The Resource Wish, Barbara O'Connor

Wish, Barbara O'Connor

Label
Wish
Title
Wish
Statement of responsibility
Barbara O'Connor
Title variation
Wish
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are"--
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award, 2019.
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2019.
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania), Intermediate category, 2018.
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Florida), 2019.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for Elementary School, 2019.
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, Junior Books category, 2018.
Review
  • Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese is heartsick that she's been sent to live with an aunt and uncle she doesn't know in the boondocks of North Carolina, because her dad, Scrappy, is in jail getting "corrected" and her mama can't get up off the couch to care for her. O'Connor (How To Steal a Dog) pens a touching tale of resilience sure to resonate with children who have ever felt like they didn't belong. Charlie feels she doesn't fit in and has built up a tough exterior, which, coupled with a short-tempered fuse, gets her nowhere in her "temporary" home with kind Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus. Charlie resists becoming friends with Howard, an odd but kindhearted boy with an "up down walk" who comes from a boisterous and loving family, which is far from what Charlie is used to. Every day, Charlie has to find something lucky in order to make a wish, a ritual she's done every day since fourth grade, whether it is a bird singing in the rain, or blowing on an eyelash. Feeling kinship with a stray dog, Charlie is overcome with desire to give "Wishbone" the loving home she, too, is desperately searching for. When Wishbone disappears and she is compelled to search for him, Charlie learns there are people worth holding on to and what you wish for may not be what you really want. VERDICT Poignant and genuine, this is a tale that will resonate with readers long after they finish it and have them cheering for the underdogs—both of the two-legged and four-legged varieties.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA --Michele Shaw (Reviewed 08/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 8, p94)
  • Sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Colby, North Carolina, an angry girl makes the same wish daily.Charlie’s daddy’s in jail, her mama stays in bed all day, and her older sister’s living with a friend. Daily, the almost-11 white girl wishes for her broken family to heal. (The many ways she wishes form something of a catalog of folk and family traditions and are delightful all by themselves.) When the social worker sends her to live with Bertha and Gus, Charlie feels like “a loser that nobody wanted” and hates living with total strangers in a hillbilly town. Bertha and Gus, on the other hand, seem truly thrilled to have Charlie with them, even when she’s rude, sulking, or getting into trouble at school. Charlie doesn’t know what to make of affable, white Howard, the class geek, who walks with a limp and befriends her even though she ignores him. With Bertha and Gus, Charlie finds a stable, loving home. With Howard, Charlie finds a steadfast friend who helps her catch a stray dog she names Wishbone. After weeks living with Bertha and Gus, playing with Howard and Wishbone, and slowly fitting into Colby, Charlie learns Mama wants her to come home. But where is home? Speaking in an honest voice revealing her hurt, resentment, and vulnerability, Charlie explains how her wish comes true. A warm, real, and heartfelt tale. (Fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10496938
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Connor, Barbara
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.O217
LC item number
Wi 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Conduct of life
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Conduct of life
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Wish, Barbara O'Connor
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9780374302733
Lccn
2015034459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)928488992
Label
Wish, Barbara O'Connor
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9780374302733
Lccn
2015034459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)928488992

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