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Wish Girl

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  597 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
A dying girl gives a boy the strength to live in this lyrical novel that will break your heart and lift your spirit

Peter Stone’s parents and siblings are extroverts, musicians, and yellers—and the louder they get, the less Peter talks, or even moves, until he practically fits his last name. When his family moves to the Texas Hill Country, though, Peter finds a tranquil,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2015)
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Sara Grochowski
Wish Girl is one of those special books that so clearly demonstrates the magic and agelessness of children's literature. This third novel from Nikki Loftin is an incredibly beautiful novel, filled with characters and prose that will undoubtedly wriggle deep into your heart.

“Turns out, it's not running away when no one notices you're gone.”

Peter Stone is a quiet boy who feels perpetually adrift. Quiet and introspective, he struggles to make friends and bullies find him an easy target. Even at ho
Maria Espadinha
Aug 08, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Vale Encantado

Esta é a estória da Amizade entre um Rapaz buscador de Silêncio e uma Miúda com cancro que gostava de arte

O Rapaz é estranho, introvertido, não sabe lutar e adora fundir-se com a Paz do Vale , onde se refugia do mundo e formula desejos

A Miúda tem dores de cabeça e desenha, cria Arte naquele Vale Mágico, onde foge do mundo e mergulha no Mundo

O Vale é Belo, Poderoso, Especial...
Castiga o Mal , recompensa o Bem e só comunica com aqueles que com ele se fundem...
Rebecca McNutt
May 03, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
Annie and Peter's friendship is as timeless as infinity, but a terrible illness threatens to change all this. Wish Girl takes the magic and nostalgia of childhood and mixes it with the unity of family, the love of friends and the power to do anything; it was vibrantly written with loveable characters and vivid imagery, with powerful, obscure messages about the meaning of life and the meaning of love.
Apr 18, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
This book should be a Newbery contender for 2015! I loved every magical word on the page!

A tender story about a young boy's internal fight to be seen and understood by his family and the special wish girl who gives him the
courage to reveal who he is to himself and his family. Peter Stone is bullied so horribly that his family relocates just outside
of Austin to give him a fresh start. Unfortunately, Peter's inner demons along with a new set of bullies follow him into the magical valley
Nurhayati Ramlan
May 23, 2016 Nurhayati Ramlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mg-love

A magical valley

A wish girl

A misunderstood boy

And all you have to do is be still,

And listen.
Cory Oakes
Feb 24, 2015 Cory Oakes rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars only because there was no option to give it six.

