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The Wish and the Peacock

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the fa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Shadow Mountain
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Change is hard. It is particularly hard for Paige.

Paige is twelve and has lived on the family farm all of her life. She is a hard worker and her dad trained her to do the chores, take care of the equipment, land, and animals. The farm is part of her legacy, until everything changes.

Paige enlists her younger brother, Scotty, to sabotage the sale of the farm. Some of the things they come up with are pretty ingenious. I really enjoyed her antics, but I am sure that it will be more fun for the twee
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Shadow Mountain for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Wish And The Peacock
By: Wendy S. Swore

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
The Wish And The Peacock is a delightful middle grade story with many important lessons in its pages. The heroine, Paige, is twelve years old living on a farm in Idaho. Since the death of her father a year ago, Paige has felt responsible for running the farm in the same way her father did. Then, Paige discovers that her
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

Since I still have young children at home about the age of the heroine in The Wish and the Peacock, I was excited to read this book with them. The story was so well-told and the underlying message a poignant reminder of what's important---that change will happen, but home is with the people you love.

Paige is a very relatable character. She's trying so hard to deal with the grief of losing her father and wanting to do all she can to hang on to the family farm and keep her promise to he
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2020
THE WISH AND THE PEACOCK is a story of loss, holding tight to family, dreams, and finding that sometimes you have to let go of those dreams to find new ones. It's a sweet story from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl who is trying to hold on to so much after the loss of her father. The characters are all likable and the small-town, country setting is quite charming.

This is a story that kind of meanders along. It's sweet and charming and easy to relate to. I liked all the things about the farm
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
After losing her father in an accident, Paige is determined not to lose her home as well. She promised her father to take care of the farm and works hard to keep that promise. But her mother and Grandpa seem to be under the spell of the real estate agent. With the help of her younger brother, Paige resorts to pranks in an effort to sabotage the sale. The arrival of an injured peacock and a heifer ready to give birth add to Paige's responsibilities. But things are slipping out of Paige's control ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
There were some really great elements of this book and some not so great.

Swore did an excellent job talking in the voice of a 12-year-old. She captured the tone and wording very well. Her details about farming surpassed anything I've ever read. She knows farming well and conveyed it well in her book. I felt like I was on the farm with the family. I liked how she tied the peacock and the life lessons together.

On the other hand, I expected a fantasy book dealing with wishes brought by a peacock. I
Michelle Kenneth -
I grew up on a farm. I was a city girl, doomed to a childhood on a farm. I hated every single second of it. I couldn't wait until I turned 18 so I could get as far away as possible from that place.

Reading this book, I can tell you I was nothing like Paige. She is a 12-year old girl completely running a farm mostly by herself. That's all she cares about is running the farm. If people help her, good. If they don't, she's okay with it, because she's still going to do it. But try to stop her from do
From the best-selling author of A Monster Like Me comes Wendy S. Swore’s new novel, The Wish and the Peacock (Shadow Mountain Press), a fun and ultimately rich story of a young girl’s struggle with loss, grief and change.

Twelve-year-old Paige’s world experiences a seismic shift with the sudden death of her beloved father. Living on a farm that her family has owned for generations, there is nothing she won’t do to hold on to the only life she has ever known. Equipped with her father’s knowledge a
Teenage Reads
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle School
Shelves: books-i-own, 2020
She told her father she would look after the farm while he was gone. When her father took that to mean when he was out for the afternoon moving irrigation pipes, twelve-year-old Paige took it to heart, especially when her father never came back. Paige took it upon herself to maintain the farm so that her mother can study for nursing school and her grandfather does not have to do all the work himself. Where she missed her dad, she was not going to give up on his dream of running the farm. Th
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books for middle grade kids that adults can love too! There were so many things about this book that I loved.

I loved the characters! Paige is the main character, and the reader sees everything through her eyes. She is a young girl, her father has died, and Paige feels that the all the work on her family’s farm is her responsibility. I loved the way she felt so much ownership in her farm. It was also kind of sad that Paige had such a huge burden.

