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Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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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. This title has Common Core connections.
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kimba7
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This was a delightful find. I just wanted to live inside this story for a bit. It's about a pre-teen girl who learns about love and acceptance, essentially. I love the cover too. ♥️

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Literary.Gem37
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" Pineapples, Pineapples, Pineapples." You're introduced to two sisters Jackie and Charlie. They're taken from their mom until she gets back on her feet, and while their dad Scrappy is locked up. Charlie is going to an aunt house that she never knew existed, while her Jackie got to stay with her best friend. Charlie finds new friends, and learns a lot while she was with her aunt. But you have to pick up this book and see what happens next.

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Literary.Gem37
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So far here in Alabama, it has been so gloomy. Still unpacking and still enjoying audiobooks. I still don't understand Litsy much, but my reviews are on my Goodreads

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 3mo
Literary.Gem37 @CrowCAH thank you 3mo
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Lovely_one_and_only
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I think it‘s a good book but like it‘s one of those books I wouldn‘t want to read again kinda like the refugee book Xavier mentioned, I‘ve read that book aswell I would agree with that statement. In case you want to know, of course you do, anyways. It‘s about a girl who wants a ‘real family‘ she has one but her father in jail, and her mom is very sick. So she has to stay with her aunt and uncle.Not gonna spoil anymore ya could find out on your own

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sblbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A touching story of a girl and her dog. Charlie learns that love comes when you least expect it.
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

Peddler410 I read this back in the early days of #mgbuddyread and loved it. My daughter loves it so much, She‘s read it twice! 😊 (edited) 9mo
sblbooks @Peddler410 I'm sorry I missed that month. I only joined litsy in December. 9mo
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Bookishgal71
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North Carolina done! #readingusa2019

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Bookishgal71
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Lovely “coming home” book. Ideal for 4th-5th graders. No action or violence. Highlights include foster parents, southern living, VBS, and overcoming prejudices. This counts as my NC book. #readingusa2019

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megansimon
Wish | Barbara O'Connor

“You can‘t judge people for the mistakes they make. You judge them for how they fix those mistakes.”

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megansimon
Wish | Barbara O'Connor

This book tackles tough topics and opens the conversation about them while also showing kids how to get through times like such.

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megansimon
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This book describes in great language hardships that many kids have to face. It also has a great theme of learning to be a friend and accepting change. Overall, a great book for kids when they‘re going through a tough time.

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Bookishgal71
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I‘m putting this on my classroom wall!

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peaknit
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Sorry I was late, I didn‘t want to come. 😂 wish I was reading. Merry Christmas readers!!

JenReadsAlot Merry Christmas dear!! 14mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot tortured here, how about you?! 😂🤷‍♀️ 14mo
JenReadsAlot Ugh I'm sorry! I'm back home already safe and sound! 14mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot won‘t be long! 14mo
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Nebklvr
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A young girl from a broken home is sent to her aunt and uncle‘s in the country. She is tough and lonely but the people around her start to change her life for the better. And then there‘s the dog...a stray, just like her.... heartwarming and hopeful. A gentle reminder on how controlling one‘s temper and being kind can change one‘s circumstances. Feisty fun.

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Peaceful_Reader
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I‘m reading this with 4th grade students! Great characters, and a timeless story. How do we all fit into the world? What do you wish for?

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Kthomliston
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Loved this book! Heartwarming, funny, well-written. A great book for grade 4 and older, especially for dog lovers. 💕

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Jess_reads27
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I‘m sitting here giving this book a giant hug. A precious #middlegrade story of friendship, family, and the power of wishes! Can‘t wait to recommend this to all of my students and everyone I see!

#24in48 update: nearing 20 hours of reading and just finished my eighth book! The end is near! 🎉🎉

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Read4life
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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@Lmstraubie I had to share this with you since I have you to thank.
A customer came into the bookstore today. She really wanted a book for her daughter for Christmas & was certain we wouldn‘t have it. Thanks to our #mgbuddyread I make sure this is always in stock. I love handselling it. The added bonus being it‘s also local interest since I‘m in NC.
The mom was THRILLED we had it & really happy I could speak so passionately about it. 🤓💙

