The Fourth Wish

The Fourth Wish Eleven year old Melanie persuades her brother Cory and their little sister Erin to go to a magic show Arthur their pesky neighbor joins them a recipe for disaster They encounter Mrs Seraphina w

  • Title: The Fourth Wish
  • Author: Elizabeth Varadan
  • ISBN: 9781440413063
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eleven year old Melanie persuades her brother, Cory, and their little sister, Erin to go to a magic show Arthur, their pesky neighbor, joins them, a recipe for disaster They encounter Mrs Seraphina, who claims she can grant wishes Erin mentions all the magic The Great Mondo will do at the show Cory says, I wish he could The four children are soon running from MoEleven year old Melanie persuades her brother, Cory, and their little sister, Erin to go to a magic show Arthur, their pesky neighbor, joins them, a recipe for disaster They encounter Mrs Seraphina, who claims she can grant wishes Erin mentions all the magic The Great Mondo will do at the show Cory says, I wish he could The four children are soon running from Mondo, after he is fired for creating a stampede of rabbits and making the theater manager really float At Daisy s Do nuts, they worry how to undo the wish When Mrs Seraphina shows up, one wish leads to another Mondo ends up driving a cab Daisy s Do nuts is on the evening news Melanie is sick of wishes She has other worries the new boy in sixth grade her parents divorce the fact that Mondo is giving her mother rides home from work Ultimately Melanie learns the difference between cool and reality, tricks and magic, and what makes a real family.

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    1. Review by Debbie YoungThis gentle story has at its heart the old saying “Be careful what you wish for” applied here to ring true for 21st century children. When three siblings and a friend do a good turn for a mysterious old lady, they are rewarded with a wish apiece, but they soon learn that selfish wishes do not bring unmitigated joy.As they work out how to make the best use of their wishes, they learn life lessons along the way that help them better understand and relate to not only each [...]

    2. Melanie isn’t in the mood to believe in magic, but it comes looking for her anyway in the form of a most eccentric character in Elizabeth Varadan’s The Fourth Wish (CreateSpace, reprinted in 2010).Eleven-year-old Melanie McCormick thinks her school vacation will be, at best, boring, although she suspects it will be something much worse. Her parents have recently divorced, her mother is working longer hours and Melanie has to help out more around the house. If that weren’t enough, her young [...]

    3. The Fourth Wish by Elizabeth Varadan is a wonderful, middle grade story of magic and wishes with consequences. As eleven-year-old Melanie, her younger brother Cory, little sister Erin and their neighbor Arthur head to the local theatre to see Mondo the Magician’s magic act, they come across an elderly woman who loses control of a shopping bag full of Christmas presents. As the spill all over the side walk and street, Cory rushes to her aid, thinking of his next Boy Scout badge. But Mrs. Seraph [...]

    4. This is a delightful tale aimed at middle-graders. Varadan really develops the characters in this story, each with a unique personality. If I didn't know better, I'd think that the author is a child, herself--she did such a great job getting into the minds of these children,Although much of the story is lighthearted, it carries a bigger message than, "Be careful what you wish for." The mother and father of the main character have recently divorced, and she's heartbroken to no longer have her fat [...]

    5. Four children come across a strange woman on the street who can grant them wishes. I would’ve loved this as a child, imagining instant wealth and success for myself. But in this story one wish leads to a domino effect of bad things. As the children go back to Mrs. Seraphina, the elderly woman, for more wishes, they scramble to correct the wrong that’s been done by previous wishes. “Be careful what you wish for” is a true maxim here. I enjoyed the plot, subplots, the friendships, and fami [...]

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