5 Minutes for Books: The Wish Stealers

by Jennifer Donovan

Looking up at the night sky always held the allure of possibility for me as a child. The possibility of a secret wish granted simply in exchange for a softly whispered “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…” rhyme. The magic of it lasted well past my young childhood, and I can’t deny trying it once or twice as an adult either. (You never know.) With these memories in mind, I approached the new middle grade novel The Wish Stealers with a smile on my face.

In Tracy Trivas’ first children’s novel, we encounter a world in which wishes are truly powerful, and it isn’t always a lucky thing. Griffin Penshine (really, the perfect name for this cute character) has a penchant for making wishes, and when she finds herself suddenly in possession of a “lucky penny” given by an old woman at a local shop she hopes for some good luck as her first day of sixth grade is approaching soon. However, when she discovers the package contains eleven shiny pennies that actually represent stolen wishes, her luck quickly turns sour. Her fortune rests upon her ability to reverse the curse placed on her with this “gift,” and she’s got her work cut out for her. Add to that the regular social challenges of middle school, innocent adolescent crushes, and school projects all vying for her attention, as well. In the end, can she reverse her own fortune, possibly even spreading some good luck to others as well?

If I could go back in time, I would bring this book back to my own 9-year-old self, because I’m confident this is the exact kind of story I was drawn to–a spunky and unique main character, a fun writing style, and an imaginative conflict that, of course, gets wrapped up with a bow by the end of the story. My own nine year old son read this book (in a morning!), and came away with a huge smile on his face and a declaration of “that was so cool!

In conjunction with the release of The Wish Stealers, publisher Simon and Schuster is also working with Pennies for the Planet, “a successful nationwide campaign to help critical conservation projects, powered by kids collecting pennies (and nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars, too!) to help save wild places and wildlife in the United States. Working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, with their families, and on their own, kids have turned pennies into a gold mine for wild spaces and wild species needing protection,” according to the media release.

Are you wishing for a copy of The Wish Stealers for a young reader you know? Today just may be your lucky day, since we have FIVE copies to giveaway (U.S. only, please). Please leave one comment here to be entered. (Have a little wish to share??) We’ll announce the winner in next week’s column.

The winner of last week’s book, All Things at Once, is #7 Carolyn.

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Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the review copy and giveaway copies.

Written by book blogger Dawn of my thoughts exactly and 5 Minutes for Books



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 stacy January 25, 2010 at 12:13 am

We’d love a copy of this book.

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2 debi b January 25, 2010 at 12:15 am

This sounds like such a wonderful book! I would LOVE it for my kids :)

(I’m sure my 9 yr old self would’ve loved it too!)

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3 stacy January 25, 2010 at 12:21 am

I subscribe via google reader.

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4 angie January 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

sounds like a wonderful read myself and few others here would love to read
shopannies@Yahoo.com

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5 Laura January 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

That does sound cool, I’d love a copy.

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6 Amy from Occupation: Mommy January 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

Sounds like a great one!

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7 Dena January 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

Sounds good! I’d love a copy for my daughter and I to read.

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8 Christine Jensen January 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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9 All Recipes January 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

Love your blog, Jennifer ! :)

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10 Pamela January 25, 2010 at 11:02 am

I’m always searching for a great read for my ten year old. This could be THE ONE!

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11 Tammy January 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

This sounds like a story that I would have loved at the age of 9 or 10, and I know a 9 year old girl now who is an avid reader.

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12 Demetra A January 25, 2010 at 11:55 am

Sounds great, thanks for the entry

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13 Wendy M January 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

This sounds like a great book. If we could have wishes come true, I know that my son and I would both be wishing for a worship pastor job for my husband. We’ve been looking for 8 months.
wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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14 Tara January 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The Wish Stealers looks like a perfect book to read with my 10-year-old daughter. I’ve been looking for something that I can read aloud to her in the evenings, in addition to the other reading she does solo. I think my four-year-old would also love listening in!

Hope I win!

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15 edj January 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Ooohhh…I wish I may I wish I might win this book! Even though she’s a teensy bit old, I know my 12 year old would love this!

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16 Gina January 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I would love to win a copy of this! (I’ve seen the cover around the blogosphere and have had it on my Wish List ever since…..
Thanks for the chance….and happy reading (a wish for all!).

=0)

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17 Sharon January 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

My daugther would love this!!!

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18 Ivy January 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I’m intrigued! I have a lot of friends in this age range who love to read (and I’m trying to encourage my toddler to cultivate a love of reading).

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19 Anita Yancey January 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Sounds really good. Please enter me. Thanks!

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20 Jessica Harwood January 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Looks like a fun book to have in the library! Thanks for the chance!

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21 jMom January 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book for my daughter. Even though she is in first grade we have already dealt with some school & social issues that I remember bumping into in my jr. hi years … thanks for a great review and I will check out the fundraising site as well.

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22 Vanessa January 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Wow, that sounds like such a great story! I’m always looking for new children’s books to check out and this is the next one I will look for!

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23 Margaret January 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Sounds like a book my 9 yo would love! Thanks for the giveaway!

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24 Marj M. January 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I have a 9 yo grandson who would like to read this.

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25 Benita G . January 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Sounds great! Thanks for the possibility.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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26 Angela January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Sounds like a great book – for my son and for me! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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27 Karen Gibson January 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I would love a copy for my grandchildren and for students in my Children’s Lit classes.

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28 Beth C January 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

This would be perfect for my granddaughter!