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TrishB Lovely story ❤️ 2y
MCYmermaid Great story! 2y
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Tamra Sounds wonderful! 2y
TNbookworm ❤ this! 2y
Lmstraubie That is wonderful!!! Thank you so much for sharing this. ☺️ 2y
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ashley.v
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Wish is a RF. It is about a young girl who gets sent to live with her aunt and uncle which she barely knows after her mom is arrested. She has one wish to find the family she has always wanted. She has many creative ways to wish, some I have heard of, others were new. She finds a stray dog and comes up with a creative way to catch it. The dog is her friend. This could be an IR or LC. #ucflae3414f17

ashley.v https://www.teachingbooks.net/media/pdf/macmillan/OConnor_Guides.pdf On page 2 of this pdf it gives discussion questions and a few lesson ideas. It also lists the CCSS that the lesson aligns with. 2y
ashley.v ESOL principle is 36-ask many higher level questions (discussion questions). UDL principles are 6.4 and 2.5 2y
DrSpalding This has been on my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing. Great resource to facilitate literature circles. 2y
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Chelsibno
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I loved this story of a girl and her dog! #DogDays #AndItsAugust @RealLifeReading

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Lmstraubie
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Charlie knows hundreds of ways to #makeawish #gypsykatsbirthdayweek @GypsyKat

GypsyKat Awe, this is the sweetest cover! 😍 Thank you! 😊💗 2y
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Read4life
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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#booksacrossoceans Day 6 #bookswithdogs
Two of my recent reads that I loved. Of course, Sherlock & Maya had to make an appearance for this prompt. 🐶🐶 #dogsoflitsy

Jess7 Aww very cute! 3y
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TheBookAddict
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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This story...what can I say? It made me feel a lot of things. My heart goes out to Charlie and kids out in the world who are going through similar situations.

Thanks @Lmstraubie for choosing such a great book for the #mgbuddyread. It has been many years since I've read a middle grade book.

Lmstraubie @TheBookAddict I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for joining us. ☺️ Next up 3y
TheBookAddict @Lmstraubie I'm glad I gave it a chance! I already placed the book on hold. 😁🙌🏽 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #8
Okay, so there are sooooo many more things I would have loved to discuss (her parents, the teacher, her relationship with Wishbone, her relationship with her uncle, the setting, her chances for making a wish...I could keep going), but alas it's to wrap it up.

What is one question you would ask Barbara O'Connor if you could?

