Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.
From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.
Summers are made for just these types of books: funny and sweet, with a lovable character whose world reveals itself like the stars coming out after a long dusk. Charlie Reese joins the ranks of strong girls who come from brokenness and just need a little time to see that when a door closes, look for an open window. I hope that everyone is having adventures this summer, whether it's in the backyard, or in the pages of a book like this. Summer is for loving a dog, understanding the expanded definition of family and a loyal friend in an up-down boy.
An advanced copy provided by Net Galley (dot) com and the publisher for an honest review.