stray she adopts who, like Charlie, just needs a home. Still, Charlie is so busy wishing for her old life that she fails to recognize the love and care that surrounds her in this new one. As Howard reminds her: "If all our troubles were hung on a line, you'd choose yours and I'd choose mine." What in lesser hands could have turned sappy develops here as a slowly evolving character study. 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. betty carter Copyright 2016 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 August)

Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese is heartsick that she's been sent to live with an aunt and uncle she doesn't know in the boondocks of North Carolina, because her dad, Scrappy, is in jail getting "corrected" and her mama can't get up off the couch to care for her. 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. Charlie feels she doesn't fit in and has built up a tough exterior, which, coupled with a short-tempered fuse, gets her nowhere in her "temporary" home with kind Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus. Charlie resists becoming friends with Howard, an odd but kindhearted boy with an "up down walk" who comes from a boisterous and loving family, which is far from what Charlie is used to. Every day, Charlie has to find something lucky in order to make a wish, a ritual she's done every day since fourth grade, whether it is a bird singing in the rain, or blowing on an eyelash. Feeling kinship with a stray dog, Charlie is overcome with desire to give "Wishbone" the loving home she, too, is desperately searching for. When Wishbone disappears and she is compelled to search for him, Charlie learns there are people worth holding on to and what you wish for may not be what you really want. VERDICT 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.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

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