Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Mock Newbery Picks

Wish Girl, by Nikki Loftin

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Peter has never felt at home with his noisy family, but begins to find the strength to live and to be himself when he discovers a special valley in the Texas Hill Country and meets Annie, a girl dying of cancer who knows and accepts him from the start.

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4 thoughts on “Wish Girl, by Nikki Loftin

  1. I read Wish Girl, and it completely mesmerized me. It follows quiet Peter and artistic Annie as they build a friendship and console each others feelings, which have been damaged by their families.
    The characters were the absolute best part of this story. You felt bad for them, happy for them, you were affected by their feelings, and you watched them grow. Nicki Loftin builds an amazing relationship between the reader and characters that will move you. Their deep conversations about life will also have you looking at your own, which is just one way that these amazing characters will affect you.
    The setting in the book is also amazing. Set in a magical rural valley, it is perfect for the plot. Normally when there is magic in a book, a painful amount of time is spent explaining it, but in this book, it was accepted and not questioned. It was as if the valley was a character itself and you could listen to its unspoken thoughts. Absolutely gorgeous. Also, the descriptiveness of the art and nature featured in this book will have you looking twice at pieces of art, and seeing what Pete and Annie see.
    Themes of living for yourself, standing up for yourself, and standing up for others, were wonderfully integrated and clear, yet not explicitly stated. You will find yourself agreeing with and being comforted by these ideas.
    Everything about this book was beautifully and thoughtfully stated. This is my top book for the year and a DEFINITE contender for Newbery. I would recommend it to anyone of any age.

  2. Comment from Kayla:
    Wish Girl is definitely a Newbery contender even though this is the first book I’ve read. The setting was the strongest criteria because all the places correlated with the themes. The valley served as a getaway for Peter and Annie. In fact, this place outlined the themes of nature, facing your problems, and listening. Although the main characters faced sadness and many dilemmas, the final theme of friendship was stronger. All the characters had a flaw with a back-story; the parents, Doug, Jake, Peter, and Annie. The parents didn’t listen to their children, yet faced having physically or mentally “sick” kids. Doug and Jake were cruel but they were abused by their family. Peter was pushing everyone away because no one listened or understood him. Lastly, Annie was bossy and she ran away but she was dealing with leukemia. Also, the writing style for Wish Girl described the characters and setting perfectly. I loved how you figured out Peter’s back story at the same time as Annie. It was as if you were included in the story too! I’m still looking for a flaw but I think this book IS a Newbery winner. I would suggest this book for all middle school grades.

  3. I loved Wish Girl because of the connections I could form with the characters. The characters, setting, plot, etc. were perfectly described, and I felt like not a single thing was missing. Ellie and Kayla said most everything I would have said. The only think that shocked me was the ending (No spoilers!) but it really caught me off guard, and I think it may have happened a bit too fast. Overall I think its a good contender for the Newbery and more people should read it.

  4. this book grabs you and never lets go. the setting was amazing you could see the valley in your mind. the characters you got to know them as the story progressed and you could relate to the characters amazingly. this is definitely a contender

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