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The Seventh Wish Paperback – June 13, 2017
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When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town's frozen lake, she's hoping the fish she reels in will help pay for her dream: a fancy Irish dancing dress for her upcoming competition. But when Charlie's first catch of the day happens to be a talking fish offering her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world quickly turns upside down, as her wishes go terribly and hilariously wrong.
Just as Charlie is finally getting the hang of communicating with a magical wishing fish, a family crisis with her older sister brings reality into sharp focus. Charlie quickly learns that the real world doesn't always keep fairy-tale promises and life's toughest challenges can't be fixed by a simple wish . . .
Acclaimed author Kate Messner expertly weaves fantasy into the ordinary, in an important story of self-reliance and hope that will open readers' eyes to the wonders and challenges of their world.
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"An empathetic, beautiful, magical, fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish." - Anne Ursu, author of BREADCRUMBS and THE REAL BOY
"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"Rich and daring . . . As she did in All the Answers, Messner lightens a heavy theme with a bit of magic." - Publishers Weekly
"A charming fantasy story with threads of several deep themes that could serve as the basis for thoughtful discussion." - School Library Journal
"Messner uses her particular brand of magical realism to face some tough but necessary stuff. . . . An enjoyable and informative story." - BCCB
"Messner melds realism with a bit of magic for a charming middle grade story. . . . Charlie’s determination and spunk will appeal to readers." - School Library Connection
"Messner writes insightfully of Charlie’s experiences." - Booklist
"It's no surprise that Kate Messner’s magic pen could write a charming, moving, funny, and ultimately very surprising story about a magic pencil!" - Wendy Mass, New York Times best selling author of 11 BIRTHDAYS, on ALL THE ANSWERS
"Messner (Manhunt) has created a relatable, sympathetic character in anxious Ava, and her story is at its best when Ava's life remains centered around the norms of her school, friends, and multigenerational family." - Publishers Weekly on ALL THE ANSWERS
"Ava learns lessons about coping and bravery that should resonate with middle grade readers struggling with their own anxieties . . . An emotionally resonant portrait of a sweet girl whose struggles are firmly rooted in reality." - Booklist on ALL THE ANSWERS
"Will appeal to Wendy Mass fans as well as those who love Messner’s previous novels." - School Library Journal on ALL THE ANSWERS
About the Author
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681194317
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681194318
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 720L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.54 x 0.79 x 8.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #230,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a middle school teacher, I am so appreciative of this novel and how carefully Kate Messner handled the substance abuse issue—the stigma, the complexity of rehabilitation, and the effect on an entire family. I know there are kids at the upper elementary and middle school level who NEED this book. Some of my students have older siblings, parents, and other adult relatives grappling with addiction. Some of my students might already be on that pathway themselves. Kids need to know that, yes, it happens to good kids from good families in good communities. And yes, there is a way out.
The Seventh Wish shows the reader that taking the easy way out of anything—whether by wishing on a fish or coping with substances—is NOT it. For some things, there is no easy fix. Some things, such as the choices others make, are beyond our control. Each of us must find our own way by looking within, where our greatest power and strength already lies, and let others find their own way, too.
This book is about ice and magic, Irish dancing and best friends, family, and heart-breakingly, a loved one's struggle with addiction.
The story is told with sensitivity and respect for its intended audience, young as they may be. Readers experiencing the same pain in their families will feel less alone, and more understood. Readers who are not touched by addiction will develop empathy for their peers that may be.
All readers will likely develop a strong desire to try Irish dancing and ice fishing.
This book will be a wonderful addition to school and home libraries. Well done, Ms. Messner!
That's too bad, because the book has A LOT to offer besides addiction. Yes, addiction is part of the story, but it's not all of the story. For middle school students this book could serve as a beginning place for a discussion of magical thinking. It's also about friendship and ice and. . . So much more.
Absolutely worth the read.
THE SEVENTH WISH is essentially about an Irish dance loving kid, whose sister's addiction pulls her own life out of whack. Charlie is hard working, with loving parents, and a strong relationship with her sister. She finds solace in dancing hard, stomping and sweating her way through her emotions, and in the silent cold world of ice fishing. When she catches a fish who offers to grant wishes in exchange for freedom, she tries to help others, but her wishes, like all wishes on enchanted fish, have unintended consequences. But underneath that, this is a story about a girl whose sister's choices have had unintended consequences, and how they adapt to facing their unknown and fragile future.
Charlie Brennan is a girl on a mission. To dance, to get a dress for her dance and to help her friends. What I like about Charlie is she works for what she wants. She wants a fancier dress so she works to earn money for it. She wants her friends to be happy so she does what she can to make that work, sometimes with the “help” of a special wishing fish and sometimes on her own.
When Charlie’s family is faced with her older sister’s drug addiction, Charlie wrestles with her feelings in an honest way. One moment love the next moment anger and hate. She’s conflicted and the way Kate Messner portrays that conflict rings true.
There are other special qualities about this book. The way the winter season and ice fishing is described will give you chills and make you feel like
you are out on the ice with a pole in your hand. And the scenes involving Catherine and her flour “baby” are hilarious.
The important topic of drug addiction and what it does to a family is addressed in an honest and frank way with no easy resolutions given and I applaud Kate for tackling this subject. But I also feel at the heart of this story is a very special girl named Charlie who serves as a role model of what love and friendship in action look like.