- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Wishing Day
- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1504732782
- ISBN-13: 978-1504732789
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Thirteen-year-old Natasha is a responsible girl. The eldest in a family of girls, she is the one who has tried to keep things going since her mom left several years earlier. After moving in with their aunts, the girls kept going as well as could be expected. But now it is Natasha's Wishing Day—the third Wednesday after her 13th birthday. It's a town tradition for the girls to trudge up to the old willow tree on the hill, duck the canopy, and make three wishes. This is no fairy tale land; this is the real world. But unlike her sister Darya or her best friend, Molly, Natasha wants to believe in the magic—the magic that might make her life a little easier. After she makes her wishes, some things do seem to change, but are they because of the tree? Beyond a family or friendship story, issues of mental illness, homelessness, and what it means to be a girl are explored without tipping into the realm of overt message. Natasha's growing pains are real, and while the circumstances of her family make them more acute, the magical realism within the pages adds a lambent quality to the narrative. VERDICT This unique coming-of-age story with an ardent protagonist belongs in all middle grade collections.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“Lauren Myracle’s Wishing Day is pure magic! A delightful read from start to finish.” (Lisa Greenwald, author of Pink & Green is the New Black)
“Beyond a family or friendship story, issues of mental illness, homelessness, and what it means to be a girl are explored...the magical realism within the pages adds a lambent quality to the narrative. This unique coming-of-age story belongs in all middle grade collections.” (School Library Journal)
“Myracle lets the reader decide whether magic is really coming into play. The touch of fantasy seems more believable because the story is so firmly grounded in realistic details of setting, character, and plot. This is Myracle’s narrative sweet spot.” (Booklist)
“Grounded firmly in present-day middle school life, this has just enough magic to be unsettling and keep readers engaged. Natasha and her sisters, pretty Darya and creative Ava, are clearly drawn, believable characters...readers will be eager to see where her story goes.” (Kirkus)
“Concentrating on the idea that ‘beneath the ordinary world lies a hidden world,’ Myracle infuses enchantment into a heartwarming and well-written tale of sisters navigating a world without their mother.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Heart! Humor! Sisterhood! Magic! Myracle’s new book has it all. My three wishes? World peace and two more Wishing Day novels.” (Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series and coauthor of Upside Down Magic) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
My only problem with this story is the ending. It simply stopped in mid sentence. At first I was horrified (and a bit heartbroken) but then learned it was the first of a series (This was not explained at the end of the book).
As a writer myself I know most people don't like a book in a series to end slam against a blank wall like this. I hope Ms Myracle has taken note of this from her other reviews. Her writing is excellent, but her transition left a lot to be desired.
Another issue I have with this book is the main character's attitude. Natasha acts very selfishly, even if she pretends that she's constantly putting others first. In her defense, she does try to make things right eventually, but she did annoy me. I especially didn't care for the way the boy situation was handled. She was super rude! Again, though, she eventually does the right thing, and comes to the right conclusions, but my heart hurt for the way she initially handled things.
Back to the boy issue. Through a large chunk of the book, she's crushing hard on a boy. I know this is typical for almost every 13 year old girl out there, but I want girls to read books at that age that lets them know there's SO much more to life than boys. The world could be a much better place if young girls spent as much time and energy on worthy projects, as opposed to crushing on boys. ;)
Aside from my issues, I really did enjoy reading this book. I tend to love magical realism type of books, and I did enjoy that part of this one. I'm guessing attitudes and relationships will be fixed by the final book, but it'll be awhile before I know for sure.
*There is one word of mild profanity.
The sisters at the heart of this tale are all well developed and engaging. Young readers will find it easy to relate to Natasha and her struggles to break out of her role as the dependable one. She's trying to discover herself amidst a family situation filled with mystery, so it will come as no surprise to readers that she has problems that aren't all that easy to solve. Perhaps my favorite part of this novel is the relationship between the sisters. They are all so different yet they support each other in surprising ways.
This is a story filled with unique characters, beautiful writing, and dialogue that sings with authenticity. The story just didn't capture me as I felt that the author just didn't use the magic in this tale to it's advantage. I found myself bored with this tale, and wondering at the end why all of these wonderful characters were gathered and then not given anything all that interesting to do. I was not able to buy into the mythology, so in the end The Wishing Day was only just okay.
The publisher donated this book to my library for review - all opinions are my own.