With the same warmth and fun that readers loved in All the Answers, award-winning author Kate Messner weaves fantasy into the ordinary, giving every reader the opportunity to experience a little magic.
Be careful what you wish for . . .
When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town's frozen lake, she hopes the fish she reels in will help pay for a fancy Irish dancing dress for her upcoming competition. Instead, she catches a talking fish that offers to grant her wishes in exchange for its freedom, and Charlie's world turns upside down, as her wishes go terribly--and hilariously--wrong.
Just as Charlie is finally getting the hang of communicating with a magical fish, a family crisis 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 . . .
Twelve-year-old Charlie a devoted friend, loving sister, enthusiastic Irish dancer, and budding ice fisher has read enough stories to know not to be greedy when making wishes, so she is extra careful when a wish-granting fish turns up at the end of her ice-fishing pole. She isn't always careful, however, to be specific with the wording of her wishes, leading to muddles for her friends and family in this rich and daring novel. What initially seems harmless becomes seriously hurtful when well-meaning Charlie is unable to wish away a loved one's struggle with addiction, and the book takes a hard but important turn from the ordinary fun of middle-school crushes, sibling rivalry, Irish dancing, and fish-wishing into drug abuse and its aftermath. As she did in All the Answers, Messner lightens a heavy theme with a bit of magic (this time the talking fish rather than a talking pencil) while humanizing a growing epidemic and helping readers understand that even "good people make awful mistakes." Ages 8 12.
Could have been better,
Could have been worse.
Recommended for ages 13+
Like I said could have been better.
Not really the best but that’s just my opinion...