WISH GIRL is a truly special book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s about friendship, it’s about self-discovery, but really it’s about two beautiful characters (Peter and Annie) who manage to be solidly real while maintaining more than a hint of magic. It is the kind of book you will think about for a good, long time after you have read it. Read it with a box of Kleenex and read it when you have some tim
Apr 15, 2015 Janine rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I loved this book!!!! Such a beautiful story that shows the power of faith, the magic of nature and the spirit of will. This is a great book for all readers.
Barb Middleton
Nikki Loftin has realistic, gritty plots with a touch of magic in her books. Her first book, "Nightingale," shows poverty and how it affects lives and decisions tied in with the Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. This book shows two kids that don't fit in with their peers and a protagonist that isn't accepted by his family. The magic in this story is an oasis where nature soothes the soul and heals. While entertaining, this one doesn't come together particularly well in character development ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Aeicha rated it it was amazing
Peter Stone is a quiet, serious boy, who doesn’t feel like he fits in with his loud, extroverted family. The Stones have recently moved to the country, mostly because of Peter. Yet, his family’s concern for him doesn’t make them listen any better and their attempts at “helping” are anything but helpful. Near his new home, Peter finds a wonderful valley that just may be magical. It’s in this valley he meets Annie Blythe, the “wish girl”. Dying of cancer, Annie is a Make-A-Wish girl, attending an ...more
Alexis Steven
Jan 24, 2016 Alexis Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Bonito" y "entrañable" describen perfectamente este libro. ¡Es una chulada! De esos que buscan despertar el corazón del lector y mantenerlo en su poder durante toda la lectura, aprisionándolo y haciendo que, por lo menos durante la lectura, se reblandezca.
La historia es sencilla y complicada al mismo tiempo. Por un lado, es sencilla ya que los protagonistas son un niño y una niña que luchan con sus propias dificultades que la vida les ha ido poniendo, mientras que es complicada ya que no se en
Mar 27, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it
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A compelling novel about the transformational power of art and nature in healing the body and soul. Annie and Peter are hurting and find strength and comfort in a hidden valley. Reminiscent of The Secret Garden and The Bridge to Terabithia, Loftin uses magical realism deftly and is able to convey much using the wind, fireflies, snakes, and bugs. Peter and Annie are well defined characters and their connection to the land is understood. Unfortunately, the secondary characters aren't. The bullies ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 03, 2016 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
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Michelle  Simpson
Jun 15, 2015 Michelle Simpson rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story of friendship, family, acceptance, bravery, and being true to oneself. It also deals with some hard choices b/c there are no options that don't come with negative consequences. It is a wonderful story for not only middle grade students, but for parents as well. Don't miss this one!
Ellory Liles
Aug 31, 2016 Ellory Liles rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written and amazing! The characters really get close to you and tugs at your heart. This book will make you cry, jump with joy, and cry again all at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 17, 2015 Jane added it
I enjoyed it, no surprise there. I like YA fiction (this could be good for upper elementary) and it's set out in the Texas hill country.
Apr 11, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Amazing! It contained a great message for me as a parent about accepting my children for who they are. I really need to read Nightingale's Nest now.
Apr 20, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Finally finished. Crying! review to come!
Emily Baker
Oct 28, 2016 Emily Baker rated it really liked it
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Kimberly Castellanos
Oct 30, 2016 Kimberly Castellanos rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book ! The story in it was just beautiful. I think anyone can relate with the characters at some point in their lives because I know I did. This story has very vivid imagery. It describes how the characters feel and how accepting one each other can really really help one person. In this story all the things happen in this magical valley we're peter and Annie meet. Every time they go in the valley and they have a wish it comes true. After there both dealing with some problems ...more
I really really liked this. It's a bit John Green-esque for Middle Grade, not for the writing or dialogue but in plot and character development. Seriously sad issues: childhood leukemia and depression as a result of bullying - but very hopeful. And the characters themselves tell us about these hard things in the right way. Most especially I liked the uniqueness of the main character - a quiet boy, who despite bullying doesn't change, and seeks the solitude or quiet companionship he needs. We ...more
Maura Reagan
Nov 19, 2016 Maura Reagan rated it really liked it
I'm still in touch with my middle school librarian. I went to her a few months ago, raving about The Nightingale's Nest, but to my astonishment she said she didn't care for Nikki Loftin's books because they were "too dark for kids." I have to disagree. I have never met a character more like my middle school self than Peter Stone. It would have meant everything to me to read his story back then, and it still means a great deal to me to read it today.
Mrs. Miriam
Dec 03, 2016 Mrs. Miriam rated it liked it
Magical Realism. Cancer treatment. Bullying.
Mar 02, 2015 Celeste_pewter rated it it was amazing
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm always a little blown away by the depth of creativity and soulfulness of middle grade novels. They often imginatively depict that fine line as childhood slowly transitions into young adulthood, a point that Nikki Loftin magically conveys in Wish Girl.

As Wish Girl opens, Peter Stone and his family have just relocated to the Texas Hill Countryside. While his extroverted family members are finding it hard to adapt, Peter's enjoying the quiet and bein
Dec 03, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a book that can't be read the same whether you read it 2, 3, or 4 times. The way Annie and Peter connect is phenomenal and adds realism and a little "magic". Tears were shed, but I recommend you read this book NOW. It it a choice I will never regret. The determination you find in Annie is the perfect mix with Peter. If I could give this book a 6 stars, I probably would. Definitely recommend.
Raquel Bernardes
É um livro que não é assim tão ligeiro quanto aparenta, mas é um livro que nos dá que pensar. Fala sobre a fundação Make a Wish e nos desejos que miúdos com cancro que pedem este desejo e ver o seu sonho realizado, neste caso vemos Annie, que conhece Peter, um rapaz que se sente deslocado da sua família e do mundo. Peter ao conhecer Annie começa a ganhar uma nova vontade de viver e rapidamente percebe que Annie é fundamental na sua vida. É uma boa lição sobre o verdadeiro significado da amizade. ...more
Karla Ruz
Al leer la sinopsis sabía que el libro contenía una historia especial.
Peter Stone es un chico de 13 años, es solitario, callado y disfruta el silencio, ese es el motivo por el que no congenia mucho con su familia, ya que ellos son lo contrario a él. Al mudarse a Texas, Peter encuentra un hermoso valle, lleno de animales y todos los sonidos de la naturaleza; empieza a sentirse cómodo ya que piensa que al fin encontró su propio lugar secreto, pero no contaba que no solo él había descubierto el va
Jul 08, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been out in nature, and suddenly you become aware of the most minute sounds? Sounds you would have never noticed before if you weren’t listening for them–like the liquid trill of a wood thrush, or the tiny rustle of a rabbit in the brush? When I experience these moments, all I want to do is stand still and listen. Loftin’s Wish Girl is a celebration of these little moments and the power of listening.

We get the notion that Peter Stone is not like most kids from the very beginning.
Soniya Yadav
Oct 10, 2016 Soniya Yadav rated it really liked it
Beautifully written.. i wish i could visit the magical valley with peter stone! :)
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Nikki Loftin is the author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, which Publishers Weekly called "mesmerizing," and Kirkus called "irresistible," and Nightingale's Nest, which received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her Scottish photographer husband just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, goats, and small, loud boys.

Nikki is a graduate of the University of Texas at
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