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“A pawsitively magical twist on middle school mayhem.”—Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy

An SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner!

Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. Good-bye, dorky math nerd; hello, friend magnet! But her first day at Saguaro Prep starts off weird to the tenth power.

When she’s dared to “make something exciting
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published February 13th 2018)
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Jen
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book and gave it to my 8th grade daughter, who hates to read! Well, guess what....she is currently reading it and she loves it. She gives it two thumbs up, so it must be a great read!!
Jennifer Bertman
A sweet and funny middle grade that would have been a huge hit with my younger self. (And my older self enjoyed it a great deal too!)
Lorie Barber
My first read of 2018 was a fun magical realism book about new girl Megan who tries to win friends and influence people using magic she accidentally-on-purpose wished into her life.

I always have trouble reading mean-girl plots (having been the butt of a few of them as a kid) but I know the kids in my class will learn valuable lessons from Megan’s journey and how she deals with antagonist Rhena. They’ll also learn how important it is to be true to who you are and to not try and be someone you’re
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Vera Wilson
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Won a copy of this. For middle school age.

Megan starts at a new school and is late to her very first class. Already school had started 2 weeks ago.

Naturally she wants to fit in. But she isn't a real outgoing type to make friends. She spots a clock on the wall in her classroom & reminds her of something that her Grandmother did years ago (made a wish when it was 11:11).

The wish is something that seems rather odd. Will this help Megan fit in?

Lots may be able to relate to her story. I know I swit
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Ben Langhinrichs
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens and teens, especially girls
ARC loaned by author
Megan is starting 7th grade at a new school, and she's determined to leave her awkward, nerdy past behind, but middle school has a way of upending plans. Caught between two rivals before she even makes it to her first class, Megan has to use her wits to try and rescue her social status, but her wits aren't helping much. Just when social disaster seems certain, Megan happens to wish on a magic clock at 11:11 exactly, and mysterious, wonderful things start happening.

If only mag
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Lily Williams
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a case of the book matches the cover! What a fun, colorful, whimsical, exciting book! Megan is a delightful main character caught in the middle of new school drama. Tomsic perfectly captures the "life or death" feel of middle school drama without belittling Megan's problems or stress. Magical realism and math add another layer of fun to this tale (or should I say, "tail"?). I recommend this book to those who liked the "Bras and Broomsticks" series. Tons of fun! ...more
Cara Hinton
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book! This is a great Young Adult read, encourages speaking up for yourself and others and confidence. Something every middle school er needs to know! Spoiler alert......I only wish we got more of the brothers who invented the clock. There are a few small things I would have liked to have had expanded on.....
Like what did Grams want to talk about before surgery? That was never answered.....And I think it was relevant. But I loved it and will recommend it.
Lana
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was a VERY fun read, although it was a tiny bit cheesy at the ending, the girl lied and said she was called the "Fun-meister" at her old school when she was really just a nobody. In the end, for the big revenge on the mean girl she stands in front of the school and says: "Being dorky is better then being fake!!" Although this logic failed me, because she was faking who she was this entire time. ...more
Suzie
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 just a straight up, adorably magical story!
Beth Rodgers
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The 11:11 Wish' by Kim Tomsic basks in the power of the unthinkable, yet totally imaginable. Every young person (and adult, for that matter) has moments when they wish that things could go their way, even if just for a little while, to make the universe seem right and in order with what they feel will give them happiness. So it is for Megan Meyers as she finds herself worried about whether she will fit in at her new school after a move and a big change in her family.

Along with her dad and her s
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Yapha
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
As someone who makes a wish whenever I notice it is 11:11, this was a fun book to read! Megan is super stressed out about starting at a brand new middle school across the country after the school year has already started. Without knowing it, she becomes stuck in the middle of the battle for Spirit Week Captain, between the two most popular girls in the seventh grade. When she sees a clock in her history class that looks exactly like the one that was in her grandmother's kitchen, she wishes on it ...more
Sarah
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story to hand to a middle schools student who has just moved.
Samantha Clark
This book is SO MUCH FUN! I loved every second of it, from the self-proclaimed "dorky" protagonist, to the twists of who's telling the truth, to the against stereotype characters (jocks in Math Club! Love it) and, of course, to the little bit of magic that could be way too much.
Kim Tomsic has created characters that I want to hold in my heart.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a book that's fun as well as touching.
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Claudia
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Tomsic's debut novel is a delightful mix of middle-school yearnings and middle-school mayhem, with a delicious - but dangerous - dose of magic generously mixed in. It's hard not to cheer as Megan finds her own voice, and the courage to use it. If I ever stumble across a certain cat clock, I won't be able to resist wishing on it at exactly 11:11 - and I know I'll wish for another Kim Tomsic book to read, soon. ...more
thomas h butler
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 11:11 arrived right on time!


