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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 5n/a5.042116

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets
Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

This title has Common Core connections.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on August 30, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374302731
ISBN-13: 9780374302733
120 Book Reviews
  • zarkinpants
    zarkinpants9 months44 stars
    For a long, long time, Charlie has wanted a regular family, and parents who loved her. But Charlie's mom doesn't even get out of bed anymore, and her dad is called Scrappy because he fights so much. When Scrappy is arrested because he fights so much, Charlie is sent to live in Colby, a little town a long way from her old home Raleigh, where her sister tells her are many hillbilly kids. Charlie is convinced that she will have a bad time until she meets Howard, a boy with an up-down walk. Also, she meets a dog named Wishbone. Will she Colby become her new home forever, or will she be sent back to Raleigh?
    • xmarcelax
      xmarcelax10 months44 stars
      I want to read it! It sounds like it's a good book!
      • layer
        layer11 months
        It was a great book to read it was a book about this girl who had to move in with people she didn't know them also she finds lost dog who was homeless and she took care of it
        • hat123455678
          hat12345567812 months
          The book was about this girl who had to go to someone house that she didn't know and the end she finds a dog and called her wish
          • wishanna
            wishanna12 months44 stars
            I love this book I only just started it but so far it is great I really recommend
            • dolphinqueen18
              dolphinqueen18over 1 year44 stars
              Love it
              • angelinad
                angelinadover 1 year44 stars
                Bravo Barbara O'Connor!
                • live1357
                  live1357over 1 year55 stars
                  I loved this book. I also have it on my battle of the books!!!!!!!
                  • lowkey_amy
                    lowkey_amyover 1 year22 stars
                    I really don't like it that much
                    • jkbear
                      jkbearover 1 year55 stars
                      I really recommend this book to people. This is a great book