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The wish stealers, by Tracy Trivas

Label
The wish stealers
Title
The wish stealers
Statement of responsibility
by Tracy Trivas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sixth-grader Griffin Penshine has always believed wishes can come true, and so when a strange woman curses her with a box of pennies, Griffin fears her evil desires will come true until she returns each penny to the person who first wished upon it
Review
  • Gr. 4-7 Given a box of old pennies by an elderly crone, sixth-grader Griffin Penshine very nearly becomes a wish stealer (someone who tramples on other’s dreams and whose own evil thoughts come true). Only by returning the wishes to their owners or someone else in need can Griffin avoid becoming evil herself. Juggling her need to pass on the coins with more normal concerns—friendship, a science-fair project, and her music—Griffin also worries about the baby her mother carries and her beloved, ailing grandmother. This witch’s brew of premise and complications is stirred up with chapter-ending quotations about everything from wishes and dreams to saving the world. Earnest and basically good, Griffin is an appealing protagonist; readers will sympathize with her efforts and cheer her hard-won ability to ignore the taunts of a trio of stereotypical mean girls. The author’s good intentions are evident in the too-frequent adult advice and the happy ending, which includes raising money to save rain forests; but middle-graders may enjoy the concoction. -- Isaacs, Kathleen (Reviewed 12-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number , p)
  • Gr 4–6— The day before her first day in middle school, Griffin Penshine is tricked into accepting a box of lucky pennies from a mysterious old woman. A note in the box explains that the coins are all wishes stolen from a fountain more than 70 years ago. Griffin is now unwillingly a Wish Stealer, and in order to avoid the fate that accompanies that title, she must return the pennies to the original owners or to someone who has a similar desire. Short chapters keep the story moving, and an inspirational quote or adage, often about wishes or dreams, follows each one. Unfortunately, Griffin learns that she must return the wishes from a too-convenient chapter in a book that practically falls into her lap. More successful are her experiences as she navigates slights by the school's popular crowd and organizes a fundraiser to collect money for saving rainforests. While the wish-stealing theme is better developed in Frances Hardinge's Well Witched (HarperCollins, 2007), Trivas's accessible novel encourages readers to be proactive in following their dreams and in helping others to fulfill their wishes.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --Amanda Raklovits (Reviewed March 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 3, p168)
  • Wish-obsessed sixth-grader Griffin Penshine's life changes dramatically following a chance encounter with an evil old woman, who curses her with a gift of 11 Indian Head pennies. Each penny represents a wish stolen from a wishing fountain, and the curse says that the person holding the stolen wishes will never have a good wish come true (bad ones will, though). To break the curse, the wishes must be returned to those who originally made them, or to another person who has made the same wish. Trivas, in her children's debut, does a reasonable job of navigating the oddities of the curse along with Griffin's more typical concerns, like boys and being snubbed by a popular classmate (“She started to wish the party was ruined or that no one showed up or—NO, NO, NO, I DO NOT WISH THAT! Do I? ”). Some details seem out of tune—Griffin idolizes Janis Joplin and Michelle Shocked, names unlikely to strike a chord with the Jonas Brothers generation. But readers will easily connect with other elements, such as Griffin's close relationship with her grandmother and her optimistic determination. Ages 8–12. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 21, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 51, p61)
  • An upbeat Kansas girl finesses her own destiny when a bizarre curse turns her life into a nightmare. Sixth-grader Griffin Penshine "was always wishing" until a malevolent crone named Mariah tricks her into accepting 11 shiny pennies labeled with wishes stolen from a fountain decades earlier. Within an hour a horrible curse envelops Griffin. Witchy women cross her path. A tornado rips through town. As the new "wish stealer," Griffin's own good wishes never come true while her evil wishes flourish—unless she can reverse the curse by restoring the original wishes. Motivated to protect her family and friends, Griffin moves from victim to victor as she creatively transforms bad luck into good by sponsoring a successful "Pennies for the Planet" fundraiser. While Trivas's reliance on supernatural devices and extreme meteorological events feels phony, subplots involving Griffin and her middle-school friends and foes prove credible. Inspirational aphorisms closing each chapter, some credited ("Follow your bliss," from Joseph Campbell, for instance), reinforce the very pervasive wish theme. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
342793
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Trivas, Tracy
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
LC call number
PZ7.T7376
LC item number
Wis 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wishes
  • Coins
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Supernatural
  • Schools
  • Family life
  • Sixth-grade girls
  • Girls
  • Coins
  • Pennies
  • Wishes
  • Coins
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Paranormal fiction
  • Schools
  • Families
  • Kansas
  • Kansas
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The wish stealers, by Tracy Trivas
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
283 p.
Isbn
9781416987253
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009042742
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn470818485
  • (OCoLC)470818485
Label
The wish stealers, by Tracy Trivas
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
283 p.
Isbn
9781416987253
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009042742
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn470818485
  • (OCoLC)470818485

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