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Listening Length: 4 hours and 41 minutes

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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LostinMississippi I'm reading Wish with my 10 year old daughter; we're both enjoying the story. It's full of expression that will make you giggle, as well as heartfelt …moreI'm reading Wish with my 10 year old daughter; we're both enjoying the story. It's full of expression that will make you giggle, as well as heartfelt circumstances. I'd definitely recommend Wish to a parent wanting to share a nightly read with their pre-teen kiddo.(less)
Natalie This book is not sad. I kept expecting it to go that way because so many novels seem to anymore (even kid's books!) But it's a wonderful story about w…moreThis book is not sad. I kept expecting it to go that way because so many novels seem to anymore (even kid's books!) But it's a wonderful story about what family is and what family means to different people. It left me with a smile in my heart.(less)

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Sheri
A touching read demonstrating that sometimes when you’re out there seeking for your own wish to be granted, you’re actually granting someone else’s.
Colby Sharp
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-novel, 2016, 2016-nerdy
I often make the mistake of reading middle grade novels with awards in my head. Thinking about what the National Book Award Committee or the Newbery Committee might think about a book is fun, but it often taints my reading experience.

The time I spent with Barbara O’Connor’s Wish was magical. I never once thought about what award committees will think of this book, not because it doesn’t deserve consideration, but because this book is so obviously perfect and important for kids that it doesn’t re
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Julie
Do you think that every family in the American South in the current day is eating cornbread, turnip greens and succotash for every supper?

Seems hard to believe.

I mean. . . don't you think some of them eat spaghetti or hamburgers or fast food?

Don't get me wrong, I love Southern food, and I'd probably cook it at least once a week if I didn't think my family would spit it back out at me, but. . . it's one of my issues with this book.

There is the bad family: Mama sleeps on the couch all day, Scrappy
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Emily Montjoy
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite books I've read so far this year! Barbara O'Connor does it again! She writes a beautiful story that has just enough humor to provide the right amount of laughter mixed with moments that pull on your heart strings. I fell in love with the characters, each playing such an important part in developing the plot of the story. The southern dialect and attention to detail helped me to really get into the story! O'Connor's choice of words and language make this a story ...more
Amanda Schreiber
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The magical cover is only a start to this wonderful book! Wish has to be one if my favorites of 2016! Students will devour this book. Told with humor & honesty this book follows Charlie's attempt to fit in, in a new town & capture a stray dog named Wishbone. Will Charlie love her new life? Or will her temper prevent her from making friends? Will her wish finally come true?

Charlie, Howard, Bertha, Gus & Wishbone are a cast of characters students will love & adore! Add this to your TBR & library
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Dylan Teut
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I raced through this book in one night/day. And I finished it with a big happy cry. The book was so good for my heart and soul. And I know just what I need now: More Barbara O'Connor books.
CallMeAfterCoffee
Perfect book to read with your kiddos! Mine both adored it ☺️

Charlie is a little rough around the edges, Howard is just sweeter than anything in the world. I love their friendship, I love found family books. Oh and I read the last tmfew pages through my own tears while my daughter's eyes "we're getting wet" (that's how she says it haha) beside me.

I originally bought this for my Reiny (8) and he liked it so much he asked me to read it with Owl (5). Definitely a heartwarming story 💕.
Aryana Parmar
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a really heartbreaking story, but I loved it so much. I loved all of it, but some phrases of the story really struck me. My favorite one was "That was it. I looked at the word love. I traced the letters with my finger. Then I folded the paper up and put it back in the envelope." I just though that was so overwhelming but I loved it so much because it defined the mc so much and really sharpened the perspective. Oh my, this book made what was supposed to be a relaxing Saturday a hear ...more
Sarah Swann
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this for my Materials for Children class. And it was adorable! I really could relate to the main character, Charlie. She is a young girl dealing with moving to a different city to live with her aunt and uncle after her parents fell apart. While that didn’t ever happen to me, I did move around as a kid with my father being in the military. So I understood being in a new city around new people and how hard it can be to adjust. She found comfort in an awkward boy and a stray dog. Being a dog ...more
Augusta Scattergood
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for this book to get into the hands of young readers. So many things for them to love!

The characters will make you laugh and will totally win your hearts, even Charlie at her unhappy grumpiest. And the dog, ah- the dog! Love him, too. A perfect read-aloud, WISH has so much to talk about with middle-grade readers. Don't miss this one.
Jennie Louwes
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ultimately, a heartwarming tale that will take you through all the feels. You'll hear a nonstop, pleasant, Southern twang within conversation, feel the heat of the dog days of Summer, and gain insight into the emotions a child may feel as their daddy is being corrected and their mama is incapable of getting on her feet.

This is a book about friendship and family and how sometimes the things we wish for come true right before our eyes but we're incapable of seeing them clearly until others see it
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Linda
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the quietest book that begins to squeeze your heart, slowly, slowly, until you realize that you are looking for things to wish on just like Charlie, but just for Charlie! Charlie has been taken to her Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus's home after it's been determined that she is no longer in a stable environment. Her father is in jail and her mother doesn't get out of bed. Her sister is about to graduate from high school so gets to move in with a friend. Charlie is alone in what she thinks of a ...more
Christina Hanson
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Three birds on a wire. Seeing 11:11 on a clock. Finding 14 rows on an ear of corn. These were just a few of the unique things that Charlie would make a secret wish on in Barbara O'Connor's book Wish. Charlie has been wishing for the same thing since fourth grade, and she's not stopping now. After moving in with her aunt and uncle, Charlie becomes friends with neighbor-boy, Howard, who seems wise beyond his years, and also keeps feisty Charlie in check (pineapple, pineapple, pineapple!). One day, ...more
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I picked this book up because it looked like a heartfelt MG book featuring the love of dogs. This book wasn't quite what I expected. I thought the dog would be more prominent. There was a bit where Charlie decided that the stray wondering around would become hers, but this was over really quickly so it wasn't as much of a dog book as I expected. That being said, this was still a wonderful
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Sarah
I received this e-book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me begin by saying that the story is just as beautiful as the cover! I definitely need to get a copy of this for my classroom library because I know my students will fall in love with these characters!

