One wish for a lifetime...
In the village of Bishop Mayne there is a magical Wishing Well where a person may make one wish in a lifetime. But the Well can create problems for those who use its power, for wishes often go wrong. It was just such a wish that took all the children in the town away. Only eleven-year-old Nuria, who lives with her grandfather up on the mountain,...more
I almost overlooked this gem of a book, but as it happened, I was looking through books on my bookshelves in the classroom searching out fairy tales when I stu ...more
There is a magical wishing well in Nuria’s village. While it will grant the wishes of those who ask, it often seeks to twist the wish into something that the wisher doesn’t want. Because of a misspent wish, all the children in the village are gone except Nuria. Then one day a child returns to the village. Nuria is trilled to have a new friend, but Catty is bound to a wheel chair and wants Nuria to make a wish to fix the situation. Nuria then makes the wish and it is ...more
Billingsley creates vivid complex and dramatic characters. Her lyrical storytelling is slightly old fashioned and reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen, though wordier.
The plot is a neat way for Bi ...more
Fanny Billingsley writes very nicely as usual and her flair for horror is well displayed here. It was a nice touch to have each child receive frightening power that enhanced his or her basic personality: the chatty girl babbles out the wisher's thoughts, the observant boy develops hideous warty little eyes ...more
Okay, so we don't really get magical wishes granted, but every story written (or told) about wishes has some way that the wisher messes up the wish and ends up wanting (wishing) their lives were back to the pre-wish problems. Well Wished is no exception. The perverse wishing well does ...more
My favorite character, by far, was the dastardly well. I suspect some lawyer was cursed to be this one, doling out horrible consequences for bad phrasing, taking everything to its literal conclusion…oh, I ...more
Chime and had to find anything else by that author. It did have a few great lines though, example: The parlour clock chimed the hour. "Hush!" said Nuria. "Can't you even let a minute pass without counting it?"
And the characters were pretty charming - I also like the fact that I could tell it as a bed-time story from memory if I wanted to.
This story is pretty cliche, but the world and characters are unique. However, something about the writing didn't move me up until the very end of the book, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. Now I love the book, but I had to really force myself to get to a point that redeemed the rest of the story. Otherwise, all good! :)
Franny Billingsley was not always a writer. She graduated from Boston University law-school in 1979, and worked for 5 years ...more