I loved the way Paige, her brother S
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight to read! In the second middle-grade novel by Wendy Swore, we meet Paige, a farm girl who lives in Idaho and is struggling to work on her farm after the death of her father. When she discovers that her mom intends to sell the farm, Paige takes matters into her own hands. Around this same time, Paige discovers a peacock in her barn. The reader will witness Paige’s creative attempts to save her farm and tend the wounded peacock at the same time. There are plenty of funny ane ...more
Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
2.5 stars

This book was really cute and sweet. It is about Paige who is a twelve year old girl whose world is about to be turned upside down. Her family is losing their farm and she is doing everything to stop it.

My problems with this book stemmed from the writing style and character development. The pacing was so fast in the beginning and then it seemed like it dragged in the middle. 80% of what is talked about the synopsis happens in the first 20% of the book.
I also had a hard time believing
Blinn Sheffield
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about Idaho farm girl Paige, who struggles with the death of her dad. Paige feels she has to do everything possible to keep the farm going, but when her mom and granddad decide to sell, she is aghast and schemes to scare the real estate agent and potential buyers away. Not only that, but a mysterious reporter shows up looking for a peacock that Paige and her little brother Scotty have been caring for since it showed up on the farm. Paige finds that she has to juggle a lot at once ...more
Gail E.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Great idea just needed a great editor. There was too much extraneous storytelling that didn't drive the plot. I found myself doing a lot of browsing because I wanted action to develop the plot. The main character Paige was really built up for most of the book and when she stumbled it was just once it was a myriad of obstacles that befell her. I guess it's the pacing that threw me off. The tone shifted dramatically maybe too black and white from Mom being bad guy to good guy and vice versa for Pa ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing through Edelweiss+.
The central theme is change and acceptance. Readers meet Paige, a twelve-year old who is grieving for her father and shouldering all of the work on the farm. She feels responsible for his death (hit and killed by a texting driver) because she wasn't with him. To atone, she takes on saving the farm alone and won't ask for help. Readers see her struggles and how she shuts out family and friends and won't listen and hea
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My name is Paige, and I grew up on a farm in Idaho, so I was intrigued by this book since I was given an ARC from the publisher to read. Here I am, a middle aged woman, reading a YA book, but I loved it! I cried, and I hurt just as Paige hurt. So many things in the book hit home for me, not because of the similarities in the girl's name and location, but the way it was written the author was able to speak to our inner selves and evoke an emotion that we often hide. The story touches on the dimin ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Right away I was pulled in by the cover. I like the bright colors and the happy feel of the cover. It does feel like a middle grade cover, and since that's who it's marketed towards it really hits the mark there. However, I struggled the whole book with the main characters age. I didn't feel like a lot of it was believable at age 12. Not the farm chores, I think she could have done all those, or the pranks, those were definitely the appropriate age, but the way she thinks and describes things. A ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! I loved that the kids felt empowered enough to take matters into their own hands. A great motivator for anyone who reads this book. Perfect for the whole family.
KarenJo Custodio
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Wish and the Peacock by Wendy Swore is a fun and wonderful children’s story filled with farm animals, adventure, endearing friendships, and heartwarming moments. Swore masterfully creates a believable and relatable narrative that’s not only entertaining, but also beautifully touching in many ways.

Paige is dealing with her grief over losing her father. As she goes about taking care of her family farm like her dad used to do, Paige finds out that her mother and grandfather has agreed to sell
I loved everything about The Wish and the Peacock. The author is clearly very knowledgeable about farming and animals, including peacocks. She uses vivid and detailed descriptions about caring for the animals and the amount of work involved in farming that put the reader on the farm with them.

