The Wish by Gail Carson Levine (NY: Harper Trophy, 2000).
What middle schooler wouldn't want the opportunity to have a wish granted? It's the ultimate fantasy, and Levine allows readers the vicarious thrill of accompanying 8th grader Wilma Sturtz on her wish-propelled life of popularity. When Wilma helps an old lady on the subway, she gets one wish, and after a year of friendless invisibility, she desires not just to be popular, but to be the most popular girl at her middle school, Claverford. Too late, she realizes the limits of the wish, with only three weeks remaining of school.
Entertaining read for girls, ages 8-12.
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