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Joplin, Wishing

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  505 ratings  ·  93 reviews
While cleaning out her reclusive grandfather’s house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter in a cookie tin. After having the platter repaired, Joplin wishes that she could both find a friend at school, and befriend the girl pictured in the platter. The next day, Joplin befriends a boy named Barrett, and also notices a girl outside her apartment. A girl who looks rem ...more
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Published June 13th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Destinee Sutton
I didn't know anything about this book when I started reading it (except that I like the author). It starts off contemporary realistic. There's a girl named Joplin who lives in New York City. Her famous eccentric grandfather has just died and she's being bullied about it at school (seriously, her classmates are so cruel). Joplin inherits her grandfather's broken antique painted pottery. It turns out to have magical properties and presents a mystery for Joplin to untangle.

Honestly, this is the k
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Cheryl
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and satisfying read. I love how even the bad guy is a full-on person. Even the lawyer is a good guy. No cliches. Any questions a modern reader might have about the tropes of genies & magic (such as slavery & consequences) are answered. Joplin does seem a bit too empathic and wise, but then she's had an upbringing (and genes, if you believe they have an effect) that lend credence to her precocity. I thoroughly enjoyed this impulse grab from the library. ...more
Jana
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I was mesmerized from the beginning of this book! I fell in love with the story ... Childhood grief can leave someone with questions even years later. I really like how this story comes full circle. The ending is incredibly satisfying.
Brianne Keener
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another Mark Twain 2019-2020 nominee ✅
The genre is fantasy. The story line follows two little girls and their tight knit family. Joplin has moved to a new town and there she finds an old platter hidden away in some boxes. Before she knows it the little girl that was originally on the platter is sitting right in front of her! She learns her back story and little does she know her mother also has a history with Sophie. Sophie helps mend some wounds in Joplin’s family but they also help Sophie get
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Ms. Yingling
ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central

Joplin never knew her grandfather, the much celebrated author Martin Camrath, but when he passes away, there is a media frenzy around her New York apartment, which she and her mother share with her mother's best friend Jen. The death is hard for Joplin, but only because she must deal with her mother's sadness. She was allowed to take one keepsake, and grabbed a Christmas tin with a broken platter in it. She and Jen go to have it restored. The first person
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Ryn Lewis
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When her famous, if eccentric, grandfather dies, the bullying at Joplin’s school escalates unbearably. Worse, Joplin’s former best friend, Abby, is in on it. Feeling more and more alone, Joplin finds herself drawn to the little Dutch girl etched into an old broken china platter she found in her grandfather’s house. After an idle wish that the girl could be her friend, Joplin awakes to find the girl sitting in their garden. The girl is Sofie, from 17th century Holland, who was enchanted into the ...more
Tricia Price
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kids, j-fiction
Mark Twain Award nominee 2019-20. It seems like there's one nominee each year with some magical element (magical pencil two years ago in All the Answers, a magical fish last year in The Seventh Wish), but I enjoyed this book much more than the other two--perhaps because there was more of an explanation of how the object came to be magical in this one; it was a better developed magical world, not just a random object. This book also had the realistic elements of making friends in a new town and d ...more
Mary-Jane
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Jane Andelman
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want it to end! -10 year old reviewer.
Kris
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really nice bit of middle-grade magical realism.
Leonard Kim
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So refreshing to read something that is so assured and does just what it needs to. I am not sure whether it will get awards buzz, because it is so straightforward and not obviously ambitious or in the zeitgeist, but it'd be hard to name a more expert book this year.
Fantasy and Felines
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-my-own-copy
I loved this book!
Fillisita
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3,5 stars for me. i cant put it into 4 stars, im sorry.
i like Joplin's character, and Barret too. i like the twist and the description about the magic.
But i'm sorry, the conclusion was just a meeeh.
such a disappointment 🙄
Angie
Joplin never knew her grandfather but when he dies she and her mom still have to clean out his house. Her grandfather was a famous author and all her mom wants are his papers, but she does let Joplin have one keepsake. Joplin takes a broken platter in a tin. When she gets it home her mom's friend Jen helps her get it restored. The first person they take it to is Lucius Doyle who creeps them both out. Once the platter is repaired Joplin notices the young girl on it and wishes she had a friend lik ...more
ninefeetbeneath
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love children books, I realized I haven't really read much of them in the last past years, and that realization only occurred to me when I read the first pages of Joplin, Wishing. The simplicity, the way Joplin sees the world, the way she wonders about her mom, about life at all, the need to have a friend, the innocence, the pure intelligence, the cluelessness, the not-knowing-where-the-hell-this-anger-comes-from, really makes me want to take her for a walk and have a little chat, i ...more
Rajiv
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
This was a fun little story to read which had a little bit of everything in it, like time travel, magic, suspense, bullying, friendship, parental bonding and a puzzle to solve. The plot of the story is very unique, and the author has paced the story well in such a way that people of any age group would enjoy reading. The character development progresses nicely in the book, and you can see Joplin becoming more confident with the help of her friends. I especially liked the character of Barrett and ...more
Jan Cole
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was checking in a book order of children's books and as I flipped through this to make sure all the pages were intact and not upside down, I started reading the first page. 3 hours later I finished the book. I really liked it. Who says adults can't stray over to children's books from time to time?

