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Come to the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams. Meet me at the Ferris wheel at midnight. We'll ride it together...

Alyson Heller at Aladdin has bought world rights to Jenny Lundquist's coming-of-age middle grade novel, The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams. Pitched as The Night Circus for younger readers, the book follows three former friends in a struggling factory town, who each rec
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Published 2019 by Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I have no idea why but the pure nostalgia this cover just gave me made me cry a little

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Mya Gray
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This was a very entertaining story! There are three separate POVs, and while at first it was difficult for me to keep track of who was who, I got used to it eventually. The book mainly follows three friends who were very close, but distanced themselves from each other after an accident involving all of their parents. Their town is still hurting from the accident, as many people were effected by it.
There were some cliches
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Katie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @kidlitexchange, @jenny_lundquist, and @simonkids for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Fans of Jenny Lundquist – rejoice! She has a new #middlegrade book out next month and it’s wonderful. I adored IZZY MALONE and VIOLET BARNABY, and though these are different characters, the story is just as heartwarming.

Grace, Audrey, and Harlow used to be inseparable, until a tragic accident tore them – and their small town – apart. The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams is an annual
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Ms. Yingling
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Audrey, Grace, and Harlow's fathers played high school baseball together in their small town, and thre three grew up as friends. This ended when the factory owned by Harlow's family, and managed by Audrey's father, burned to the ground. Grace father, a firefighter, thought that Audrey's father was in the building, and lost his life trying to save him. The entire community has felt the loss of the company, with the lack of jobs, and also are cool toward Audrey and Harlow'
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This book was very cute. Well-written. The character's connecting stories and viewpoints were fun to see and read, and the book itself wasn't too long or too short.

For me, the main negative aspects were the rushed moments and slightly childish behavior. It seemed to me that while there was an overall conflict, the several smaller conflicts were solved so fast, that they did not seem significant enough to have been included at all. (For example, w
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Valerie McEnroe
Cute cover, although fireflies have nothing to do with the story. As for the title, it's a little misleading because this is 100% realistic fiction. No magic. It begins with several girls receiving a pumpkin gram with the same message. "Come to the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams. Meet me at the Ferris wheel at midnight. We'll ride it together." The message is unsigned and none of the girls know that her friends received the same pumpkin gram.

Clarkville is a manufacturing town that was hit hard by
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Kate Waggoner
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams by Jenny Lundquist is a beautifully written middle grades novel about friendship and dealing with a loss. Harlow, Audrey, and Grace have been friends for as long as they can remember because their fathers were best friends. That all changed one night when the Carlson Factory caught fire injuring Audrey's father and kill
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Laura Gardner
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams by @jenny_lundquist; thanks for sharing this ARC with me for @kidlitexchange! This book is out 2.12.19 and is perfect for upper elementary students looking for clean middle school drama. I read this in less than two hours. It's an easy, fun read that will have wide appeal. .
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The carnival has come to Clarkville and Grace, Audrey and Harlow are all hoping one night of magic might erase the problems of the last year since the Carlson Factory burned
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Keshia
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network and author @jenny_lundquist for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own! The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams is just what the small town of Clarksville needs. Everyone’s lives have changed since the Carlson factory burned down. Audrey, Grace, and Harlow were best friends before the fire, but they’ve barely spoken in the year since. But all three girls receive a mysterious pumpkin gram from school, saying to ride the Ferr ...more
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The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams by Jenny Lundquist, 292 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2019. $18.

Content: G (mention of someone dying in a fire)

BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Grace, Audrey, and Harlow used to be best friends – until the fire at the local factory (owned by Harlow’s father), that killed Grace’s dad, a firefighter, when he ran in to save Audrey’s dad. It’s been a year and normally the girls would enjoy the yearly carnival together, but they have barely been talki
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Erika
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, author @jenny_lundquist, and @simonkids for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

THE CARNIVAL OF WISHES AND DREAMS by Jenny Lundquist 🎡

Grace, Harlow, and Audrey are best friends, just like their three dads were growing up. They used to be, that is, until a fire destroyed their town’s factory and took the life of Grace’s dad.

The anniversary of the fire is approaching, as is the once-a-year Carnival of Wishes and Dr
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Sarah Overvaag
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Hill
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One year ago the factory burned down, killing one man in the process and the town has never been the same. Audrey, Grace and Harlow used to be best friends, but after the factory was destroyed, it seemed so was their friendship. They each get an anonymous "pumpkin-gram" inviting them to meet at the Ferris Wheel at the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams at midnight. Grace is moving to California with her mom to have a fresh start after her dad died, Audrey's mom left the family and her dad is not exac ...more
3queensread
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange community, author Jenny Lundquist and publisher Simon Kids for the copy of The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams. All opinions are my own.

I was instantly drawn into the cover of this book. It is absolutely beautiful and reminds me of my youth. It takes me back to summer time with my friends in middle school and begging my mom to let us go to the fair so we could eat all the junk food and ride the Ferris wheel. That said this book will definitely be relatable to its intend
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Laura
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Lundquist is an exceptionally gifted writer so it's not surprising that I enjoyed The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams. While I didn't enjoy it as much as her previous works, it was still a lovely read--both compelling and touching. I think it's especially relevant to girls 10-14 in the way it addresses social media, cliques, and bullying. The subject of grief was also handled very well. ...more
Lisa
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a page turner. I started it a bit late on Friday night and was up until 2 am so I could finish it. I wanted to find out what happened at midnight so I didn't want to put the book down. It kept my interest the entire time. I passed off the book the next day to my 11 year old niece and she did the same thing. She couldn't put it down and read it all in 1 night.
Elise
Sep 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
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DNF for The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams. Lots of info-dumping, and I couldn't keep any of the characters and their relationships/interactions/family situations straight. Some pages had, like, five different highly stylized fonts--pretty distracting. Too much drama, not enough happening.
Heidi Rogers
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So. Much. Fun!
Ellie M
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Been too long since I've read a book as easy and enjoyable as this. My only issue-the copy I got out from my library was printed upside down? I don't know if this was intentional or not.
Creyer
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written book about friendship facing tragedy. I really liked the book BUT DO HVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ENDING.
Winsor
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
My opinion on the book the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams was that the book was okay. I started to get confused keeping track about what happened to what characters and who was who but it is about three friends who were very close then there was and accident and they started to grow apart. The book was pretty interesting but it didn't hook me.
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more

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