Wish Stealers

Wish Stealers

The Wish Stealers is a treasure of magic, wishes, and lucky Indian head pennies. However, some pennies can be unlucky, as Griffin Penshine soon finds out. After meeting a very old lady in an antique shop, Griffin becomes the new caretaker of a box of "lucky" pennies. The lady warns Griffin that the pennies are wishes stolen from people years before, and that the holder of the wishes must return them to their rightful owner or be forever cursed. If Griffin tells anyone about the unlucky box, she will never have any of her wishes come true again. And, she can't throw away the pennies or the box.

Griffin only wishes for a few things: she wants to be the best bass guitar player in history. She wishes her grandmother's health will improve, and that her mother will deliver a healthy baby.

But a wish stealer's good wishes never come true--only her bad wishes happen. How will Griffin outsmart the curse of the pennies? And how can she, a sixth grader, achieve the hardest penny of all: World Peace? The Wish Stealers is a fun read with real humor and whimsy.

Half mystery, half comedy, this novel is sure to delight girls ages 9-13. Readers of the Ramona series will like Griffin Penshine.

Recommended for collections--grades 4-7. 281 pages

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Pamela Thompson, MLIS
Library Media Specialist
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School


In this book a young girl loves to make wishes, but finds herself tricked into taking a box of shiny Indian Head pennies by an old woman. She discovers that by possessing this box she is now a wish stealer living under a curse. Her wishes no longer come true, but instead the opposite happens.  In order to remove the curse, she must return the stolen wishes. Her quest takes her on an interesting journey to find the people who never got their wish while fighting the temptation to use the power of the wish stealer.

ISBN: 978-1416987260

Recommended by: Emma McDonald, Inspiring Teachers, Texas, USA

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