The 11:11 Wish


The 11:11 arrived right on time! Kim Tomsic, new to the juvenile fiction genre, has the magic. She has done a wonderful job of inhabiting the angst-ridden mind of the middle-school teenage girl. Megan has just arrived in a new town in the middle of the school year and desperately wants to fit in and be socially successful and popular, but fears she will forever be the outsider. Written in the first-person, we get to participate in the running interna
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Ms. Yingling
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Megan and her family have moved to a new town in Arizona after the death of her mother, and Megan is desperate to fit in to life at Saguaro Prep. Unfortunately, she gets caught between the two girls who are running for Spirit Week captain, Rhena and Ally. Oddly, there is a cat clock very much like one her grandmother had in her kitchen, and when 11:11 hits, Megan makes a wish on it the way she once heard her grandmother do. It works, and while this is exciting, Megan is
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Elaine Fultz
Megan is the new girl in 7th grade and she is immediately “zapped” into the middle of a popular girl feud. Zapping is a kind of hazing done to new kids which involves a dare. Even though she is warned against it by her sage grandmother, Megan reaches for magical assistance by wishing on a special clock at 11:11am. The wishes come true -- the first is to have snow on a 90+ degree day in Arizona -- and Megan’s all-too-common middle school saga gets a slight boost of variance. At home, Megan, her l ...more
Jana
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Navigating the social scene in middle school is tough. And trying to figure out the do’s and don’ts when you’re the new kid is even tougher. Megan Meyers just moved to Arizona with her dad and sister, and she sees this move as her opportunity to start fresh and not be the Science Fair dork that she was at her old school in Colorado. But from the first moment, Megan finds herself in the middle of a ZAP war between two popular seventh graders vying to become Spirit Week Captain in an upcoming scho ...more
Lisa K
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
Megan is a middle school student who has just moved to a new school. She discovers that she can use a bit of magic, even though she doesn't understand how it works, to help her find a way to fit in and make friends. Unwittingly, she is immediately pulled into a school-wide election with some strong personalities. The cat clock on a classroom wall reminds her of one her grandmother used to have, and she also recalls a little rhyme that is supposed to grant wishes if wished in the proper way at ex ...more
Delaney
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read for this month was The 11:11 Wish written by Kim Tomsic. This is book is fantasy fiction. The 11:11 Wish is about a girl, Meghan who transferred to a new school and finding a clock. This particular clock was a cat and Meghan had recognized this clock from her grandmother's house. Meghan knew it had to do with some magic so when it was 11:11 Meghan said a whole saying then her wish to snow. After math a girl walked up to Meghan and handed her "delivery" when she didn't order anyth ...more
Ida
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Tomsic’s debut, THE 11:11 WISH, is a delightful, magic-infused romp that will make you wince and cheer for Megan Meyers as she navigates new friendships and learns what it means to be true to herself. Megan was a complete nerd, famous for snort-laughing at her old school, but a new school offers her a chance to start over fresh. Armed with internet advice on making friends, she vows to take the school by storm, but when her plan fizzles on the first day, she resorts to magic. She makes a wis ...more
Laura
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Megan Meyers moves to a new middle school, where she hopes to transform her identity from nerd to popular girl. As the new kid, Megan is dared to making something exciting happen, she can't figure out what to do. As a last ditch effort, she recites a silly poem she used to hear her grandmother say, when the clock in her classroom turns 11:11. The clock is magic and soon Megan is given her wildest desires, but consequences soon fo
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Jen
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much and will be giving it to two middle grade girls. Megan wants to shed her dorky reputation and become a cool girl at her new school. When she spots a familiar clock and remembers her grandmother's wishing rhyme for when the clock strikes 11:11, she gives it a whirl and lo and behold! Her wish comes true...but there might be a catch.

There's so much creativity as well as heart in this book. Megan, her dad and sister are still coping with her mother's death, so there's a mo
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Susan  Dunn
Megan and her family have relocated to Arizona from Colorado after her mother's death. In her old school she was somewhat of a social failure, so she is determined to turn over a new leaf in AZ. But being cool and popular isn't as easy as she had hoped. When she makes a wish on an unusual clock in her history class at exactly 11:11 a.m., Megan is surprised to find that it has come true! But as with most wishes, she must pay a price for making them.... Is being popular worth it?

This debut novel i
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Brigit Young
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In THE 11:11 WISH, Megan struggles with the recent death of her mother, and the subsequent emotional withdrawal of her father, as well as being the new kid in school after a big move. With all that sorrow, she needs a little bit of luck and magic. And in this delightful novel, she gets it. It’s so fun to see Megan navigate the gifts and pitfalls of magic, and work to find her footing in this challenging time in her life. I can’t wait to buy a copy of this book for my 9-year-old niece, who I know ...more
Suzanne
Cute story about middle grade girl who moves mid-year to Arizona after her mother dies and must suffer the indignities associated with being the new girl at school. She wasn’t popular at her old school and hopes to correct all her old social ‘failures’ with a re-set this time but her 3-step plan for self-improvement fails her on the very first day. So she wishes on a cat clock and magic enters her life. As might be expected, there are costs associated with its use. This book is sure to entertain ...more
Pam
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
A sweet middle grade read with an underlying serious theme.
Megan and her family have moved to a new town after her mom's death. She's struggling with middle school issues in a new school. She remembers her grandmother having a cat clock like the one in her teacher's room and remembers a rhyme she used to say. She makes a wish to be popular and to have a little magic - it comes true.
She relies on magic to help her navigate the lead up to Spirit Week and making friends. She's caught in the typic
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Lija Fisher
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun and whimsical! Did you ever think that if you just had a bit of magic and some wishes, you could survive middle school? Or reinvent yourself to become the person you always thought you could be? Well, Megan Meyers is granted those wishes as she starts attending a new school and everything turns out perfectly! I kid! Magic is tricky business and Megan soon realizes the price she must pay for trying to wish away her problems. This is a cute read, full of heart and enchantments ...more
Ellie M
DNF around 20%. I really should have read reviews before I read this. We got:

-Dead parent trope (did absolutely NOTHING for the plot and was completely unnecessary, especially considering I'd just DNFed another book for the same reason)
-"Popular mean girl" trope (it might be because I've gone to small schools all my life, but popularity has NEVER been an issue at any school I've been to. I never see a "queen bee" in charge of everyone and I've pretty much decided that that whole idea is a myth.
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