Gabbie was reading Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper and at first, she couldn’t quite get into it. However, once she got further along and eventually finished the book, she loved it so much that she wanted me to read it too! Interestingly, the main character in the story is reading a book that she too can’t quite get into! Although this book is marked as 4th-6th grade reading level, I enjoyed it very much myself.
“When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash’s carefully constructed life upside down. While every part of Ash’s life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone’s old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.“
The wish jar and the supernatural portions of the book were not my favorites, but they did provide a way to show both Ash and the reader a story from the past. What I enjoyed most about the book were the relationships between Ash and her mother as well as the relationship that Ash developed with Claire. The mysteries of the connections in the book kept me guessing, and I enjoyed their reveals at the end of the story.
What have you been reading lately?