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The Wish Stealers Hardcover – January 26, 2010
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Other reviews do a nice job of telling you what the story is about so I'll take a different approach.
I like the aspect of the book that the author explores the choices that Griffin could make. The magic of the pennies give Griffin a power which she can choose to use for good or evil. At first Griffin does a good job of making decisions to help people. Later, she tires of being bullied by a girl who thinks too highly of herself. Griffin loses control and makes a wish to have something bad happen to her nemesis. Griffin realizes that she has made a bad choice and she stops using her power irresponsibly.
Overall, the book has a nice message. It is rather basic and not too in depth, but that is age appropriate.
Possession of these stolen wishes means that one's good wishes will not come true, but it also comes with the evil power of guaranteeing that one's bad wishes against others will come true. How Griffin seeks at the beginning of her 6th grade school year to not only overcome this unwanted inheritance of a "wish stealer" but also to overcome the temptations to use the evil power (especially against that stuck-up Samantha Sloane!) in her attempts to instead become a "wish giver" drive the story.
As the story is told, one is introduced to many interesting characters, including Griff's pregnant mom who is an astronomer as well as her dad, her best friend Libby ("Libbs"), her English and Science teachers Mrs. Gideon and Mr. Luckner, her science partner Garrett Forester ("the cutest boy in sixth grade"), and her wonderful and wise Grandma Penshine. One is also introduced to the literary witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth, historical alchemy and alchemists, Madame Curie, and the Pennies for the Planet organization.Read more ›
I like books that make me think about them later, and this one fits the bill. It is packed with mystery, a sinister character, and a huge lesson on making good choices, not only in what you say and do, but in what you think. I loved that Griffin, the 12 year old girl who has been "gifted" a set of lucky pennies, really struggles with how to use those pennies. Will she use them to wish bad luck on the girls at school who are bullying her, or will she refuse to sink to their level and focus on fulfilling the wishes of the people she loves, and even of strangers she has never met but comes to care for? Well, like many of us, she does both! She makes mistakes, learns from her mistakes, gains some control of her inner "wishes," and determines what type of person she ultimately wants to be.
As a person who didn't quite measure up to the "popular" girls at school, I wish I had had Griffin to look up to. She decides not to focus on hating the cool crowd, but on being a positive influence in her own world. Hooray for Griffin!
She wavered between giving the book 4 or 5 stars, but stuck with 5. She says there are some sad parts, a creepy character, some people that were nice to Griffin, and some that weren't. She says some parts of the story left you hanging and you just HAD to read the next chapter to see what would happen. The main character, Griffin, is a nice girl that tries to do the right thing. I much prefer my daughter reading these type of books, rather than books with mean or cliquish girls.
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I saw this book and read the preview there was a bad suspense so I bought the book. I ended up living it.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
The wish stealers is great motivational book. It is a book that you can take to heart. You really should not let people discourage you from going for your dreams.Published 16 months ago by Janet Nicoll
Griffin Penshine receives a "gift" the last day of summer before her sixth grade year from a slightly terrifying older woman. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christina Thompson
My daughter absolutely loves this book. She read it at school and wanted it for Christmas to be able to reread any time.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer