The Resource Secondhand wishes, Anna Staniszewski

Secondhand wishes, Anna Staniszewski

Label
Secondhand wishes
Title
Secondhand wishes
Statement of responsibility
Anna Staniszewski
Title variation
Secon hand wishes
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Middle-schooler Lexi has always tried to keep the chaos under control by keeping to a carefully planned schedule, but today things have just gone wrong: her little brother is back in the hospital because of his twisted-up insides, she is late for school, and her best friend Cassa is hanging out with the new girl; but when she finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop and wishes that Cassa would stop talking to Marina, and it actually happens...she begins to believe in the magic--and mostly her wishes work, just not quite as anticipated, and suddenly she has new levels of chaos to deal with
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 With her four-year-old brother in the hospital again and her parents worried about money, Lexi feels extra pressure to make things go right at school and at home. Superstitious by nature, she’s delighted to find a cast-off set of wishing stones labeled Friendship, Health, Family, and Success. Gradually, she starts using them, first to keep her longtime best friend from drifting away, and next to ensure her brother’s recovery. Her wishes come sort of true, but usually bizarre twists complicate matters, and Lexi wonders whether she can count on magic to solve her problems. Still, when she finds a fifth stone, Luck, the temptation to set things right proves irresistible. Lexi’s first-person narrative offers a very readable account of a seventh-grader’s thoughts, emotions, and insecurities as she deals with stress on several fronts. An intergenerational subplot serves to fill in the backstory of the wishing stones, while offering sidelights on Lexi and her dilemmas. A middle-grade chapter book with a likable protagonist and just a hint of magic. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p58)
  • Be careful what you wish on. Lexi Block has tried to bargain with the universe: She hopes that doing everything right will keep her sickly younger brother well. But things are going wrong. Previously a model student, seventh-grader Lexi struggles with new ways of doing math and earns several surprising detentions. Worse, 4-year-old Austin has had to have another stomach surgery. To top it off, Lexi's longtime best friend, Cassa, seems to be paying more attention to new student Marina, who's traveled to places Cassa only dreams about. It's no wonder Lexi, who helps in Cassa's mom's antiques store after school because she enjoys the process of putting things in order, turns to the wishing stones she finds in a bag of donations. These wishes have unpredictable consequences. Lexi is a believable seventh-grader with some interesting quirks. Cassa, who wants to spend time with her father overseas, realizes her routine-loving friend would have difficulty with that major change, so she tries to make some minor ones, but Lexi is predictably hurt. Communication between the two girls breaks down just as Lexi begins to spend more time with a previously distant aunt. When the four-leaf clovers Lexi has been buying from another classmate turn out to have been frauds, she begins to try to make her own luck, just as he had suggested. These characters are assumed white. In spite of some improbable coincidences, this will satisfy middle-grade readers who want to believe that wishes can come true. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10759706
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Staniszewski, Anna
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Wishes
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Children with disabilities
  • Best friends
  • Responsibility
  • Magic
  • Wishes
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Family life
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Responsibility
  • Best friends
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Children with disabilities
  • Magic
  • Responsibility
  • Wishes
  • JUVENILE FICTION / General
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Secondhand wishes, Anna Staniszewski
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1034589261
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781338280173
Lccn
2018044109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1034589261
Label
Secondhand wishes, Anna Staniszewski
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1034589261
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781338280173
Lccn
2018044109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1034589261

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