Dependable, Intermediate, Young Adult, Cancer; suicide; magic; nature; art; friendship; promises; family; belonging; identity; bullying
The first time Peter goes to the valley, it’s to get away from his family. The second time he goes, it’s to feel that magic in the air again. Almost every time after that, it’s to see Annie. Annie calls herself a wish girl because she makes wishes and people usually grant them, but it’s only because she’s sick. She’s so sick that she could die or, through invasive treatments, become a different person. She has only a few weeks before her next treatments, and she intends to witness as much magic and create as much art in that time as possible. At first, Peter is annoyed at Annie’s presence in his one quiet place. But then Annie opens up his world. It isn’t until Peter sees how short Annie’s life could be that he realizes how precious his own life is, and how grateful he is for the freedom to use it how he chooses. As Annie and Peter grapple with their issues, the valley aids them in whatever ways it can.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 84.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss9/84