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Sixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different, that she were somewhere else, someone else. Her foster mother wants her gone, she's stuck taking care of the other kids in the house, she longs to become closer to her foster father, and the only cool people around refuse to acknowledge her. Then Lana stumbles into Miss Hekkity's mysterious shop, and she begins to realize that she might actually have the power to change things — to make some of her wishes come true. But wishing isn't always as harmless as it seems....

Award-winning authors Laura and Tom McNeal weave a warmhearted and suspenseful story about the power — and danger — of a wish.

Review:

"This latest offering from the husband-and-wife team (Zipped) brims with affecting characters and an eerie plotline, colored by elements of the supernatural. Sixteen years old, headstrong and without parents, Lana Morris finds herself in a foster home full of 'Snicks' (special needs kids) who are tenderly portrayed with a multitude of quirks. Their foster mother, Veronica, is hostile toward Lana, however, because Lana has a crush on Veronica's compassionate husband, Whit. In several disconcertingly romantic scenes, Whit takes advantage of Lana's misplaced affections in the interest of, in his words, 'decoding' her. One of Lana's few lifelines to the outside world is Chet, her sympathetic neighbor. Lana hopes to break into his social circle of outcasts, riding in the trunk of their car to escape her routine. During one outing, Lana buys a box of paper that she comes to believe is the canvas on which she can redraw her life — a liberating idea. When Lana sketches a portrait of Veronica, her foster mother demands she erase it. Lana only gets as far as erasing one of Veronica's arms — the very arm Veronica loses soon after in a traffic accident. The sense of power Lana experiences through her sketches escalates — as do the results, which quickly spin out of control. Lana emerges as a fully formed heroine; while some of the choices she makes may frustrate readers, her generosity and compassion for the 'Snicks' should win her many fans. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'This latest offering from the husband-and-wife team (Zipped) brims with affecting characters and an eerie plotline, colored by elements of the supernatural. Sixteen years old, headstrong and without parents, Lana Morris finds herself in a foster home full of 'Snicks' (special needs kids) who are tenderly portrayed with a multitude of quirks. Their foster mother, Veronica, is hostile toward Lana, however, because Lana has a crush on Veronica's compassionate husband, Whit. In several disconcertingly romantic scenes, Whit takes advantage of Lana's misplaced affections in the interest of, in his words, 'decoding' her. One of Lana's few lifelines to the outside world is Chet, her sympathetic neighbor. Lana hopes to break into his social circle of outcasts, riding in the trunk of their car to escape her routine. During one outing, Lana buys a box of paper that she comes to believe is the canvas on which she can redraw her life — a liberating idea. When Lana sketches a portrait of Veronica, her foster mother demands she erase it. Lana only gets as far as erasing one of Veronica's arms — the very arm Veronica loses soon after in a traffic accident. The sense of power Lana experiences through her sketches escalates — as do the results, which quickly spin out of control. Lana emerges as a fullyformed heroine; while some of the choices she makes may frustrate readers, her generosity and compassion for the 'Snicks' should win her many fans. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"If the reader can suspend disbelief, accept the magic and enjoy the oddness of the likeable cast of characters, including the neighbor boy Chet's basic good-heartedness, this is a good story about finding self and the essential sweetness of life among the dross that surrounds it." KLIATT

About the Author

Laura and Tom McNeal, winners of the PEN Center USA Literary Book Award for Zipped and the California Book Award for Crooked, live with their two young sons in Southern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375831065
Author:
Laura McNeal and Tom McNeal
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
Laura and Tom McNeal
Author:
McNeal, Laura
Author:
McNeal, Tom
Author:
Laura and Tom McNeal
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
foster care;drawing;wishes;fantasy;disabilities;young adult;foster homes;magic;high school
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44x5.91x1.09 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This latest offering from the husband-and-wife team (Zipped) brims with affecting characters and an eerie plotline, colored by elements of the supernatural. Sixteen years old, headstrong and without parents, Lana Morris finds herself in a foster home full of 'Snicks' (special needs kids) who are tenderly portrayed with a multitude of quirks. Their foster mother, Veronica, is hostile toward Lana, however, because Lana has a crush on Veronica's compassionate husband, Whit. In several disconcertingly romantic scenes, Whit takes advantage of Lana's misplaced affections in the interest of, in his words, 'decoding' her. One of Lana's few lifelines to the outside world is Chet, her sympathetic neighbor. Lana hopes to break into his social circle of outcasts, riding in the trunk of their car to escape her routine. During one outing, Lana buys a box of paper that she comes to believe is the canvas on which she can redraw her life — a liberating idea. When Lana sketches a portrait of Veronica, her foster mother demands she erase it. Lana only gets as far as erasing one of Veronica's arms — the very arm Veronica loses soon after in a traffic accident. The sense of power Lana experiences through her sketches escalates — as do the results, which quickly spin out of control. Lana emerges as a fully formed heroine; while some of the choices she makes may frustrate readers, her generosity and compassion for the 'Snicks' should win her many fans. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'This latest offering from the husband-and-wife team (Zipped) brims with affecting characters and an eerie plotline, colored by elements of the supernatural. Sixteen years old, headstrong and without parents, Lana Morris finds herself in a foster home full of 'Snicks' (special needs kids) who are tenderly portrayed with a multitude of quirks. Their foster mother, Veronica, is hostile toward Lana, however, because Lana has a crush on Veronica's compassionate husband, Whit. In several disconcertingly romantic scenes, Whit takes advantage of Lana's misplaced affections in the interest of, in his words, 'decoding' her. One of Lana's few lifelines to the outside world is Chet, her sympathetic neighbor. Lana hopes to break into his social circle of outcasts, riding in the trunk of their car to escape her routine. During one outing, Lana buys a box of paper that she comes to believe is the canvas on which she can redraw her life — a liberating idea. When Lana sketches a portrait of Veronica, her foster mother demands she erase it. Lana only gets as far as erasing one of Veronica's arms — the very arm Veronica loses soon after in a traffic accident. The sense of power Lana experiences through her sketches escalates — as do the results, which quickly spin out of control. Lana emerges as a fullyformed heroine; while some of the choices she makes may frustrate readers, her generosity and compassion for the 'Snicks' should win her many fans. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If the reader can suspend disbelief, accept the magic and enjoy the oddness of the likeable cast of characters, including the neighbor boy Chet's basic good-heartedness, this is a good story about finding self and the essential sweetness of life among the dross that surrounds it."
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