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Chelsibno I'd like to ask her what inspired her to write the story. 3y
MrsGreen I'd like to ask her how she is able to write the Southern dialect so well! Some sentences boggled my mind! 3y
Smangela What character does she relate to most? 3y
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TheBookAddict Was Scrappy a nickname? And if so, why was his real name not mentioned? I would also ask the same question as @Chelsibno . 3y
Lmstraubie @TheBookAddict I believe it was a nickname. I wonder if it was given in place of his real name to develop his character. 3y
TheBookAddict @Lmstraubie yeah, I thought so. It could have been. I was also thinking that maybe since he was so disconnected from Charlie's life, even though he was a big part her troubles, she only knew him as Scrappy. She only knew part of him, the small parts that were sometimes at home and since we are seeing him through her eyes we only know him as Scrappy. 3y
Lmstraubie @TheBookAddict I never thought of it that way. That's a really good point. 3y
TheBookAddict @Lmstraubie thanks. It's great to have people to talk these things through with. Loved the discussion, thanks for leading it! 😊🙌🏽 3y
Lmstraubie @TheBookAddict Thank you for participating! ☺️ 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #7
It's obvious how much Bertha loves Charlie. Why do you think she left the canning jars in Charlie's bedroom?
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Peddler410 I believe Bertha was afraid to get too comfortable having Charlie with them. Leaving the canning jars in the bedroom reminded her that the situation was temporary. Bertha was protecting herself from getting her hopes up. 3y
Chelsibno @Peddler410 I totally agree! I've heard of foster parents who have done similar things to help them not get too attached to kids who are only temporarily in their care. That also might be why Bertha hadn't become a foster parent before even though she loves children. Going into a situation that is temporary would be too painful. At least with Charlie, there was a chance that the situation could become a permanent arrangement. 3y
MrsGreen Yes @Peddler410 ! This is totally it. Those canning jars leave a barrier between Charlie as a visitor and Charlie as a daughter. 3y
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Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @MrsGreen I think you all hit the nail on the head. 3y
Smangela Wow @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @MrsGreen @Lmstraubie whoa! I hadn't even thought of that! 3y
Amie @Smangela @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @MrsGreen @Lmstraubie I had not thought of that either. I was just thinking it was something she had not gotten around to doing yet and hadn't considered the feelings behind it. 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #6
Charlie is very angry with her sister Jackie. Do you think she should be?
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Amie She probably "shouldn't" be, but I can understand why she is because she sees Jackie's situation as better than her own, and she probably feels like Jackie, as the older sibling, should be able to do something about the whole situation. But, of course, none of this is Jackie's fault either. 3y
Peddler410 I understand why Charlie is upset. To Charlie, Jackie got the better deal being able to stay in Raleigh. What she doesn't understand is that Jackie is have troubles of her own. 3y
Lmstraubie @amie @Peddler410 I was so glad when Jackie came to visit her and we were able to see a different side of her. The visit also gave Charlie a boost even though it was hard to say goodbye. 3y
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Chelsibno I can understand why Charlie is upset. Not only does it seem like Jackie got the better deal, but she feels like Jackie doesn't care about the problems she is facing. I think it's easy for people to be upset with a loved one when it feels like they aren't hearing them out when they voice their problems. 3y
MrsGreen Definitely! Charlie feels like her sister doesn't even think about her anymore. I saw Jackie as very self centered but I also wondered if she talked so much so that she could hide being unhappy or that Charlie wouldn't have time to ask the hard questions. After your sister takes care of you for years, then suddenly drops you, I'd be mad too (simplifying the plot obviously) 3y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @MrsGreen It could have been Jackie's defense mechanism also. She probably felt terrible about the situation so ignoring it would make it easier for her to cope. 3y
Smangela @amie @Peddler410 @Lmstraubie @MrsGreen @Chelsibno Also, Charlie has a different view of Jackie. Jackie has previously been a surrogate mother to Charlie so I'm sure it feels like another abandonment to her. However? What a relief to Jackie to finally be able to be a kid again! Yes, agreed that technically Charlie "shouldn't" feel mad at Jackie, it doesn't mean that her feelings aren't valid or relatable though :) 3y
Lmstraubie @Smangela That's so true! Jackie never really got to be a kid because she took it upon herself to be responsible for Charlie. 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #5
Why do you think it is that Charlie dislikes Audrey so much, yet at the same time wants to be her friend?
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Amie Maybe a defense mechanism - if she acts like she doesn't like her then she can act like she's not hurt by being rejected. 3y
Smangela So, I love the interaction with Audrey. Realistically you aren't going to be friends with everyone. And sometimes people will grate on your nerves or rub you the wrong way, BUT the lesson I think kids (and adults really) can take away from it is that you can still be civil and kind without having some deep, involved relationship! 3y
Smangela @amie absolutely agree, it's hard to feel rejected or disliked; her reactions to Audrey definitely seem defensive to me 3y
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Lmstraubie @Smangela @amie You ladies are taking the words right out of my mouth! I also think Charlie is jealous of Audrey. She wants the kind of family Audrey has. Charlie just doesn't realize yet that she already has that kind of family. 3y
Smangela @Lmstraubie Also, I wonder if Audrey's family life isn't perfect either, based on her reaction when Charlie talks about her father? Or maybe I'm reading into it too much haha 3y
Lmstraubie @Smangela It's funny because when I first wrote my comment I actually said, She wants the kind of family she THINKS Audrey has." But then I took it out. I don't think you are reading too much into it. Our perceptions aren't always the reality. 3y
Peddler410 Audrey... I agree with what has already been said. Charlie assumes Audrey has a perfect life. There is some jealousy there but also a defense 3y
Chelsibno I definitely agree with everything everyone has said on this point. @Smangela @Lmstraubie I think your points about how it may only seem like Audrey has a perfect family is a great point. It's so easy for kids (& adults) to be envious of another person's life or situation, when in fact those people with "perfect" lives have their own kinds of problems they have to deal with. 3y
MrsGreen In addition to everyone else's thoughts, Audrey is the cool kid. Who doesn't want to be friends with the cool kid? 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #4
How does Charlie's impression of the Odom home change over the course of the story?
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Smangela It's kind of like the reverse of The Picture of Dorian Gray, right? 😂 3y
Chelsibno At first, she thinks of the Odom house as shabby & ramshackle. She seems especially focused on how one end of the structure juts out over a steep hill/cliff, & seems to think it could topple down it at any point. I think this reflects her own views of the home she had previously known, which was both harsh & fragile, capable of easily being torn apart. By the end, she comes to realize that this is a safe & loving home, embracing it as such. (edited) 3y
Lmstraubie I love how the ramshackleness (is that a word lol) of the house falls away once Charlie falls for the family. 3y
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Peddler410 In the beginning, Charlie sees only the rundown condition of the house. As she gets to know the family, she learns that outward appearances don't mean so much. What's happening inside the home is what matters and that's love. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 I love how unconditionally the Odom family loves her. 3y
MrsGreen She was totally judgmental of their home for its outward appearance, as a defense mechanism I think. If their home was so bad, the people must be too - hillbilly like she thought they would be. I'm so glad she changed her mind when she met them all! 3y
Lmstraubie @MrsGreen It's easier to not like a place if all you see is the bad. 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Question #3
Howard immediately takes to Charlie. He is happy to be her Backpack Buddy and wants to help her any way he can even when Charlie treats him terribly. How would you describe Howard's character?
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Chelsibno I think Howard is the type of boy who just wants to help others & is always eager to do so. This translates into a caring attitude, as he tries to help & guide Charlie throughout the story. He seems very responsible & rule-abiding, as her takes his duties as Charlie's backpack buddy seriously & always seems mindful of any rules or expectations given by adults. 3y
Smangela When I first started reading I felt like Howard wasn't a realistic characterization of a child, but then I thought about how we only see Howard from Charlie's POV so he probably has his imperfect moments too. Also there are definitely child who take rules very seriously, my 5yo cousin is exactly like that! 3y
Chelsibno @Smangela True! I first felt like Howard was way too saint-like. Throughout most of the book, I kept thinking of him as Saint Howard, patron saint of strays. I think you're right that the perspective the novel is told in has a lot to do with how certain characters are portrayed. 3y
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Smangela @Chelsibno Saint Howard is SO fitting hahahaha!! 3y
Smangela @Chelsibno thinking on it a little further, Charlie may even look at him through rose-colored glasses because of her low self-esteem? Like the things he does seem EXTRA kind and perfect to her because she doesn't have the confidence in her self or how she reacts to things. Not to take credit away from Howard ☺️ 3y
Chelsibno @Smangela That could definitely be true! Kids, especially those with self-esteem issues, tend to look at others through rose-colored glasses. It's easy to view someone as especially good/kind/responsible/mature/etc. when you think you're none of those things. 3y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @Smangela I also found myself wondering how could we all learn to be a little more like Howard. I know people like him and I'm always amazed at how they so easily help other & give them the benefit of the doubt. I think Charlie also begins to see herself in a bit if a better light because of Howard's devoted friendship. 3y
Amie I think Howard wanted/needed a friend and a new person who doesn't have any preconceived ideas about him is a perfect opportunity. 3y
Smangela @Lmstraubie @Chelsibno people definitely influence you, it can be for better or worse. It's such a good feeling when you find someone who encourages and helps you to be a better person. Howard definitely gives her more self-confidence. His belief that she CAN Control her anger is something she definitely needs :) 3y
Smangela @amie That is a great point! It's easy to focus on why Charlie needs Howard and how Howard helps her, but I'm sure her friendship helps Howard too. 3y
Lmstraubie @amie That is a great point! 3y
Peddler410 Howard...I love Howard's character. Yes, he might seem a little too good, but he has a very supportive family which provides his sense of self. That in turn allows him to let things go -- the mean things others say. Having said that...Charlie is just as important to Howard as he is to herz 3y
MrsGreen Um... the best kid ever!! (Although he doesn't have a backbone) 3y
MrsGreen I also think about Howard before Charlie got there. He must have been a loner and the kids picked on him. He is definitely also benefitting from Charlie's friendship like @amie said. 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Charlie spots a dog around her aunt & uncle's house. She finds out it is a stray. Charlie feels like she can relate to the dog because she thinks she is a stray too. Do you see Charlie as a stray? #mgbuddyread

