Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted, has fast-paced prose and does not disappoint in this book with her wit and narrative charm. The book was entertaining, the reader sympathizes with the main character as she struggles to reconcile her desires with what's right. Flawed-but-likable Wilma takes the reader through a story with heart, and wraps up with a satisfyingly realistic conclusion.
The Wish receives a Wise rating for its lack of caution-worthy material, and sheer cleverness.
by Gail Carson Levine
Summary: A modern day fairy tail about eighth grader Wilma Sturtz who has suffered unpopularity since an unfortunate classroom incident when her English teacher reads her creative writing assignment out loud. When she helps an old lady on the bus she receives one wish, popularity at school. Unfortunately she might have been too specific with her wish and her time as the school's favorite person is coming to an end.
THEMES: junior high, popularity, modern day fairytale, wise reading, ya for the wise
FOUL LANGUAGE: ZERO occurrences
SOFT LANGUAGE (heard on cable TV): ZERO occurrences
VIOLENCE: ZERO occurrences
SEXUAL CONTENT: There are kissing scenes, but tactfully described.
DRUG USE: ZERO occurrences
BLASPHEMIES: ZERO occurrences of God's name used in vain.
REFERENCES TO AND GENERAL ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD: No mention of God in the story.
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