I'm so proud of this review from School Library Journal for I Wish. For an author, it's great when a reader--especially a librarian--enjoys and "gets" my book.
Gr 9 Up—You wouldn't wish Lacey Linden's life on anyone. She races
between school, work, home, and the flea market where she hawks her
valuables just to pay the bills. While at the market one day, Lacey buys
a music box for herself in a rare moment of indulgence. She soon
discovers that the music box holds an unexpected surprise: a "Benevolent
Supernatural Being" named Grant. The genie offers her one wish per day
for a month, but the wishes must be humanly possible.
limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex
problems. Lacey cannot simply wish away her debt or her mother's trauma.
This allows the story to remain grounded in the everyday struggles and
relationships of Lacey, her friends, and her family. It is all the
better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic
characters. Lacey's narration alternates with brief status reports from
Grant, a clever device that gives readers insight into the enigmatic
While Lacey and Grant's burgeoning romance is
predictable at times, the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved
questions to have readers wishing the next book was already
available.—Tony Hirt, Hennepin County Library, MN