The story starts when Joplin's very famous author grandfather dies. He's been a recluse the past 30 years so Joplin has never met him. Her mother has kept their identity quiet because she didn't want
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Ruth Ann
Part magical, part mystery, mostly realistic fiction, this book is a treasure.
Upon returning to school after her grandfather's funeral, Joplin knows she is facing two tormenting dilemmas - her ongoing friendless state and the certain harassment from her classmates about her famous, eccentric, all-over-the-news grandfather. Kids get suspended, a teacher handles things poorly and Joplin takes a few days off, too.
Joplin brought home a broken antique platter from her grandfather's house as a mement
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Elissa
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, friendship, fantasy
When her estranged grandfather, a famous writer, dies, 11-year-old Joplin and her mom clear out his house. The one thing Joplin chooses to keep is a broken platter she found in a tin can. From there, chaos ensues. After an unsettling encounter with an overeager antique dealer named Lucius Doyle, Joplin has the platter restored elsewhere and she displays it, featuring a country scene and a blonde girl over her bed. Amidst a fallout with her oldest friend Abby, Joplin wishes for the blonde girl in ...more
Cara
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hummm...well written. Unexpected. Appropriately mysterious. Forthright, but odd.

When fantasy elements come into a story, I feel like these elements are intended to be allegorical. I wonder if I can take them at face value. And if not, I wonder if I’m smart enough to catch the real meaning. I don’t like that feeling. However, I don’t think the author intends to make her readers feel that way. Especially authors who write for younger audiences. This is very much a reflection of my comfort level w
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Susan  Dunn
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Joplin is having a hard time lately. Her grandfather - the famous author Martin J. Camrath - just died and this has thrown her mom into a tailspin. Even though the two were estranged and her mom hadn't spoken to him in years, she's been in a foul mood. Joplin got to take a week off of school and she and her mom went up to his house in Maine to clear out his house. Her mom only took all of his papers - she didn't want anything else. Joplin wandered through the creepy old house trying to find a mo ...more
Xander Kennedy
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A nice little grounded yet fanciful tale. A story of friendship and family, but one that doesn't hit all the beats just right. I kept wanting to experience a remarkable friendship between Joplin and Sophie, but it never came across as that special. Joplin wishes for a best friend and Sophie appears, but from that moment on it's like we are just to take it on faith that they have become besties. There is not any scene in the story that really shows them getting to that level. Additionally, side c ...more
Camille Caliman
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Darla
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover on this edition is so well done! I grew up in a Dutch-American community and there was delft everywhere. My favorite pottery will always be delft so I was immediately drawn into the story about the broken plate and the girl who can grant wishes. Joplin chooses the pieces of the plate and the tin containing them from her dead grandfather's home. When she returns home her mother's friend helps her get the plate repaired and Joplin makes her first wish. As she realizes the magic of the pl ...more
Maria Antonia
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Joplin inherits a mysterious broken platter from her grandfather. She has it pieced together, only to discover that the little dutch girl in the pattern, Sofie, has come to life. I liked this book well-enough. Joplin and Barrett make a nice team. And I really liked the neighbour, Chloe. I almost wished there were more of her. The “antiques dealer”, Lucius Doyle, makes a good antagonist. And the fact that he’s been around for a long time is really fascinating. And creepy. I didn’t “like” him, but ...more
Rachel Rooney
A Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

After her grandfather passes away, Joplin is allowed to pick one item to take home, she chooses an old cookie tin that has a broken decorative platter inside it. After getting the platter repaired, Joplin wishes for a friend and the next day a girl resembling the girl from the platter is in the garden and she makes a new friend at school. Is it a coincidence? Meanwhile there is a strange man skulking around.

I didn't love it, bu
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Eva
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane Stanley's books are so full of deft perfection and I love more than I can say that she doesn't shy away from magical realism and neither does she shy away from people actually TALKING about things!!!!!!! like yes! Thank you! if you TELL PEOPLE about your PROBLEMS not only does it help SOLVE THE PROBLEMS it also keeps you engaged and excited for the story because it's not hooked on the absurd premise of mis-communication as a plot device you're hanging your entire book on.

Less one star only
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Joanne
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't judge this book by its cover!

I admit the cover didn't appeal to me so although I saw it many times in the library, I never bothered to look into it. But when I read the synopsis, I was instantly intrigued.

This is perhaps my favorite kind of kid's book, light fantasy or magical realism. It's mostly a very realistic, modern day story but with one element of magic. The story has a menacing character that adds drama and raises interesting questions about immortality, comparable to Tuck Everla
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Rebekah Haas
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
It was a fast read for me, I read it in one day.

A girl named Joplin (of the Scott and Janice variety, not the town in Missouri) travels with her mom to clean out her deceased Grandfather's house after he dies. She takes a broken platter then, as a keepsake, and- as it's an antique- gets it repaired. Only then does she learn of the magical powers the plate has. Suddenly, the delftware girl is freed from the plate, and Joplin- armed with her new friend Barrett- must send her home... for good.

Bet
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Darla
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one the first time around. So glad it made the nominee list for the 2019-20 Mark Twain Award. Just reread it to prep for an upcoming Kid's Lit group and it totally holds up. In fact, the end had me reaching for the tissues yet again. My Dutch roots may give me an instant connection to the girl in the platter, but I do think there is much in this book to connect today's kids as well. I still love, love, love the cover, too. In the words of Joplin: "My mind was on bigger things: the pro ...more
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Diane Stanley is an American children's author and illustrator, a former medical illustrator, and a former art director for the publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons. Born in 1943 in Abilene, Texas, she was educated at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX) and at Johns Hopkins University. She is perhaps best known for her many picture-book biographies, some of which were co-authored by her husband, Peter ...more

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