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Emma Patton


Excellent, Intermediate, family, dog, small town, jail, adoption, anger, wishes

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Book Review


Charlie makes the same wish every day, but she can’t say what it is or it won’t come true. She has a lot that needs fixing, though. Since her daddy is in jail and her mama isn’t doing so well at being a mama, Charlie is sent to live with her aunt and uncle, whom she doesn’t even know. At first, she thinks she will hate living their small town. But she soon realizes that it’s nice to be able to rely on her aunt Bertha and uncle Gus, even when she makes mistakes. She meets Howard, a boy who shows her unconditional friendship and helps her to manage her anger. Plus, she finds Wishbone, a stray dog that she adopts as her own. Charlie realizes that her family doesn’t look like everyone else’s, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have one. Pretty soon, where Charlie once yearned to return to her old life and live with her mama, she realizes that this hillbilly town might be the best place for her after all.