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Wishes and Wellingtons

(Wishes and Wellingtons #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,413 ratings  ·  599 reviews
Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for "Upright Young Ladies." When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master.

Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a dis
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers (first published September 25th 2018)
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I rarely read YA as I tend to prefer the A part of it more. But this was a free Audible pick & no other book looked good so I figured why not. And I'm so lucky I did!

This was just a dream of a story filled with magic & wonder. Remember when you believed in genies & fairies & had fun adventures with your friends? This story brings you back to that amazing time.

I can't recommend this book enough especially to all the little tomboys out there like me who were always getting into mischief.

And the
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
This is a nice little story that is not predictable and has a lot of heart. Maeve makes mistakes, but she also learns from them. She's no superhero, just a clever girl who tries to deal with difficult circumstances while wanting more from life and society. Very enjoyable story and narration. ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Our family listened to this book on a road trip. It was delightful and creative. We loved Maeve - so full of moxie and snarky commentary. My 8 yr old daughter loved quoting along with her, "Maeve Merritt does not back down to bullies!" There were many positive messages in this story. It has the usual clever twists that Berry is known for. We hope that this might be the first in a series as she did leave us with many ideas and unanswered questions about the genie's family history. We want to see ...more
Simply wonderful!

Maeve Merritt is a plucky young lass, always getting into trouble at her school, but that's how she ends up with a djinni . . . who smells of fish and lives in a sardine tin, not a lamp! She befriends an orphan boy, and "corrupts" her sweet-natured roommate, faces a mummy, monsters, and evil bankers!

This book reminded me so much of Five Children and It, or Mary Poppins! I hope she turns it into a series, I would love to read more about Maeve, Alice, and Tom!
Deacon Tom F
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Fun

I had a great time reading this wonderful story. The pace is active throughout.

Wonderful characters, especially poor Tommy who spends the book with two wonderful women.

The storyline is solid and very entertaining.

I recommend.
Chafic (Rello)
This was a lot of fun.
Set in 19th century England, this whimsical tale is filled full of snark, magic and wonder.
It isn't a run-of-the-mill retelling at all!

It's so fun! Definitely heart-warming.
Will recommend to anyone with kids. Maeve can teach girls a thing or two.
Sarah Booth
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a couple of the one star reviews where the readers didn’t like Maeve our main character and saw her as stupid as opposed to a plucky 14 year old who was prone to the mistakes and impulses of youth which drove the story. As someone who still is stymied by their occasional foolish impulses I saw her as more human when she did something less than stellar. Maeve is a rough and tumble tomboy who yearns for adventure and to be free of the severe restrictions on women and girls of the time. Sudd ...more
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Sad...sad that I am finished with this book.

The story was the most delightful. The narrator was the most delightful. In fact I loved both so much I, upon completion, went back to Audible and sought out another book by this author and another book by this narrator.

The story to me felt like a cross between Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth only, sorry Darcy fans) and Harry Potter (except with genies).

I have no idea if a book number two is in our future but I sure hope it is!

P.S. I am an adult who enj
This is definitely a lovely little story that kids will enjoy very much.

I liked it, but the characters aren't what you exactly call complex.

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Audible has some original titles every month that they make available for free to subscribers. In April (or May?) this one was available, and I thought it sounded cute, so I got it.

Just like the synopsis states, this story is about a girl named Maeve in historical London (If I recall correctly it starts in late 1896) who discovers a cranky djinni in a sardine can after she is forced to sort through trash as a punishment for misbehavior.

I didn’t like Maeve at the beginning of the story. She had
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Am I too old for middle grade stories? For a second I thought I would have rated this higher if I were younger but then again I was far more pretentious when I was about 9 or 10. I fancied YA books that I couldn't really relate to because I was too much in a hurry to grow up. Now that I'm in my twenties, I'm much more open to all genres in whatever age bracket. This is why Wishes and Wellingtons is making me question myself. Everyone who's listened to it seemed to enjoy it a great deal. Except f ...more
SheriC (PM)
This is not the kind of children's book that adults love. Or at least, not this adult. The premise is interesting, and I think little girls may very well love it. But it seems like a fairly standard one-dimensional story of a misfit girl, rejected by her conventional family, battling mean girls and mean teachers. Only this story has a genie.

