See KidlitWomen for daily links to posts by the children’s lit community, in celebration of Women’s History Month and focusing on improving the climate for social and gender equality. I plan to share my favorite books focused on girl characters and/or written by women through this month.
Today’s featured book is by an author I’ve long admired and respected – The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner.
While ice fishing, 12-year-old Charlie catches a magic fish and it offers her a wish. Charlie makes a couple of wishes (like not being afraid of the ice-frozen lake) and they come true! She goes back for more wishes, but she soon learns that the wishes might not come true the way she asked. Charlie misses her sister Abby who is away at college and growing more and more distant. When she and her family learn that Abby is a heroin addict, Charlie is hurt and angry. The age-appropriate parallel between drug addiction and the magic wishing fish is done very well. This book handles addiction and how it affects the family, particularly a younger child with respect and age-appropriate emotion. A fast read with a hopeful but realistic ending. Buy the book!