The Wish

by Gail Carson Levine

Hardcover, 2000



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HarperCollins (2000), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 208 pages


When granted her wish to be the most popular girl in school, Wilma, an eighth grader, forgets that she will graduate in three weeks and her popularity will vanish.


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208 p.; 8.58 inches

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Wilma’s friends have moved, and she can’t seem to make any new ones, so when she gets a wish, she wishes to be the most popular girl in school. She befriends the most popular girls, but also befriends the other unpopular kids. She finds out that she can be popular and be a good person, so that
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when she stops being popular by default, people still like her.
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LibraryThing member sara_k
In The Wish eigth grader Wilma wishes that she was the most popular person at school. Her wish is granted but, like many fairy granted wishes, it has disturbing effects. Wilma isn't sure who likes her for who she is and who likes her because of the wish, she is not popular with people who do not
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attend her school, her friends boyfriends hit on her, and graduation is rapidly approaching and Wilma wonders what will happen when she no longer attends her school.

Gail Carson Levine asks some tough questions about popularity and she gives some insights into what makes people, especially middle school students, act the way they do.
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LibraryThing member FranCaroll
In thie modern day fairy tale, Wilma is granted the wish to be the most popular kid at her middle school. She is surpised to discover that when popularity just means that other kids just like you no matter what you do, it doesn't mean really like the person you are. A nice book for girls obsessed
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by the popularity issue which can monopolize the life of a middle school girl.
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LibraryThing member KP593
its a very mysteries book you just have to read it to understand it and really good so if you like mysteries them i would suggest this book to you.
LibraryThing member jmorrison
very good book...... i enjoy how the girl in book see's that end she did not have to make the wish she had made.......
LibraryThing member jmorrison
very interesting, a good but very real.
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fantasy, what happens when you arent careful in what you ask for
LibraryThing member ccostakis
This is a good text for middle school or 5th grade girls. It follows Wilma, an unpopular girl in middle school. Suddenly, Wilma's wish to be the most popular girl in school is granted! And life seems wonderful--she has tons of friends and dates to her school's dances. But she begins to wonder, how
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long will this last? Are these people really my friends? This is a great book to deal with the issue of popularity and being liked for who you are.
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LibraryThing member jeemra
This is a dream that every middle school girl has (to be popular), so it is a great depiction of how Wilma became popular but didn't like it. At first she liked it, but then she realized that she missed her friends--the people who were true friends to her. This book really portrays the message of
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how great, strong, meaningful friendships are more important than superficial popularity.
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LibraryThing member SimoneAlexis
The Wish, by Gail Carson Levine, is a book about a girl (Wilma) who desperately wants to be liked by her peers. She meets an old lady on the bus and decides to offer her seat to her. The old lady apparently has magical powers and offers Wilma one wish. Of course, Wilma wishes to be popular. This
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book follows the adventures Wilma has when she is popular, and also shows the consequences it causes when the wish is over. I would recommend readers in 4th-6th grade for this book
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LibraryThing member BrynDahlquis
There's an awful lot of kissing in this book for a story about eighth-graders.

A very quick read, and I'm glad of it. If it had lasted any longer I probably would've started to get irritated.

It might be an okay book for middle readers, but unfortunately it's not one of those gems that can be
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thoroughly enjoyed at any age.
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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
I didn't actually read this; read the first chapter and a bit, skipped through, and read the last couple chapters. That's all the teen angst I could stand. "Oh dear, I'm not popular, but all I want is to be popular with the popular kids..." The story even points out that she hasn't bothered to try
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to make friends outside the popular crowd. By the end of the book she has made friends, both in and out of the popular crowd, and she seems a lot better...but when she runs into the witch/fairy/whatever again, she tries the same stuff over and it's not her doing that she isn't granted another (unwise) wish. I don't have time to read about stupid people who don't learn. Bye-bye.
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