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Wish on a Unicorn

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Now I didn't believe a broken-down old unicorn could make wishes come true . . . not for a minute. But what if it could?

Mags has a lot to wish for—a nice house with a mama who isn't tired out from work; a normal little sister; a brother who doesn't mooch for food; and, once in a while, she'd like some new clothes for school. When her sister Hannie finds a stuffed unicorn,
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Square Fish (first published March 1st 1991)
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Oct 19, 2013 لیلی rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to لیلی by: Rana Heshmati
یعنی اینو که می خونی دلت می خواد یه آدم معلول داشته باشی نزدیکت قشنگ. یعنی اصن عشق است این هنی. ولی به همه ی آدمایی که این فکرو می کنن می گم که زود قضاوت نکنن و اول "تابستان قو ها" را نیز بخونن. نظرشون عوض می شه کلا! البته من 6-7 سال پیش خوندمش، ولی یادمه که بعدش اصن نظر مثبتی نسبت به برادرِ معلول داشتن نداشتم!
ولی واقعا واقعا خوب بود این کتاب و خوشحال کننده؛ و حال خوب کننده و کوتاه در عین حال.
مرسی از رعنا در ضمن:)
Every day after school Mags has to take care of her little sister, Hannie, who has special needs, and her brother, Mooch, who everyone is saying is a thief. Her mom has to get ready to go to work at her second job in the factory and someone needs to make dinner, do the dishes, clean up the trailer, and get the little ones to bed. Sometimes Mags just wishes it didn't have to be her. When does she get to be a kid? When does someone take care of her? Life isn’t easy when everyone at school thinks y ...more
Karen Hesse is a wonderful, insightful author. I first discovered her books when I read Music of Dolphins back in middle school; it blew my mind. Wish on a Unicorn is more subtle–or rather, its uniqueness is less obvious–because it deals with topics closer to home. Maybe we can relate to Mags’s situation personally; if not, I’m sure you’ve known folks in similar circumstances. Regardless of the familiarity, Hesse’s take on this story is actually rather remarkable. She draws out the individuals a ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Bao rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have finished reading the Wish on a Unicorn by Karen Hesse, and it’s a non-fiction book. The book’s theme is to love what you have in hand right now and don’t wish more than what you have and its will turn out very bad.
Wish on a Unicorn is about a family in Newell’s field. The main character name is Maggie. She lived with her mom, step sister, step brother, and step dad. Her step sister names Hannie and her step brother names Mooch. At the way when Hannie and Maggie going home from school an
Jul 14, 2013 Saundra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mag lives with her mother, brother and sister in an old trailer near the highway where her father was killed. At twelve years-of-age, she shoulders the responsibility of caring for Moochie and Hannie each night while their mother goes to work. They live a scant existence so when Hannie finds a beat-up old stuffed unicorn and declares that it’s magical, Mag wants to believe that it can bring them more food or better clothes. Mag knows it can’t, but as she wrestles with life’s daily struggles, she ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Finding the Source of Real Magic"

Teenage Mags has a tough life; considered Trailer Trash by their country neighbors, she is embarrassed by not having a father, having to wear hand-me-downs, a sister who is developmentally slow and a kid brother who is branded a local thief. Working two jobs Mama doesn’t have time to be there for her kids or be sympathetic to a teen’s social problems.

One day after school the sisters discover a dirty, stuffed unicorn leaning against a fence post in a field. Im
Linda Lipko
Oct 13, 2011 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Written with clear insights into the world of poverty and its impact, Hesse once again wrote a stellar tale of a young woman who is weary of clothes that don't fit, a fatherless household, a mother who works menial jobs that don't net enough for food, housing, clothes and simple necessary items, a brother who reminds her how hungry they are and a sister who is developmentally challenged.

Hesse accurately portrays the feelings and thoughts of Mags who simply wants to fit in with her sixth grade cl
Mrs Bond
Sep 18, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it liked it
Shelves: family
Mags desperately wants to fit in with the other children in her school. The only thing that stands in here way is family: a father who died when she was 2, a mother who works the night shift, a younger brother (Mooch) who has has a history of stealing, and a mentally challenged sister (Hannie) who clings to Mags. It doesn't help that the boy down the street despises the family and takes great joy in pointing out all of their flaws. When Hannie comes across a 'magic' unicorn and insists on keepin ...more
Susan P
This is short but sweet. It reminded me a lot of The Hundred Dresses. 6th grader Mags and her two younger siblings live with their single mom in a trailed across the freeway from their school. Money is tight, and mama works nights at the mill, leaving Mags to supervise her brother and sister. One day on the way home from school her sister Hannie finds a stuffed unicorn in a field. Hannie insists on taking it home, and she also insists that the unicorn is magic. Mags makes a wish upon Hannie's re ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I had a group of students who recommended this to me and I read it while waiting for an appointment. I like Karen Hesse's work but I did not feel like this was one of her stronger pieces. I did like the way she dealt with the sibling/family issues for the most part. However, the book seems too short to really develop anything. It seemed over before it really started. I wonder if it was intentional (making it so short)?!
This is a sad little novel, the debut of Karen Hesse. I love the lesson of the importance and power of love for family--no matter what. A young adult book.
I LOVED this book. I cried at the end but I was in fourth grade when I read it. This was the book that made me love books.
Lindsay Collett
3.5 stars. Great story, but the use of regional dialect bothers me, especially since it's mostly used by the poorer characters.
May 03, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really easy read. Good book for younger readers 4th grade and up that are getting started with more realistic fiction.
Sep 21, 2013 Kesha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, quick read that explores classism, family, and special needs.
Melody McMahon
Definitely not my favorite karen hesse book.
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Karen Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings. Her novel Out of the Dust was the winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In 2002, Hesse was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

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