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Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won''t happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town, and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new g ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Karen McKenna
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lexi believes that if she keeps the universe in balance, if she follows her routine, if she is good enough, she can keep her little brother well. The only problem is she is finding it difficult to keep things from changing in middle school. Her best friend won't stop talking about another girl, her math teacher has changed how they learn math, and her little brother is back in the hospital. So when Lexi finds some magic wishing stones at the antique store she helps at after school, she can't hel ...more
Jana
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book and then share it with my #BookRelays reading group. This is a fun book that kind of reminds me of The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic. Both books have a main character that is having a difficult time navigating all of the stress of being a middle schooler these days. In this book, Lexi has to deal with her younger brother's chronic digestive disorder that has him in the hospital frequently, her parents' financial difficulties as they struggle to make e ...more
Alexis
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars. I was immediately drawn into Lexi’s personality and how focused she was on “balancing” the universe. I can really relate to her worries and beliefs on luck. There were moments where it felt really serious and I had all the emotions for Lexi, then the next page I would be giggling at some of her mishaps. This is a wonderful book that would be great for readers who might struggle with fantasy books full of magical worlds and beasts. It is fantasy, but only slightly so. ...more
Melanie
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good. I think it was a great look at how one girl, Lexi, coped with her brother's illness. I think we can all relate to change being scary and sticking to a normal routine. As Lexi makes her wishes and we see the results it's a reminder of how the grass isn't always greener. Seeing Lexi able to grow to accept change and be more flexible really drives the story. Good things can come when we accept change so that we can grow. Definitely a quick good read.
Caitlin Zonder
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC that was shared with #bookhike. Adorable story about a girl named Lexi who is constantly trying to make the universe happy so that her brother won’t get sick again. She finds a bag of wishing stones. What would you wish for if you had the chance? Lexi thinks she is making good wishes, but what will happen when they don’t turn out exactly like she wanted?
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Anna Staniszewski lives in the Boston area and teaches in the MFA Writing for Children Program at Simmons College. She's the author of several tween novels, including THE DIRT DIARY and SECONDHAND WISHES, and the picture books POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT and DOGOSAURUS REX. You can visit Anna at www.annastan.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/annastanisz.