Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WISH YOU WEREN'T REVIEW AND THE FIRST DAY OF FALL

Happy First Day of Fall for those that live in the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumn Equinox is one of two times each year when the sun crosses the equator and the days and nights are approximately equal in length.

Star light, star bright, wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

I have no idea who wrote this, it just popped into my head, and I remembered saying it when I was a kid. And it goes along with today's story by Author Sherrie Peterson about a boy that made a wish and wished he hadn't.




WISH YOU WEREN’T Review

By Sherrie Petersen

 

Have you ever wished on a star? Did your wish come true, or were you happy that it didn’t?

 

In WISH YOU WEREN’T, middle grade novel by Author Sherrie Petersen, almost twelve-year-old Marten is outside the hotel where his family is vacationing, watching the Perseids Meteor Shower with his mom, six-year-old brother Aldrin, and friend Paul. When Aldrin breaks Marten’s Han Solo action figure, the figure that belonged to Marten’s father when he was a boy, Marten is furious and he wishes on a shooting star that his brother wasn’t there. His wish doesn’t come true, of course, none of his ever do. At least not at first.

 

Then the family visits the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, and while his parents are off to a meeting Aldrin is causing trouble one minute, and the next minute he’s gone, vanished into thin air. What follows is a mystery, a fantasy, and the story of a boy who makes some amazing discoveries about his family and also about himself.

 

The characters are well-developed and for the most part act as kids their ages would act. Aldrin, being the baby of the family, sometimes gets away with things that add to the sibling rivalry. Marten thinks he’s being taken advantage of when Mom asks him to take care of his brother. They’re just a family trying to survive.

 

As the reader travels back in time with Marten, the author introduces interesting facts about the universe, and at the end provides links to other astronomical sites. A fun story that young readers should enjoy. I recommend this book for school libraries and public libraries, as well as your own private library.

 

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Happy Reading!

12 comments:

  1. Great review Beverly, enjoyed the read. I also wish everyone a Happy first day of Fall.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. I like the fall season. The days start cooling off and the trees are so colorful, except the mesquites that don't change.
      Have a nice day.

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  2. I saw that book on another site. Sounds like a good read for boys. (And there aren't many out there.)

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    1. Jess posted a review of the book, Alex, and I imagine other people have too. It is a great story for boys.

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  3. Nice to learn and read in a good story. Can't say I ever bothered wishing on a star though haha

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    1. Gee, Pat, your wishes might have come true. :)

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  4. I remember wishing on a star as a kid with that exact mantra you posted--and I actually thought my wishes would come true if I did that! They didn't. This sounds like an interesting book.

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    1. The young have wonderful imaginations and believe easily, I think, Stephanie. Too bad they have to grow up and discover it's not always true.

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  5. Happy first day of fall! So glad you enjoyed Wish You Weren't. A book that definitely makes us think about our wishes! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It is an adorable story, Jess. And you're right. That old saying "Be careful what you wish for..." is true. :)

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  6. Great review, Beverly. It sounds like a terrific story and one to which kids can easily relate.

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    1. Thanks, Karin. It is a fun story with some surprises, which kids should love.

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