Wish (Hardcover)

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A lovely book about an 11 year old girl who feels she has no control over her life so uses wishes to try to gain a semblance of control .  Due to a dysfunctional family life, Charlie had to go live with her aunt and uncle, whom she barely knows.  She now finds herself in a rural town living with strangers.  The book explores what it's like to try and fit in to a new town and family, all while not really understanding why you are there.  Charlie finds a stray dog and through wishes and persistence, she befriends him.  She also finds friendship with Howard and his family.   Having Wishbone by her side through all her struggles helps her to find love, a family and a home.

— From Wish, by Barbara O'Connor


A touching 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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374302733
ISBN-10: 0374302731
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English