Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Dreamer Wisher Liar, by Charise Mericle Harper

Dreamer Wisher LiarSummary:  Ashley’s summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.

Harper Collins

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2 thoughts on “Dreamer Wisher Liar, by Charise Mericle Harper

  1. Dreamer, Wisher, Liar was a very fun book, but very confusing. The main character Ash’s best friend is moving away, and she has to babysit an overly-enthusiastic seven year old. She finds a jar full of wishes in her basement and finds herself carried away into the past. This book was rather void of imagery, so that made it seem somewhat boring. Also, the author made all of her characters very dramatic, causing there to be a couple all-caps sentences every few paragraphs. While they showed emotion, these sentences were very disruptive to the flow of the book. Halfway through the book, Ash stops traveling back in time, and this made the plot rather slow and uneventful. It also was very confusing because the main conflict seems to cut off for a period of time. Ash isn’t very relatable, either. She travels back in time without missing a beat! It doesn’t seem to affect her at all! I would say that without the traveling back in time, this would be an enjoyable read. However, the attempt at science fiction made it a little bit confusing, and the characters in the book don’t make it distinguished enough for newbery.

  2. This book is about a girl named Ashley and how sad she is that her best friend Lucy is going away to summer camp without her. In addition to that problem, Ashley has to babysit seven-year-old Claire for the summer. And then there’s the main plot: Ashley finds a jar labeled “Wishes,” and it turns out that the jar is filled with magical pieces of paper that transport her to the past. Because of all these plots and sub-plots, I found this book to be a bit confusing and jumbled.
    Like Ellie said before me, the characters in this book were extremely dramatic and spoke in all-caps too much for my liking. It did indeed disrupt the flow of the book, and a few times I had to go back over and read why exactly the character was so upset. In addition to all-caps, I found that the writing style was sometimes very abrupt when switching between sentences.
    I did like how the magic and the rest of Ashley’s problems were all linked in the end, and the setting was pretty well described when Ashley was in the past.
    I would say that this book would be best for sixth-graders as a fun read about magic, but it’s a no for me for the Newbery.

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