*Note: I'm traveling home from vacation & my mobile data keeps going in & out. I will post as I have connection. 📶

Chelsibno I see a lot of similarities with Charlie and Wishbone personality-wise. I think in Charlie's old life, she was definitely stray-like surviving on the few scraps of affection she was given by her parents. By the time that the story begins, I think Charlie has already found a home, she just hasn't realized it yet. Just as Wishbone ran away & realized that he preferred to live with Charlie, Charlie isn't able to accept her new home until . . . 3y
Chelsibno She is told that she'll be returned to her mother's custody. I think throughout the story, she's a lot like a former stray trying to become accustomed to and accept a new home. (edited) 3y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno Well said! I also thinks she sees herself as a stray because she thinks no one wants her. 3y
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Peddler410 I don't view Charlie as a stray however, I do understand why she sees herself that way. 3y
MrsGreen @Chelsibno I kept waiting for that moment to happen! I think it is so easy to not realize something good until it's taken away (or almost). 3y
MrsGreen @Peddler410 I can definitely understand how she sees herself that way too! I think her aunt and uncle could have done a better job explaining that they were so excited to have a child in their home earlier on. 3y
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Lmstraubie
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Okay #mgbuddyread friends here is question#1

Charlie has experienced a lot of turmoil in her life. What defenses does she use to help her through her day to day life?