Audiobook via Audible monthly freebie. DNF at 10% after about an hour and a half of audio. The performance by Jayne Entwistle is very good, but not as inspi
JB Lynn
This was brilliant! And it was so funny. The narrator for this was one of the best I've listened to, and I caught myself actually laughing aloud at several moments. Nothing earth-shattering as far as plot goes, but that's not really what I look for when reading a middle-grade book. I just want something fun, light-hearted, and charming where I'm relatively convinced the good guys are going to win in the end. This delivered all of that and then some. ...more
Angela Eschler
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun genie plot, plucky heroine that you can't help but love. Love that my son is reading books about girls. Talks equally about how amazing both girls and boys are in different adventures, and how girls are good at this and that. Good adventure, fun historical setting. ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Fun audiobook
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute, but INCREDIBLY frustrating!!!

Huge fan of the genie and his family though - I'd read more about them!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lachlan, Julian, Petrea, John
Recommended to Megan by: Julie Berry
Julie Berry has done it again, creating a middle-school fantasy book that is funny, full of exciting adventure, and heart-warming.
Berry proves repeatedly that books aimed to young readers need not condescend to the reader. Her protagonist is young, but at no point did I feel like this book was trying to be written for young kids.
Maeve Merritt is a fiesty British girl who is sent to a finishing school to help her learn to be an upright lady. She dreams of playing sports like the boys. She is quic
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well it's a children's story and I'm not a child, but I kind of enjoyed this book. It had some wholesome moments, a little bit of mystery and a happy ending.
I can't complain, but I can't say this was a great book either.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
Audiobook. I needed a pick me up, and this was just that. Sweet.
Roman Kurys
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a decent story.

It’s always a dice roll on a YA story for me and this one, I think was more of a Middle Grade then YA, like I had originally thought. But I can’t manage to DNF a book, so here we are.

Overall, however it ended up being decent, quite possibly because of the genie. I found his parts to be the best and really felt let down when we didn’t delve deeper into his and his family story.

What made it even more fun is how the genie constantly pouted at Maev for her wishes not revol
Apr 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Hard not to love so many of the characters in this great story. It will always hold a special place in my heart now since this was the first book our five year old son and I read and then discussed for our own mini bookclub. Lots of interesting things to talk about before bedtime with this one!
A cute little YA slice of fantasy about a Victorian-era girl who finds a magical wish-granting genie in a sardine tin.

While the world is cute and sufficiently British, the plot is a little slow-going and doesn't generate needed momentum. The girl that finds the genie, Maeve Merritt, is an engaging enough tomboy-esque character who burns through her first two wishes fairly quickly so a lot of narrative drive is lost early. What's left is a somewhat slapdash hunt for the person that has stolen the
Ms. Yingling
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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This had a decided Victorian orphanage vibe to it, even though Maeve is sent to the boarding school in London for Upright Young Ladies as a punishment for being unmanageable. She finds a djinni and they have adventures. I like this sort of book a lot, but my students have a growing lack of interest in books set in London, and in periods in history. This seems like it could turn into a series, so I will probably pass even though I liked it.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐

A fun middle grade adventure set at a boarding school in the late 1800's. I really enjoyed the hijinks our main characters get up to and the underlying themes of friendship, morals, and individuality. I am also a huge fan of Jayne Entwistle!
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun middle grade with a good premise but there were a lot of loose ends that never got tied up. Pacing was a little off. Liked Alice.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
This was a really funny and cute book, I really liked the characters too, would love to own and will recommend :)
Ok this really was a good story - I got it free on Audible a listened to it in a few days. Sooooooo I only gave it 3 stars because it gave me anxiety- like the whole time. Maeve Merritt is a 13 year old Tomboy attending a girls comportment school in London in 1896. She longs for Cricket games and traveling the world, but petticoats and embroidery are not on her priority list. She seems to get in trouble more often than not and one such occasion brought about her searching through trash in the ba ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, middle-grade
A fun and adventurous story for middle grade readers!
Dear Feely
Nov 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Utterly precious, delightful writing! Perfect for djinni loving kids and adults alike!
Lauren Jones
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you were a young girl who got blamed for everything under the sun, how would your outlook on the world be? Some things just can’t be helped. Berry shares the wonderful world of little Miss Maeve Merritt, the girl who doesn’t tolerate bullies. Everywhere she turns, it is something new that she is getting into trouble for. It seems, the girls at Ms. Salimanker’s School for Upright Young Ladies is absolutely not the best place for Maeve, although her parents will hear nothing of it. Berry captiv ...more
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