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Title:
The seventh wish

7th wish
Title:
The seventh wish
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Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Bloomsbury USA Childrens, [2016]
Physical Description:
228 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Pagination may vary.
Abstract:
"Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can't believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they've ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish."-- Amazon.com.

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Summary

Summary

With the same warmth and fun that readers loved in All the Answers , award-winning author Kate Messner weaves fantasy into the ordinary, giving every reader the opportunity to experience a little magic.

Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.

Charlie can't believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they've ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish.


Author Notes

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Snow , Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt , and How to Read a Story ; novels like Capture the Flag, All the Answers, and Breakout; theFergus and Zeke easy reader series, and the Ranger in Time historical chapter book series. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all forty-six Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines.
www.katemessner.com
@KateMessner


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twelve-year-old Charlie-a devoted friend, loving sister, enthusiastic Irish dancer, and budding ice fisher-has read enough stories to know not to be greedy when making wishes, so she is extra careful when a wish-granting fish turns up at the end of her ice-fishing pole. She isn't always careful, however, to be specific with the wording of her wishes, leading to muddles for her friends and family in this rich and daring novel. What initially seems harmless becomes seriously hurtful when well-meaning Charlie is unable to wish away a loved one's struggle with addiction, and the book takes a hard but important turn from the ordinary fun of middle-school crushes, sibling rivalry, Irish dancing, and fish-wishing into drug abuse and its aftermath. As she did in All the Answers, Messner lightens a heavy theme with a bit of magic (this time the talking fish rather than a talking pencil) while humanizing a growing epidemic and helping readers understand that even "good people make awful mistakes." Ages 8-12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Charlie misses the bond that she and her much older sister, Abby, shared in the past. Now Abby is home after her first semester at college, but she seems distant. Charlie goes ice fishing in order to earn money for a sparkly Irish dance dress. Almost immediately, she catches a fish that promises to grant a wish in exchange for its freedom, and she makes that wish. Things don't turn out the way she expects and that goes for readers, too. The novel begins with a girl experiencing the sort of winsome magic that goes awry, as in Wendy Mass' 11 Birthdays (2009), but shifts into another sort of story after the girl learns that her sister is addicted to heroin. Though the integration of information about addiction seems purposeful at times, Messner writes insightfully of Charlie's experiences: her discomfort in visiting Abby in rehab and attending an AA meeting, her resentment of her parents' focus on Abby, and her realization that magic can't fix this problem. An involving chapter book with an unusual focus.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2016 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In this realistic novel with a whimsical twist, 12-year-old Charlie catches a magical wishing fish and tries to use it to solve all her problems. Her wishes range from getting rid of her fear of the ice to getting her sister to come home from college for a visit. Not surprisingly, poor phrasing causes her wishes to go wrong, and she ends up making things worse instead of better. The plot covers a lot of ground, ranging from Charlie struggling to save enough money to buy a dress for her Irish dancing performance to helping one of her classmates learn English. The most serious subplot involves the discovery of her older sister's heroin addiction and her subsequent treatment. Charlie eventually decides she does not need to rely on making wishes to solve her problems. Though somewhat sanitized, the gentle portrayal of heroin addiction may serve as a good way to introduce this serious issue and engender discussion. VERDICT A charming fantasy story with threads of several deep themes that could serve as the basis for thoughtful discussion.-Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.