The main character, Charlie Reese, is a young girl who has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle due to an unstable home life. All she wants is to go back home and be with her family, even though she knows it isn't tha
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Clare Lund
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book!! Starting with its gorgeous cover art and a main character I took to immediately, Wish is a story about hope in the face of hopelessness. Reading this book will break your heart, and then restore your faith in humanity. I am always humbled as a teacher how Barbara O’Connor opens my eyes to the stories behind “bad behavior” we sometimes see in our students, as she did years ago with How to Steal a Dog (which I also highly recommend). Ages 8 and up!
Sarah Levy
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How many times can you wish for something before it comes true? A great story of the true meaning of family, friendship, and love. I adored living and learning alongside Charlie as she battled through a difficult time in her life. Will definitely be recommending this one to my students!
Melanie
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Charlie's story is a love letter to the Blue Ridge mountains, complete with characters who will warm your heart as well as any human being alive. O'Connor is a master of middle grade. Do not miss this beautiful, heartfelt story.
Jacquelyn
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was sent an ARC by the publisher for free in return for an honest review.

What a cute read! I was hooked on this story line and the characters all day. When I had to put it down, the only thing I wanted to do was pick it back up again. I haven't read a whole book (it was short but shh) in one day like this in months. The characters were what really made this story. They all had such real and true personalities and I even felt that I "knew" the dog as well. It was such an inspiring and cute litt
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
WISH is a sweet, middle grade novel about Charlie, a girl with a bad temper, a dad who’s in jail and a mentally ill mom. She winds up in foster care with her aunt and uncle then finds a stray dog, a best friend and the family she always wanted.

WISH is probably too slow paced for most middle grade readers. What WISH lacks in plot it makes up for in heartwarming characters and story. Ten-year-old Charlie might is likely too young for older MG readers and not interesting enough for younger readers
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Susan Crowe
Pineapple, canning jars and Cinderella pillows!!! 

OH MY GOODNESS!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!
This was the Daily Deal not long ago and i picked it up. I am so glad I did. This is an absolutely wonderful book. Make sure you have a box of tissues nearby. Yep, it's that good. And the narrator? Perfect for this book!!
I laughed. I cried. I love this book.
Cheyenne N
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Do =g lovers or just animal lovers in general
When I saw this book, I imagined that it would be about a nice, pretty much perfect little girl who finds a stray dog. Well the girl, Charlie is very far from perfect. She has major anger issues! I really admire the author for making her like that because it's very unrealistic when you read these books about these little kids who are perfect.
My book has the bonus go-fish questions for the author at the end, and Barbara O'Connor was asked what she wishes her readers will remember about her books
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Book Hunter
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is about an eleven year old girl from a broken home who is sent to live with a family she barely knows, and does nothing but wish for one thing everyday. Such an inspiring little story about the power of wishing and what family really means. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was an easy read, and words can’t describe how cute and touching this was. It’s beautifully written, and all the characters have such real and true personalities. If you like a story with plenty of page-turning ev ...more
Jamie
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While this book is a children’s book, Wish managed to keep me fully engaged & captivated throughout. I️ fell in love with the characters! The writing and voice reminded me of the book Because of Winn Dixie. It touched upon deeper themes and the struggles of children similar to how Wonder captivated so many readers. I️ would highly recommend this to anyone that works with children and children ages 7+. It will teach children empathy and compassion. ...more
Julia
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mary Lee
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friends, cats, setting, dogs, 2016
Families come in all shapes and sizes. So do friends. And towns, and lifestyles, and personalities. None of them should be judged by their appearance.

I wish I could read this to my 5th graders -- the ones I've just sent on to 6th grade. It would be the PERFECT read aloud after The War That Saved My Life.
Leigh Anne
My all time favorite Barbara O'Connor book was How to Steal a Dog...until I read Wish. Charlie and Howard stole my heart. This book is about family, friendship, and hope. But most importantly it is about finding out that what you wish for isn't always what you really want. Wish will make a wonderful read aloud for all ages.
Ursula
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: intermediate
Wish is a wonderful book that kids will connect with. It would make a great read aloud and should be in every classroom library. The characters are realistic and embrace their imperfections. Life has struggles and families and friends help each other out. Forgiveness and love are two very important themes in this book.
Stacey Williams
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could only use one word to describe this book it would be heart warming! It’s beautifully written and teaches the true meaning of both family and friendship. I absolutely adored Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus and they will always hold a special place in my heart!
mytaakeonit
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet book. I loved it. Highly recommended to anyone who has ever felt alone, loved a dog, or had a wish in their heart.
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Barbara O'Connor's awards include the Parents Choice Gold and Silver Award, American Library Association Notable Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books, and Kirkus Best Books. Her books have been nominated for children's choice awards in 38 states and voted as a state favorite by children in South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota.

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“You'd think that a redheaded boy with glasses who was named Howard and had an up-down walk would have a lot more to wish for than being friends with me. But I admit I felt a smile on my face and hope in my heart, 'cause maybe wishes really do come true. Maybe some wishes just take longer than others.” 3 likes
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