Will Cricket is your average chubby kid that deals with school bullies, teasing from some of the popular kids in school, and a sister who is embarrassWill Cricket is your average chubby kid that deals with school bullies, teasing from some of the popular kids in school, and a sister who is embarrassed by the situations he seems to get himself into. But, Will has a secret weapon. He knows how to make a wish come true. While surfing the net one day he discovered a site that talked about a wishing legend that is tied to a specific date and time. On November 11th at either 11:11a.m. or 11:11 p.m., a person could make a wish and it would come true.
Will puts his new found knowledge to the test during the lunch hour right before he's about to be hit by his nemesis Diego Rouleau. It worked. Time stood still, but not without consequence. Some very strange characters appeared and are now a regular part of Will's everyday life. These magical beings are from Sky Castle Network Enterprises better known as SCENE. They practice wishcraft and have arrived to make Will's wish come true. Unfortunately for Will there are a few stipulations and a ton of rules and Will has to earn his wish.
Will has been granted new powers, Mizms, so that he can grant wishes for others. He has to actually help someone who genuinely needs their wish granted. Like most stories there is always that evil element lurking in the shadows. A really bad genie by the name of Moloch wants to enslave humanity. Will has to adjust to his new life and friends, grant wishes but be careful not to break the rules or his world and theirs could be in danger and on top of that his grandmother has been kidnapped by Moloch. Just making a wish has become an effort to save two worlds. Can Will succeed? You'll have to read the story to see.
Author Daniel Harvell has created a fun middle grade read boys can sink their teeth into. Wishing Will offers hilarious characters, adventure, magic and an unsuspecting hero. This quick read is very visual and detailed without be boring. Parents and teachers can use this tool to open up dialogue regarding family, school and even bullies. The story-line is well structured and pulls the reader right in....more
It was time for Simchat Torah. A young boy named David, would celebrate his grandfathers new Torah. It was wartime and David would learn to be a soferIt was time for Simchat Torah. A young boy named David, would celebrate his grandfathers new Torah. It was wartime and David would learn to be a sofer or scribe like his grandfather. As time passed David saw his grandfather receive may Torah's that needed repair. Each Torah had a story behind it. Soon, David had children of his own and his son Josh watched David, and still the collection of Torah's grew. One day, David's granddaughter suggested that he recycle all of the old Torah's to make one. Each piece would have it's own story to tell. But, will David have it ready in time for Simchat Torah?
Author Allison Ofanansky has put together a wonderful story of family, tradition and Jewish culture. Illustrations with warm colors of brown, yellow and orange bring to life this tale and each story behind the Torah. Young readers will be engaged. Parents and teachers will be able to share and discuss the terms and history regarding Jewish customs. ...more