Book review: The 11:11 Wish, by Kim Tomsic

Tomsic, Kim. The 11:11 Wish. Katherine Tegen Books, 2018. $16.99. ISBN 9780062654946. 361 pages. Ages 8-12. P7 Q8

Megan moves from Colorado, where she was a nerd at school, to Arizona. She hopes to start over at her new school and to be fun and make friends. On her first day of school, Megan is given a dare, unbeknownst to her, she is placed in the middle of the two school captains, who are rivals. Wanting to be successful at completing the dare, Megan notices a cat clock in a classroom, that reminds her of the magic clock her grandmother had. She makes a wish and also wishes for some magic. The wish starts a series of events that don’t end as she expects them to. The wishes have side effects and rules, which Megan discovers as she uses the magic. When Megan calls her grandmother for advice, she advises her to be careful with magic, but Megan feels she needs the magic to be fun and to make friends. When Megan gets tangled up in magic, her grandmother encourages her to be true to herself. I appreciate the grandmother not fixing it for her. Through it all, Megan finds a way to voice her opinions and to stand up for her friends, all without magic.  A fun engaging story with likable characters, teaching creativity, friendship, loyalty, voicing one’s opinion and honesty. With short chapters and a good pace, it kept my interest and made me wonder what was going to happen next.

Verdict: Easy read, engaging, while teaching a powerful lesson on voicing your opinion and being true to yourself. Recommended for elementary school and middle school libraries.

March 2019 review by Tami Harris.

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