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Wishful Thinking Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 1, 2011

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Book 2 of 2 in the Wish Series

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Gr 8 Up-The author of Wish (Scholastic, 2010) has created another mysterious fairy tale with strong, down-to-earth characters and an intriguing plot. On her 18th birthday, Hazel is given the name of her birth mother. She tracks her down and prepares to meet her for the first time. She has a dress altered, but when she puts it on, she sees that it isn't the one she had dropped off. She arrives at the fund-raiser Rosanna Scott is hosting, only to find that the woman has died. Shocked and upset, Hazel scrambles to the ferry, wishing that she had gotten to know her first and finds a note explaining that she has three magical dresses that will grant her wishes. She has unknowingly just made her first one. Hazel arrives on Martha's Vineyard, 18 years earlier, where she meets Rosanna, only to discover that she is not her mother after all. Instead her mother is a pregnant teen who lives with Rosanna. While there, Hazel falls in love with Luke and must decide whether to remain where she is or return to her own time. Bullen has done an outstanding job of pulling off the magic and realism to create a compelling novel that has love, mystery, and adventure. Time travel can always be tricky but the author has executed it well. The book ends with the first dress waiting for another needy girl to find it, thus hinting at a sequel.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Praise for Alexandra Bullen's WISH:

"Bullen delivers an enticing first novel . . . she makes the sights of San Francisco come alive in this sweet story of siblings determined to remain inseparable." - Publishers Weekly

"Touching. . . . Readers [will be] rooting for Olivia to find her own voice and step into the sun." - Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wish (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545139074
  • ASIN: B005DI8V28
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,881,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's probably not surprising that Hazel Snow feels a bit aimless as she approaches her last summer before college. After all, she has spent most of her life feeling this way. Adopted as an infant only to have her adoptive mother die in a fire when she was still a baby, Hazel has been raised (if that's the right word) by a series of foster families and by Roy, her less-than-reliable sort-of stepdad. She's not sure if she wants to go to New York City for college or stay at home in San Francisco; she's not sure if she would like to be a photographer or something else entirely; and she's not sure if her feelings for her goofy classmate Jasper signify friendship or something else.

But all of Hazel's aimlessness and indecision suddenly come into focus when she receives a surprise envelope on her 18th birthday. Inside is her birth certificate and the name of her birth mother. At once, Hazel is on a mission to locate her birth mother, to perhaps find the home she's always felt she lacked. But when her plan backfires heartbreakingly, she is left with nothing but a beautiful dress and a lingering wish to have the chance to know her birth mother, a wish that seems impossible now.

Or is it? Thanks to the magical powers of the mysterious dress she has found, Hazel finds herself whisked back to the year of her birth and to the other side of the country, amid the artistic inhabitants and "summer people" of Martha's Vineyard. There she finally comes to know the woman whose name appears on her birth certificate, while also learning how to fit into a makeshift community, making difficult friendships and even falling in love. She learns more than one surprising secret and even discovers more about her past --- and her future --- than she ever could have thought possible.
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When Hazel turns 18, her stepfather hands her an envelope. It doesn't contain a birthday card, though, but instead includes the name of her birth mother. More than anything, Hazel wants to belong somewhere. After her adoptive mother died when she was just a baby, she's either been with her stepfather or in foster care.

After doing some research, Hazel realizes that her birth mother lives in the same city. And she's having an art opening - tonight. Hazel knows that she has the perfect opportunity to meet her. She takes her only dress to a seamstress to fix the gaping hole in order to wear it to the opening.

The seamstress, although gruff at first, tells her to come back in a few hours. When Hazel returns, she rushes off to the event, bringing along her dress to change in the bathroom. But she's shocked to realize that the dress she pulls out of the garment bag isn't the same one she dropped off. Without time to rectify the situation, Hazel immediately puts on the dress.

And when she arrives at the party, she uncovers devastating news.

Hazel doesn't realize that any wish she makes while wearing the dress will be granted. More than anything, she wants the chance to meet her mother. Will her wishes work in her favor?

As the companion novel to WISH, WISHFUL THINKING takes another girl dealing with heartache and tries to make her dreams come true. I love the idea of three different gorgeous dresses for each wish granted, and I enjoyed watching Hazel attempt to uncover clues to her past while hiding her own secret. This is a wonderful book about one magical summer and a girl discovering herself.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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This story starts with somewhat the same premise as the author's book Wish. In each, a likable girl who is full of sadness takes a dress to a little shop in San Francisco to get it repaired. Each one gets three new dresses instead, with an admonition that there is a wish attached to each dress. They must be used wisely, can't be global and the same wish can't be used twice. I'm amazed that the same plot element can morph into two very different books that are warm, intriguing and endearing.

Eighteen year old Hazel Snow was given up for adoption at birth. The woman who adopted her died in a fire at the restaurant she owned when Hazel was less than a year old. Lonely and wanting a mother or some sort of family, she's lived with her adoptive step dad who's tried to be there for her, but has never quite recovered from his wife's death. When Hazel receives her birth certificate, she starts searching for the woman named as her mother. Surprise, the woman is wealthy and lives in San Francisco. When Hazel learns she's doing an art show in town, she takes a dress in for repairs so she can attend. She arrives, wearing the first of the magic dresses, only to discover the woman just died of cancer. Her first wish, made on the ferry she takes to return home, is that she can get to know her mom.

Hazel wakes up eighteen years earlier on a different ferry, as it pulls into Martha's Vineyard. The first two people she meets are teens her age, the guy, warm and friendly, the girl, pretty prickly. They tell her how to find the estate of the woman she believes is her real mother. What follows is part love story, part coming of age and a lot of learning to love and let go even when it really hurts. Hazel has to use her other two wishes in ways that benefit others, but in the end she's the real winner. This is a great book to offer teens who come from foster care, were adopted or have a sense of loss.
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