Title: Wish You Weren’t
Author: Sherrie Peterson
Published: March 17th 2014
Publisher: Intrepid Publications
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Length: 139 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Marten doesn’t believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn’t expect it to make any difference.
Until his annoying brother disappears.
With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.
A beautiful story that has the all too familiar message of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Marten has had enough of his annoying little brother, Aldrin, and when his mother takes them out to star gaze, he makes a wish on a star. He wishes that his brother would be gone.
The ramifications of this wish make Marten realise just how cruel he’s been to his little brother at times, and that he actually misses his brother. Time travelling with his best friend, Pete, Marten discovers some secrets his mother is keeping, while trying to put things right and get his brother back.
I really enjoyed this story. It was fast-paced and interesting. There was never a dull moment as things seemed to go from bad to worse before Marten finally realises the power wishes hold and how he should use them.
A great tale of friendship and magic, as well as time travelling! A fantastic read.
About the Author
I was born in Ohio, grew up in Southern California and spent the first half of my married life in Arizona. I’ve visited most of the continental United States (only 9 states left to discover!) but I’m really looking forward to the day when I can visit the moon.
An avid reader since I memorized Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Dr. Seuss, I still enjoy reading books by people like Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Nielsen, Maggie Stiefvater, John Green, Eoin Colfer and Anthony Horowitz. When I grow up, I hope to write as well as them.
In addition to writing middle grade novels, I moonlight as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of two children. I spend my free time watching movies, driving kids around and baking cookies. Or eating them.