Be careful what you wish for . . .
Becky Seville is excited when she finds her hard-to-buy-for family the perfect Christmas gift: a self-help book about using positive thinking to make dreams come true. All they have to do is write their greatest wishes at the front of the book and then follow the instructions. She even buys a copy for herself to get a date with her gorgeous new neighbor. Her family agrees that this year is going to be different; they are no longer going to let fear hold them back from achieving their goals. The Sevilles are on their way to having everything they’ve ever wanted—or so Becky thinks.
But when everything starts going wrong, Becky realizes that just because you wish for something doesn’t mean you’re ready for the consequences of having it granted.
Becky's supposedly ideal Christmas gift for her family generates unexpected conflicts. In PW 's words, ``With precisely etched characters, this affecting and tender novel presents a perfect blend of humor and dramatic tension.'' Ages 12-up.