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Wish Me Luck

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Jamie Monaghan finds the war exciting until an incendiary bomb destroys his bedroom while he, his parents, and the neighbors are huddled in their makeshift bomb shelter. Now his parents no longer simply talk about sending him to safety away from Liverpool; his father makes arrangements for him to sail to Canada on the City of Benares. Based on the historica ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 13th 1998 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 1st 1997)
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Although it was somewhat interesting to experience from the survivors' perspective the air raids in Liverpool, England and (view spoiler) during World War II, the narration in Wish Me Luck is quite detached and unemotional, the plot is mostly slow and uneventful, the ending is rather anticlimactic, and I didn't really connect to or care about any of the characters.
Jun 30, 2010 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I wanted to like this one more, but I just didn't relate to the character. The narrator is a twelve-year-old Irish boy living in Liverpool. Though the story is told from his perspective, I never felt like I got to know him or really get into his head. Even though he talks about his emotions, the story still seems very matter-of-fact, as though the author has distanced the narrator from the events to a certain point. It was just an odd perspective and didn't work for me.

However, the plot was int
Oct 04, 2013 katnick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely moved by the story of the children who were torpedoed on the City of Benares when I read about it in Tim Clayton and Phil Craig's Finest Hour, but I just couldn't connect with this novel. The biggest problem for me was that I didn't like the narrator. Jamie is a 12 year old bully whose favorite things seem to be toilet references and watching other kids get beaten up. He constantly torments his neighbor, who is desperately poor and abused, and doesn't do anything I could call dec ...more
I do believe this was the book that taught me my favorite (dirty) reference to pregnancy: "the balloon over the toy shop." Something an uncle tells the impressionable narrator. Yep, I brush that one off every now and again to horrify those in my acquaintance.
Joando Fernandes
Oct 25, 2009 Joando Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish me luck is about a boy names Jamie Monaghan that he wishes that ww2 would be over. And the war starts to get close to his house so his parents arrange for him to go the Canada . The ship that he was in was called the city of Benares, a ship that carried a hundred young British people. And for some reason the ship starts going closer to the war instead of being away from it. and his parents are very scared and don’t know what to do so Jamie I think needs to do something quick before someone ...more
Rylee Richardson
Sep 22, 2009 Rylee Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what i have read in this book so far is really good. this book 'Wish Me Luck' is about ab oy who gets sent off to Canada during the war against Hitler. i would recomend this book to anyone because it 9s a quick read and very inspirational.
Ed Mcgaley
Nov 12, 2013 Ed Mcgaley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this an ok-average read. The book covers a Irish kid who lives in Liverpool in ww2. The book isn't to exciting as there isn't any real action, and pretty much everything in the book is predictable.
Faraz Syed
May 23, 2009 JoAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another freaking awesome ww2 book.
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A historical novel about a boy being sent from England to Canada aboard the City of Benares during World War II. The ship is torpedoed! Based on a true incident.
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James Heneghan (born 1930) is a British Canadian author. Heneghan grew up Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned Canadian citizenship in 1963.

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* Arthur Ellis Award: Juvenile
o 1995 – Torn Away – Winner

* Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize
o 1998 – Wish Me Luck – Winner
o 2001 – The Grave – Winner
o 2003 – Flo
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