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From Publishers Weekly

In this first novel, an orphaned 11-year-old, freed from a torturous life with her aunt, discovers a wishing well when she moves in with her grandfather but quickly learns the danger of getting what you ask for. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6. The lives of a lonely orphan and a wealthy crippled girl become fatefully entwined through a wish made at a forbidden well. A magical fantasy about appearances exchanged and past wrongs set to rights.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689812108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689812101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,572,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever read a really fabulous book about a normal girl who gets involved with a magical wishing well, has tons of adventures, and makes a new friend? If you have, super. Then read another one. If you haven't, then read Well Wished by Franny Billingsly. This book is about a girl named Nuria who lives with her grandfather, the Avy just outside a small village. In the village square there is a wishing well that grants everybody one wish per lifetime. This sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Wrong-o! The wishing well tries as hard as it possibly can to misread your wish; one word off and you're in trouble. There was this one man who wanted to be popular and well known, so he asked to be a pillar of society. He ended up a column in the town square. Nuria's grandfather always warns her not to make a wish, but she really wants a friend. (She doesn't have any friends because all the children in the town were wished away. She didn't get wished away because she lived outside of the town.) Anyway, Nuria's grandfather wishes for Nuria to have a friend and Catty Winter comes back. She and Nuria grow to be close friends. And then, Catty asks Nuria to do something incredibly important for her. To use her once-in-a-lifetime wish to make Catty have strong legs again. (Catty is in a wheelchair.) Nuria gives in, makes the wish and awful stuff starts to happen! This is an exceptional book, it has action, mystery, and humor all wrapped into one, and it even has a moral: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! You should read this book for several reasons. It's a really thrilling book because the main character gets into lots of adventures and you hang on the every last word trying to find out what's going to happen next.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By monkey123 on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well Wished by Franny Billingsley is a good book. The main character is eleven-year-old Nuria Magdelena, who lives in the mountain village of Bishop Mayne with her grandfather, the Avy. In this town there is a Wishing Well, and everyone can have one wish in a lifetime. But the Well is dangerous, and a lot of the wishes backfire. It was one of these wishes that made all of the children in the village disappear, and now the Avy has wished for them to come back. One child returns, Catty Winter, whose legs are crippled. She wants Nuria to make a wish for her to walk again, and Nuria decides to make the wish for her new friend. But the wish backfires, and Nuria and Catty switch bodies. Will Nuria ever find a way to get back to her own body, or will she be stuck in Catty's body forever?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Well Wished is definitly one of my all time favs. It's about a young girl named Nuria, who lives in the mountains with the Avi, and her new friend, Catty. In the town of Bishop Mayne, there is a magical and misterious wishing well with a mind of it's own. Everyone can make a wish, (one per person), but wishes usually go wrong. Once, someone made a wish that made all the kids of the town go away. That is, all except Nuria, who is the only kid left in the town\surrounding area. This is where Catty comes in. She and her family move back to the town of Bishop Mayne, and she and Nuria become friends. Catty, however, has misteriously crippled legs and has to use a wheelchair. Nuria swears to make a wish to return Catty's legs to normal, but I won't ruin the story for you by telling you any more!!!!^^ This is a GREAT story with interesting charecters and, well, DIFFERENT settings. Every chapter unfolds more information and mystery, and will leave you breathless. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED (can't you tell??^^).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a 12 year old girl going into the 7th grade. I read Well Wished and absolutely loved it! I liked it because it was about 2 girls my age, and it had a lot of things in it that I could think in my head, " Wow! I wonder how the author came up with that idea," or "wow cool!" Well that's my review. I would definately recommend this book to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hellen Creek on March 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book earns every one of its stars. Billingsley obviously loves the magic of words, and casts a spell which is beguiling and a little frightening. My 6th grade literature group and I are reading this now, and, while most are enjoying it, a few of my sensitive readers find it "creepy" and I've had one parent concerned about nightmares, seemingly induced by the story. It is a measure of the authors skill, having drawn these readers in to such a degree, but I feel like those who are sensitive readers should have a fair warning here. . . So BEWARE and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Well Wished by Franny Billingsley is a five star book. It was Great. The thing I liked best about this book was how one girl wanted to share her traditions with her friend that was handicapped. There were no illustrations in this book but I could imagine the pictures in my head because of the descriptions. I didn't learn anything new from this book, but it was great anyway I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a very good book. However, I think only people that like "made-up things" would like this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred E. Guy Jr. on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Franny Billingsley has a deep sense of magic, and an exquisite, lyrical voice. The story is upsetting enough to thrill but deeply fair--everything, good or bad, is earned by the characters. I suspect Billingsley has had a beautiful friend and has known adults who spoke to her in high style. And these powerful gifts come through in a very satisfying book for young people. Bravo.
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