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The Resource The wishmakers, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Jessica Warrick

The wishmakers, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Jessica Warrick

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The wishmakers
Title
The wishmakers
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Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Jessica Warrick
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Language
eng
Summary
Ace unwittingly releases a genie from a peanut butter jar and gets unlimited wishes that he must learn to use with their consequences before all the world's cats and dogs turn into zombies who will eat mankind
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  • Grades 4-7 Ace has no memory of his life before age nine, and he longs to know about his family. When he discovers a genie in a peanut butter jar, he thinks he might finally get his wish, but he quickly learns that each wish carries a less-than-desirable consequence. He also neglected to notice that opening the jar locked him into being a Wishmaker, and as such he must complete a difficult mission that will determine the fate of the world. As he and Ridge (his genie) race to accomplish their quest, he encounters two other Wishmakers on different quests, seemingly at odds with his own, and wonders if anyone can win. With only a week to complete their tasks, the three kids crisscross the U.S. by car, train, plane, and boat, going from one bizarre, frenetic adventure to another, and always facing some strange consequences for the wishes they use. Light on plot, setting, and characterization, but full of magic, this madcap series starter will appeal to middle-schoolers hoping for weird humor in their books. -- Petty, J. B. (Reviewed 11/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 6, p56)
  • Gr 3–6—A perfunctory magical adventure series starter from the author of the "Janitors" series. Ace was just trying to make a sandwich, but rather than peanut butter, the jar he opens contains a young genie named Ridge. Releasing Ridge binds Ace into a seven-day quest to save the world. Ace and Ridge soon team up with another wishmaker and genie set, Tina and Vale, who are on their own world-saving quest; the foursome ends up crisscrossing the country in pursuit of an evil adult ex-wishmaker and his beleaguered wishmaker son. There is a twist on traditional genie lore in this title: wishes are unlimited for the duration of the quest, but each wish comes with a clear consequence to the wishmaker. The wishmaker then has 30 seconds to decide if the benefit of the wish outweighs the inconvenience, humiliation, or pain of the sometimes-permanent consequence. Unfortunately, while this premise is interesting, the characters are less so. Ace is a generic protagonist who is mostly unsympathetic despite having a mysterious backstory. There's no sense of excitement in the quest that Ace is forced into, and he barely wonders at the magic that is revealed to him. The attempts to inject humor into some of the less dire wish consequences falls flat. Ridge is described as having dark skin, Martina "Tina" Gomez is described as speaking Spanish in one scene, and one other genie is guessed to be Polynesian by Ace, but the other characters' race or ethinic backgrounds are not specified. VERDICT Too frustrating to be fun, but too glib to be taken seriously, with an ending that leaves a lot unresolved questions.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library --Kacy Helwick (Reviewed 10/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 10, p98)
  • /* Starred Review */ In a tumultuous opener, young Ace opens a peanut-butter jar and finds himself saddled with an inexperienced genie and a desperate mission to save the world. Without getting into the deeper meaning of it all (as yet, anyway), Whitesides concocts an ingenious premise. Ace, a white foster child with no memory of his real name or life before age 9, learns that he has a week to prevent a certain someone from opening a magic jar or see humankind exterminated by zombie cats and dogs. He gets as many wishes as he wants, but each comes with a balancing "consequence" that can range, depending on the scale of the wish, from permanent fish breath to the temporary loss of an arm to the death of everyone he's ever met. The dark-skinned, T-shirt and shorts-clad genie, Ridge, is there not to grant wishes (that's done by the Universe) but to explain their consequences beforehand. As if the well-known hazards of hastily formulated wishes—and the burgeoning, often hilarious consequences—weren't complications enough, the author trucks in challenges like armies of stone men and malign stuffed animals, plus other young Wishmakers—notably demonstrably smarter Latina age-mate Martina Gomez—with convergent but possibly conflicting quests of their own. Art not seen. Narrow squeaks aplenty amid high hilarity, with a climactic twist that will leave readers fervently wishing for the sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10620374
Cataloging source
RV8
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitesides, Tyler
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
680L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Warrick, Jessica
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True
Series statement
The Wishmakers
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wishes
  • Jinn
  • Good and evil
  • Wishes
  • Genies
  • Good and evil
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • Good and evil
  • Jinn
  • Wishes
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The wishmakers, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Jessica Warrick
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1924163
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780062568311
Lccn
2017949556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062568311
  • (OCoLC)1023802078
Label
The wishmakers, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Jessica Warrick
Publication
Copyright
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
1924163
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780062568311
Lccn
2017949556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062568311
  • (OCoLC)1023802078

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