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Monday, July 23, 2018

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

WishEleven year old Charlie (short for Charlemagne) Reese's world has been turned upside down.  Her father is in jail, her mother has not gotten out of her bathrobe in weeks, and her big sister gets to stay with her best friend in their home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.  Charlie has to pack up and move to her Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Colby, North Carolina, and Charlie is not one bit happy about it.  The social worker says that Charlie needs a stable home environment, but she dreads the thought of living with an aunt and uncle she's never met in a little town she's never heard of.  Charlie is an angry girl who desperately wants family who will love her and take care of her no matter what, but she doesn't have the slightest idea how to make that happen.

Her first day of school doesn't go well at all. Charlie gets into a lot of trouble with her mean words and because she can't help fighting when she gets mad.  To make matters worse, her teacher assigns her a "Backpack Buddy" to show her around the school and teach her the rules and routines.  His name is Howard, and Charlie wants nothing to do with him. Things finally start to turn around for Charlie when she spots a stray dog and decides she want to make him her pet. She feels like she is a stray, just like the dog, and everyone helps her to find him.

The books is titled Wish for a very good reason.  Charlie has dozens of things to wish on, (for example a found penny, three birds on a wire, a yellow train car, to name a few) and she is sure to make a wish every single day.  The big question is, will her wish ever come true?  You'll have to read Wish to find out.

Wish is a touching story, told in a very authentic and realistic voice.  Students in grades 3-5 will enjoy reading and sharing this book. 

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