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The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

The Wish (1999)

by Gail Carson Levine

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Not the best Levine available, of course. And Levine isn't quite as wonderful as [a:Shannon Hale|49177|Shannon Hale|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1299093233p2/49177.jpg], But if you've got a middle school girl who wishes life were a fairy tale, this will entertain her, and give her something to think about, too. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
The Wish, by Gail Carson Levine, is a book about a girl (Wilma) who desperately wants to be liked by her peers. She meets an old lady on the bus and decides to offer her seat to her. The old lady apparently has magical powers and offers Wilma one wish. Of course, Wilma wishes to be popular. This book follows the adventures Wilma has when she is popular, and also shows the consequences it causes when the wish is over. I would recommend readers in 4th-6th grade for this book ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Sep 29, 2014 |
This is a dream that every middle school girl has (to be popular), so it is a great depiction of how Wilma became popular but didn't like it. At first she liked it, but then she realized that she missed her friends--the people who were true friends to her. This book really portrays the message of how great, strong, meaningful friendships are more important than superficial popularity. ( )
  jeemra | Nov 28, 2012 |
This is a good text for middle school or 5th grade girls. It follows Wilma, an unpopular girl in middle school. Suddenly, Wilma's wish to be the most popular girl in school is granted! And life seems wonderful--she has tons of friends and dates to her school's dances. But she begins to wonder, how long will this last? Are these people really my friends? This is a great book to deal with the issue of popularity and being liked for who you are. ( )
  ccostakis | Nov 21, 2012 |
The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

Wilma Sturtz is invisible at school. So when an oldy lady on the subway offers her a wish, Wilma immediately ask for popularity, in fact she asks to be the most popular kid at school.
Suddenly, Wilma has more friends than she can keep track of, forty dates to the Graduation Night Dance, and a secret admirer writing her love poems. Everything is great, until she realizes there's a small twist in her wish and her time in the spotlight has almost run out.

Be careful what you ask for!!! So many students can relate to Wilma and wanting to be popular.

Have students make a list of positive and negative things about being popular, and does it really matter if one is popular or not?

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  danacollings | Nov 25, 2010 |
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Ah, the ancient mysteries of life. Why are the popular people popular? What's different about them--what makes them special? In The Wish, award-winning author Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted, Dave at Night) explores the age-old question with a simple premise: a girl who is granted one wish by an old lady on the subway wishes to be "the most popular kid at Claverford." As is the fate of many who are granted only one wish, Wilma doesn't think through her wish carefully enough. While she is now adored by boys and girls alike, she is a mere three weeks away from graduating from Claverford. At Elliott, her next school, she'll be back to her lowly, oft-ridiculed self. Tension builds for Wilma until her graduation-night dance, the night before her popularity--and maybe even her relationship with her wonderful new boyfriend--will invariably come to a screeching halt. This fun, witty, insightful novel thoroughly examines the nature of "popularity," and what it means to be true to yourself. It's not just because of the old woman's spell that Wilma ponders, "'To thine own self be true.' But who was mine own self? That's what I wanted to know." Wilma is a funny, smart, no-more-awkward-than-most character with whom young readers of all social echelons will identify completely. When her popularity runs out (and the spell does end), her true friendships remain, and she's left standing on her feet. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson

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When granted her wish to be the most popular girl in school, Wilma, an eighth grader, forgets that she will graduate in three weeks and her popularity will vanish.

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