My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Charlie is a smart, kind, industrious, talented seventh grader who finds a magic fish while ice fishing with some neighbors. The fish doesn’t want to get caught and offers a wish to the person who returns it to the lake. Her first fish wish kind of gets mixed up, a sort of miscommunication with the fish, Charlie guesses, and she decides to be more precise in her future wish making. 🙂
The book description says “Charlie feels like she’s always coming in last.” Yep. When she has something planned that involves her family’s help, her event gets put on the back burner. That’s what happens time and again. And it happens before her older sister’s addiction problem begins. As a parent, this makes me want to scream. I could think of at least two solutions to the first problem the family had with Charlie’s schedule and commitment. Why didn’t her parents work this out with her? It also involved another student and her schedule. This can be realistic family life, however, that priorities get messed up and problems are not worked out.