Wish by Barbara O’Connor Book Review

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Wish Book Cover

Wish Book Cover

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Book Review

“Wish” by Barbara O’Connor is a touching, New York Times–bestselling story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers. The book follows eleven-year-old Charlie Reese, who 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 heartwarming tale has resonated with readers across different age groups. The book’s relatable characters and emotional depth have made it a favorite among both children and adults. The story beautifully captures the themes of family, friendship, and the unexpected ways in which wishes can come true.

Pros:

  • Engaging and relatable storyline
  • Heartwarming portrayal of the bond between a girl and her dog
  • Emotionally impactful and thought-provoking
  • Well-suited for middle-grade readers
  • Strong themes of friendship and learning from one’s mistakes

Cons:

  • Some readers may find the pacing slow in certain parts of the book
  • Emotional themes may be intense for very young readers

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