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29 Winning Readings January 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I’d love to read this myself! And share it…

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/01/wish-stealers.html

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30 Peggy Gorman January 26, 2010 at 4:55 am

I would love to read this childrens book with my granddaughter. I know she would love it!
Thanks

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31 sue fitz January 26, 2010 at 6:18 am

Looks like this would be a great book for my nephew who loves to read just like his aunt.

Thanks for offering this book

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32 katklaw777 January 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

Love to share this book with a youngster. Thanks for the giveaway.

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33 judy brittle January 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

My granddaughter would really enjoy this book. She loves to read. Thank you!

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34 Kim January 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

I have a 10 yo son and an 11 & 12 yo nieces that would all love this one. Not to mention that I would read it too. Thanks!

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35 stampedwithgrace January 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

I wish I could win this book for both my 9yo and 6th grader :)

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36 sharon January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

This book sounds very interesting. I’d love to have a chance to win! thanks

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37 Megan January 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I would *love* to get a copy of this book. It looks amazing!!

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38 Marcella January 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

This sounds wonderful! Makes me feel young again.

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39 Monica January 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I am always looking for something new that would engage my 11 year old son. This sound like a very adventurous book!

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40 Kelly Deaton January 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Sounds like an awesome read! Something for myself & the kids! Thanks for the chance!

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41 Linda Kish January 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Sounds great. I want to read it myself.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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42 Ticia January 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I’m intrigued. Imagine if all of our wishes came true what a contradictory world this would be.

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43 Katy January 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I’d love to read this and then give it to my SIL for her 6th grade classroom library! :)

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44 Heather Gardner January 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

YAY! Would love a copy!!

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45 Shannon Baas January 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm

It looks like a good book.

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46 Ann F January 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I’d like to win a copy of The Wish Stealers for my daughter.

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47 Donna C. January 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

My niece would like this book. Right now, I am wishing we don’t get the foot of snow they are calling for

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48 Carolyn January 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I wish for sleeping through the night children and this book for my classroom!

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49 Diane Baum January 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I am wishing for a cure for my younger brother’s dementia.

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50 Staci A January 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Sounds like a great book. I would love to share it with my son!

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51 angie January 27, 2010 at 1:13 am

This sounds like a fascinating read.

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52 Trina January 27, 2010 at 1:54 am

Bet my twin nieces would love this one….

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53 deb c January 27, 2010 at 5:06 am

The Wish Stealers sounds like a good. My grandaughter would enjoy reading it. I wish I win it for her.

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54 Michael Capp January 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’d love to win this!

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55 Evelyn January 27, 2010 at 10:54 am

this sounds very interesting

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56 Mama Zen January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

This sounds perfect for my niece!

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57 Sue January 27, 2010 at 11:55 am

Looks perfect for my boys.
Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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58 gwendolyn b. January 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Oh, yes! I think my 9-y-o nephew would like this, too! He’s just getting into INKHEART and really having fun. I want to encourage him. O.K., I really want to read it, too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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59 Sheri January 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

This sounds like a great read!

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60 Carol M January 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

I would love to win this for my granddaughters!

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61 Rachel G January 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

This book has a great story line and I know my niece would love it :)

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62 Laura P. January 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm

It sounds like such a great book…I know my niece and her friends would enjoy it.

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63 Lex Redding January 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm

This book sounds awesome!

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64 Kristy January 29, 2010 at 3:19 am

This book sounds really interesting.

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65 Jason Nickolay January 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

My nephew would love this. Thanks for the chance

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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66 Beth January 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Please enter me for this great book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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67 Corinne January 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I’d love to give it to my daughter!

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68 heather y January 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

This sounds like the perfect book for my little sister… thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

click4cash4me(at)gmail(dot)com

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69 Christina S January 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I wish someone would come and pay all my bills off :-)

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70 angi January 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

sounds like the perfect book to share with my little ones

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71 mindy January 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway

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72 Amanda Campbell January 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

This sounds like such an interesting book.

luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

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73 Kathleen S. January 30, 2010 at 3:14 am

My wish is to win this book, thanks for the chance!

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74 Erma January 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

This sounds like a great book.

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75 REBECCA January 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

I have some grandchildren that would enjoy this

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76 Kristin Harris January 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Sounds like a great book. I would love to share it with my sister.

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77 Randy Bailey January 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Love 2 read this w/my granddaughter!

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78 Wendy January 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Sounds like a great book for my sister’s family.

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79 Charlotte January 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I’d love to read this one!

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80 oneangel January 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm

This sounds like a great book~ I know a few girl who would love to read it! Heck-I would love to read it..and my wish-I wish that my best friend would just let me know that hes ok. Im pretty worried about him today.

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81 Sheila Hickmon January 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I’d love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

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82 Kerri Renner January 31, 2010 at 1:03 am

I would love this for my daughters This book is right up their alley

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83 Gianna January 31, 2010 at 3:57 am

Please enter me :)

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84 Jennifer Jozwiak January 31, 2010 at 5:06 am

My little one would love this book so i hope i win!

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85 kathy pease January 31, 2010 at 10:14 am

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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86 Susan Smith January 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sounds like a good book.

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87 Lance Pearson January 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm

dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
this really does sound like a good book-i think it would be really interesting

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88 Lily Kwan January 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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89 Heather January 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I would love to win!

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90 Betty Curran January 31, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Sounds like a great story. Please enter me.

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91 CherylS22 January 31, 2010 at 3:57 pm

My niece would love this book – please count me in. Thanks!

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92 Sheri January 31, 2010 at 4:59 pm

This sounds like a good book. I would love to win it for my niece.

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93 Candie L January 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I think my niece would enjoy this. THank you

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94 corrie January 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm

my daughter would like this book im sure!

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