Believing in Brooklyn

Believing in Brooklyn Benny s friend Ray come up with his craziest invention idea yet a machine that grants wishes But when Benny realizes he has some wishes that need granting he starts to wonder if it might just work A

  • Title: Believing in Brooklyn
  • Author: Matt de la Pena
  • ISBN: 9780062112088
  • Page: 307
  • Format: ebook
  • Benny s friend Ray come up with his craziest invention idea yet a machine that grants wishes But when Benny realizes he has some wishes that need granting, he starts to wonder if it might just work A short story from Guys Read Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.

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    1. MATT DE LA PENA CATEGORYThis story is about a kid, Benny, who gets a drawing from his friend, Ray, depicting his design for a "wish machine." Benny laughs it off, but even so, he whispers a little wish for earplugs to the picture and goes to bed. The next day he finds a pair of headphones sitting on a stool in his room. Then he wishes for a hot slice of pizza. He gets a whole box of pizza, although it is cold and old. Meanwhile, his grandmother is dying. She has a bad cough, that keeps her at ho [...]

    2. All of the "Guys Read: Thriller" stories gave me the chills. I loved "Believing in Brooklyn." It was a really amazing story of how a kid whose grandmother was dying gave some coins to a homeless person every time he walked by a deli. The reason why was that the guy reminded him of his grandmother. And despite his friends' disapprovals, the kid kept giving the man his spare change. Meanwhile, the kid's friend gave him a drawing of a "magical wish machine," and the kid taped it up on his wall. Soo [...]

    3. A very good short story about fullfilling needs. Not the basic hierarchy of needs, but the needs of a poor young boy/man growing up, being raised by his grandmother. A bit cerebral.

    4. Definitely one of my favorite stories in the collection. It is about a wish machine that attempts to make wishes. I really appreciated the relationship the young narrator had with his grandma.

    5. What if all your secret wishes could right now be coming true? What would you wish for? An exploration of that concept in a series geared toward boys. I enjoyed it, and would especially recommend it as a great starter book for teen reluctant readers. It's short enough and cool enough to engage the kids who repeatedly tell you how much they don't like reading. It's even on audio, so it's doubly appealing. If you're a teacher, keep this title at the ready. The conversation will go like this:Teache [...]

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