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You Don't Always Get What You Hope for
This fantastical tale is about a little boy who simply wants toast and juice for breakfast -- but instead is snatched up by a tornado and dropped off at a castle, where the king forces him to eat a big banana split. And back home instead of getting to take a simple shower like he wants, he is swooshed away to a pirate ship and forced to walk the gangplank (after that, he d...more
Published August 3rd 2001 by Turtleback Books
(first published 1996)
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Born and raised in Utah, Walton is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. He served as a missionary to Brazil from 1976 to 1978, soon after he graduated from high school. Later, at Brigham Young University, he became president of the Brazil Club. In 1980, he graduated from Brigham Young with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese, the lang...moreMore about Rick Walton...