Dreamer, Wisher, Liar (Hardcover)

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Dreamer, Wisher, Liar is a heartwarming story about one girl's transformative summer full of friendship, secret magic, and family. Fans of Rebecca Stead will enjoy Charise Mericle Harper's funny and poignant novel.

When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash's carefully constructed life upside down.

While every part of Ash's life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It's a wish jar, full of someone's old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls' story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.

About the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

Praise For…

“Ashley is a likeable, imaginative heroine, and middle school girls will root for her as she unravels the mystery of the wishes and the tale they tell.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Amusing, heartfelt time travel about friends and wishes—old and new.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Harper’s voice-driven story glows with slow-growing optimism and moments of magic.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me (Random, 2009) and E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (S. & S., 1967) will enjoy this refreshing novel.”
— School Library Journal

“A pleasing mystery a la Rebecca Stead...middle-grade girls will particularly warm to Ashley’s story and find themselves wishing for a similarly magical summer.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062026750
ISBN-10: 0062026755
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English

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