Paige is 12 years old and lives on an 80 acre farm with horses, pigs, cows, chickens and a huge potato cellar among other things. She has earned trophies for robotics and likes to read tractor manuals. I w
Dawn Teresa
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although it deals with grief, The Wish and the Peacock is a joy to read. Beautifully written, at times lyrical and atmospheric, this funny, smart, and heartwarming tale is a love letter to farming, family, and friends.

As we meet Paige, she’s working hard to get the farm chores done without her father’s help. Since his accidental death, her mother has been working hard at nursing school and is consumed with sadness. When Paige finds a peacock on the property, she’s determined to nurse it back to
Angie Taylor
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an adorable coming of age story about a 12 year old girl who has to comes to terms with her family’s new reality concerning their farm after the death of her father. I loved the relationship between Paige and her little brother. I also loved the intricate details of what farm life was like for Paige. The details showed that the Author either did really good research or has personal experience of living on a farm. I really appreciated how realistic farm life was. My main criticism of the ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Wendy S. Swore must be a middle schooler in grown-up clothing. She has a particular gift of insight into the challenges and thought processes of pre-adolescent girls.

Paige is an Idaho farm girl, all of 12 years old, whose father was killed in an accident. As she bravely tries to keep his legacy alive and keep their farm running, she is faced with even more changes. The farm is facing foreclosure and must be sold.

Paige and her book-loving little brother Scotty find an injured peacock in t
Jen Danowski
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Wendy Swore's new book is a Middle-Grade novel written for kids aged 8-12 but this story is for people of all ages. I loved the characters, the setting (it's where I grew up!!), and the life lessons learned in this novel.

Paige is a twelve-year-old going on twenty-one. She was her dad's favorite helper and he taught her everything about running their South-Eastern Idaho farm. Sadly, her father died in an accident and now the family farm faces foreclosure. This novel is a mixture of sadnes
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Wendy Swore’s book, A Monster Like Me, so I was excited when I heard she had a new book coming out. When The Wish and the Peacock arrived I was a little hesitant to read it. The cover wasn't very appealing to me (although I think it would probably really appeal to its young target audience), and the focus on the peacock wasn't grabbing me. However, once I took the time to sit down and read the story I enjoyed it.

I really felt for Paige as the death of her father added a huge we
Nay Denise
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for review from the publisher.

This was a beautiful read. I'm giving this a 3.5 star rating. This book goes through the struggle and ways of dealing with death of a loved one from the perspective of a 12 year old. This is a fun read with a quirky character. I couldn't give it a full 4 star simply because I wasn't 100% invested in the characters.

Paige is a very sweet girl who is struggling with dealing with the death of her father. Her mother has decided to sell the farm and she is
Kathryn Veil
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paige lives with her family on a farm in Idaho. Her life was idyllic, days spent working with her dad, swinging with her brother, tending the animals, listening to her mom sing. But all that changed suddenly when a tragic accident occurred. Now the farm is Paige's life. She has to take care of it because of a promise she made. She is the only thing standing between the farm staying in her family or being sold...or so she thinks.
Her favorite thing on the farm is the wishfire that her dad started
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved reading a book set in a familiar area to me (in Idaho). I was super impressed with the work ethic of the main character, Paige. This wasn't a light hearted read as Paige is very obviously grieving the death of her father. Her mother is also grieving and the reality is that they are going to have to lose their farm. Paige feels that if she can just work hard enough she can save the farm but Paige also attends school and is to small to do everything alone. When a hurt peacock unexpectedly ...more
Monica H at The Readathon
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Wish and the Peacock by Wendy S. Swore is a tale about love, heartbreak, friendship, change, dealing with grief, and working hard. Paige's father passed away a short time ago, and her mother and grandfather decide it's time to sell the farm. Paige cannot believe that her mom has been tricked by the evil real estate agent Miss Dolly. So Paige sets out to work hard and take care of everything by herself--including getting rid of Miss Dolly and any potential buyers. Meanwhile, Paige's brother S ...more
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Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.

Rep'd by Stacey Glick, Member SCBWI, Her debut novel, A Monster Like Me, co

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