The Wishing Game, a review by Kristin

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The Wishing Game
By: Meg Shaffer

Publication Date: May 30, 2023
Published By: Ballantine Books
279 Pages

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“Because only brave children know that wishing is never enough. You have to try to make your own wishes come true.“

Jack Masterson is a famous children’s book writer. Then one day, he stopped writing, but no one know why. He has now written a new book and with it, comes a competition. The competition is by invite only, and the winner’s life will be changed. Lucy Hart hasn’t had it easy, but within her job as a teacher’s aid, she has come to love Christopher, an orphaned child, and wants to adopt him. She just doesn’t have the means for it. Lucy is among the 4 that are invited to compete for Jack’s new book and the life changing prize. There are puzzles and riddles each have to answer correctly first to win points to be able to win the ultimate prize. Winning this prize for Lucy means getting Christopher.

What a wonderful read. I loved the concept and Shaffer described this so well, I could picture Clock Island. It was so easy to relate to all of the characters, because even the ones that seem so well off now have something in their past that is relatable. I have read some of the reviews, and a few people had a really big issue with the relationship between Christopher and Lucy. I get it, I get where they are coming from, but I looked at it a completely different way. My son had a wonderful first grade teacher; she would give them hugs, high fives, etc… I don’t know if she ever had a child sit on her lap, but I did see how much she loved the children. I envisioned Lucy to be like her, so in my eyes, there was no way that this was inappropriate. Lucy connected with a child and wanted to help him. Christopher, in turn, latched onto Lucy – probably because she was a constant in his life that had been seriously uprooted. The desire of Jack to want to help people as so nice to see. So many “rich” people don’t really want to do anything good, they just want it to seem that way. But that was not the impression I got from Jack at all. I really think this was a beautiful book.


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