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The Wish Master
Wright, Betty Ren.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2000.
Physical Description:
104 pages ; 22 cm
Certain that his grandfather doesn't want him around, Corby is unhappy when he and his mother go to spend the summer in Wisconsin to help take care of his ailing grandmother, until a local boy takes him to the Wish Master.
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 3.0 44729.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 6 Quiz: 23348.
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Most years Corby likes summer vacation, but not this year. He's in Wisconsin, where his grandfather constantly reminds him how different he is from his father when he was his age. And his new friend Buck seems to think he's chicken, just because he'd rather be sensibel than risk getting hurt. To prove he's tough, Corby joins Buck for a nighttime journey into the woods to find the Wish Master, a fierce, giant statue that is rumored to grant wishes. Does the statue really have special powers? Corby doesn't believe it, until his wishes begin to come true. Of course, the Wish Master doesn't always get things exactly right, but that hardly matters--until Corby makes a very big wish and finds himself in the worst trouble of his life.

Author Notes

Betty Ren Wright was born in Wakefield, Michigan on June 15, 1927. She graduated from Downer University and was the chief editor for Western Publishing for over 30 years. During her lifetime, she wrote numerous children's books including A Ghost in the Family, A Ghost in the House, The Ghost of Mercy Manor, Too Many Secrets, A Ghost Comes Calling, The Dollhouse Murders, The Secret Window, and Getting Rid of Marjorie. She also wrote thirty-five picture books. Her short stories appeared in Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Young Miss, and numerous other magazines. She died on December 31, 2013 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Veteran author Wright offers the story of a boy who finds his life turned upside down when he must spend the summer in Wisconsin. His grandmother has suffered a heart attack, so Corby and his mom go to the Midwest to help Grandpa care for her. Corby, something of a scaredy-cat, is intimidated by his gruff grandfather, but he almost immediately becomes involved in doing dangerous things he shouldn't, thanks to a neighbor boy, Buck. One of the first things Corby does is sneak out at midnight to visit a scary-looking pile of rocks known as the Wish Master. Corby wishes for a dog --and a way out of Wisconsin. When his grandmother seemingly suffers a relapse, Corby is worried that his wish might be coming true in a way he doesn't like. This is a solid story, with no gimmicks or frills, and there is some good action mixed with emotion. A choice for boys who aren't usually readers. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-An adventure story with a hint of the supernatural. When his paternal grandmother falls ill, Corby Hill and his mother travel to the family farm in Berry Hill, WI, leaving his father behind in California, unable to take time off from work. The boy's mom is preoccupied and his grandfather pays little attention to him since he is small, timid, and has no perceivable skills. Then he meets Buck Miller, a bit of a bully with a penchant for adventure. They share exploits and embark on the ultimate adventure, a midnight trek to the Wish Master, whose "body was a rough column of rock covered with strange markings; its head was a mammoth skull-shaped boulder-it-was smiling hideously." After making his wishes, things begin to happen that can only be attributed to the Wish Master-Or can they? Wright examines a child's idea of self-worth and family relationships in this quick read that will appeal to her many fans and to readers looking for a story full of action and suspense.-Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.