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READ PDF ⚠ Wish ì Listening Lengthhours andminutesEleven year old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all This is the quietest book that begins to squeeze your heart, slowly, slowly, until you realize that you are looking for things to wish on just like Charlie, but just for Charlie Charlie has been taken to her Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus s home after it s been determined that she is no longer in a stable environment Her father is in jail and her mother doesn t get out of bed Her sister is about to graduate from high school so gets to move in with a friend Charlie is alone in what she thinks of a This is the quietest book that begins to squeeze your heart, slowly, slowly, until you realize that you are looking for things to wish on just like Charlie, but just for Charlie Charlie has been taken to her Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus s home after it s been determined that she is no longer in a stable environment Her father is in jail and her mother doesn t get out of bed Her sister is about to graduate from high school so gets to move in with a friend Charlie is alone in what she thinks of as a sad house in the Blue Ridge mountains, among those awful hillbillies She must finish her fifth grade year, and it s not a friendly place But Charlie doesn t exactly know how to make friends, and is also in trouble with the teacher quite a bit Sadly, this is not a sympathetic teacher, although I kept hoping It s after school is out that the story deepens I loved that Barbara O Connor keeps Charlie surrounded with love, from Bertha and Gus, from her only friend, Howard s family, from the setting and finally from a stray dog, Wishbone That s part of the sweet story too A dog s love cures a lot of things, and he helps Charlie, too Without telling all the story, just know that as others have said, it s worth reading and learning from the inside out what a child who also feels like a stray wishes for every single day A touching read demonstrating that sometimes when you re out there seeking for your own wish to be granted, you re actually granting someone else s. I often make the mistake of reading middle grade novels with awards in my head Thinking about what the National Book Award Committee or the Newbery Committee might think about a book is fun, but it often taints my reading experience.The time I spent with Barbara O Connor s Wish was magical I never once thought about what award committees will think of this book, not because it doesn t deserve consideration, but because this book is so obviously perfect and important for kids that it doesn t re I often make the mistake of reading middle grade novels with awards in my head Thinking about what the National Book Award Committee or the Newbery Committee might think about a book is fun, but it often taints my reading experience.The time I spent with Barbara O Connor s Wish was magical I never once thought about what award committees will think of this book, not because it doesn t deserve consideration, but because this book is so obviously perfect and important for kids that it doesn t really matter what anyone else thinks Wish contains so much of what I love about middle grade fiction an engaging plot the word engaging doesn t do it justice, but I m too tired to think of something better , a main character that readers will fall in love with, unforgettable supporting characters not an easy thing to do , and a setting so real you feel like you ve been there.I don t really have anything else I d like to say about Wish, but I would like to say that Barbara O Connor is one heck of a talented writer My students love her books Reading them aloud builds community, empathy, and it is just plain fun Do you think that every family in the American South in the current day is eating cornbread, turnip greens and succotash for every supper Seems hard to believe.I mean don t you think some of them eat spaghetti or hamburgers or fast food Don t get me wrong, I love Southern food, and I d probably cook it at least once a week if I didn t think my family would spit it back out at me, but it s one of my issues with this book.There is the bad family Mama sleeps on the couch all day, Scrappy Do you think that every family in the American South in the current day is eating cornbread, turnip greens and succotash for every supper Seems hard to believe.I mean don t you think some of them eat spaghetti or hamburgers or fast food Don t get me wrong, I love Southern food, and I d probably cook it at least once a week if I didn t think my family would spit it back out at me, but it s one of my issues with this book.There is the bad family Mama sleeps on the couch all day, Scrappy Daddy is in a correctional facility and then there is the good family Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus spend all day gardening and taking in stray cats and cookin grits in a big ole cook pot Naturally, Charlemagne Charlie the protagonist, is going to be won over by all dem grits cause deys so good and this is no spoiler alert, cause you can see the story line coming on the first page.I m sorry, but I read chapter books aloud to my kids and this was just way too after school special for me, but, okay, the cover art is inspiring, and there is a beagle in the story My daughter says 4 stars, I say 3 But that beagle on the cover is just begging me to begenerous