It's his birthday! Billy Miller is turning 8. So he blows out the candles on his birthday cake and of course, makes a wish. Billy wishes something exciting happen and it's only a matter of ten minutes before the excitement begins... and the fire trucks and ambulance go rushing past his house. Turns out his neighbor, Mr. Tooley, is being taken out on a stretcher.
Billy begins to wonder. Was it Billy's wish - his wish for excitement - that made Mr. Tooley get sick? Is it Billy's fault? If he had made a different wish would Mr. Tooley be okay now?
For the next days and weeks, Billy wonders about the power of his wish. Billy wonders about life and what makes things happen? This is a story about families, sisters, change, about surprises, about accidents and about how some things happen because we make mistakes and some things just happen. You can trust that things will work out.
For every child, boy or girl, who thinks about life, who notices things, who tries to do what's right, this is a gentle, reassuring story.
192 pages 978-0063042797 Ages 7-10
Keywords: boys and men, birthdays, wishes, trust, family, brothers and sisters, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, feelings, humor, family life
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Billy Miller is back! The stand-alone companion to two-time Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes’s award-winning, acclaimed, and bestselling The Year of Billy Miller, Billy Miller Makes a Wish is a laugh-out-loud funny and accessible story about summer, family, and wishes that (almost) come true. A great choice for young middle grade readers.
Billy Miller Makes a Wish is illustrated in black-and-white throughout by the author, and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books and the Clementine series.
On his birthday, Billy Miller wishes for something exciting to happen. But he immediately regrets his wish when an ambulance rushes to his neighbor’s house. Is Billy responsible? Award-winning author Kevin Henkes delivers a short, funny, and emotionally complex novel complete with misplaced love letters, surprising critters, art projects, misguided tattoos—and another surprise for Billy and his family, maybe the best one yet!
Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect novel for the early elementary grades and an essential choice for summer reading. A stand-alone companion to The Year of Billy Miller, a Newbery Honor Book. ---from the publisher