Chelsibno Whenever she is met with any social conflict, her first instinct is to respond with physical violence, which she learned from watching her father. 3y
Smangela She copes with making wishes too (along with the angry outbursts like @Chelsibno mentioned); it's become a compulsion and it seems like way for Charlie to avoid dealing with her current family "situation." 3y
Chelsibno That is true, @Smangela. It does seem that whenever Charlie is met with a conflict that can't be solved with her fists (her family situation & her desire to catch the stray dog) her alternative response is to wish, or consider wishing, it was fixed. 3y
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Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @Smangela I agree with you both. I also thinks she shuts down. She comes from a family of little if any communication and finds it difficult to express herself even when she is sorry. 3y
Peddler410 She is reactive -- learned from her dad. She doesn't have the means to talk through her problems. Her wishes are always for the same thing and has become a necessity. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 A good point about her wishes being a necessity. As a kid a lot is out of her control and maybe the wishes give her a little feeling of control in her life. 3y
MrsGreen @Lmstraubie She definitely doesn't know how to communicate. I doubt anyone has ever taught her how to say I'm sorry or how to be remorseful for what she does in anger. 3y
Lmstraubie @MrsGreen You are so right! Until her aunt & uncle she really didn't have much of an example. Maybe Jackie to a degree, but she would have need to learn it too. 3y
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Lmstraubie
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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Good morning #mgbuddyread friends! I will be posting questions in a little bit. Please just respond when you have the time. If you are responding directly to another litten's response please remember to tag them so they are notified of your response. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

JaclynW I am sad because I'm still on hold at the library for this book. 😕 So I won't be able to participate for this one. I have Orphan Island though!! 3y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Sorry it didn't come in on time, but glad you have Orphan Island. Please feel free to add you thoughts about Wish when you've had the chance to read the book. ☺️ 3y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @MrsGreen @amie @Smangela Thank you so much for participating in our 1st #mgbuddyread. I thought the conversation was thoughtful and insightful. I really enjoyed chatting with you. 3y
Lmstraubie There still time to participate if you didn't have time today! We'd love to hear your thoughts. Just tag myself and the above ladies so we know you posted! 😁 3y
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MrsGreen
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Getting ready for tomorrow's #mgbuddyread!

Lmstraubie Yay! I see you have a buddy to read with. 🐶 3y
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Amie
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This was a sweet story. Thanks @Lmstraubie for including me in the#mgbuddyread. I probably wouldn't have read this otherwise.

Lmstraubie @amie So glad you enjoyed it! ☺️ 3y
robinb Beautiful cover! ❤️ 3y
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Hey #mgbuddyread how's it going? I'm looking forward to discussing this beautiful book on Saturday! I'll start posting questions around 9:00 am. Can't wait to hear what you think!

Amie I'm about halfway through and it's good. I probably won't be able to join the discussion until afternoon next Saturday. 3y
Lmstraubie @amie No worries 😊 Just add to the discussion when you can! 3y
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Read4life
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Read this for our #mgbuddyread and it was amazing. Takes place in NC so I now have another book to recommend to customers for local reads.

Sweet, well-written and an engaging read. Nice pick @Lmstraubie

Lmstraubie Now I have to read this one by her. 3y
Read4life @Lmstraubie I stacked it, too. 👍🏻 3y
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Lmstraubie
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A little girl from a broken family considers herself a stray. She finds a stray dog that she is hoping to catch and make a part of her family. But who is her family? What really makes a family. Charlie learns that and more in Wish. I'm looking forward to discussing this next week with the #mgbuddyread group. ☺️

Read4life This was a great pick @Lmstraubie 3y
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Amie
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Finally getting started on this for #mgbuddyread.
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Lmstraubie Yay! 🙆 I think you're going to like it. 3y
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Peddler410
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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So good! I finished reading this morning and I already miss Charlie and Howard.

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Lmstraubie I want Howard's spirit. 💗 3y
Peddler410 @Lmstraubie I know, right? 3y
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Lmstraubie
Wish | Barbara O'Connor

But I admit I felt a smile on my face and hope in my heart, 'cause maybe wishes really do come true. #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I finished this morning. This was a wonderful pick 😊 3y
MrsGreen I picked up mine from the library today!! 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 So glad you liked it! ☺️ 3y
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Lmstraubie
Wish | Barbara O'Connor

You can't judge people for the mistakes they make. You judge them for how they fix those mistakes. #mgbuddyread

Texreader Nice quote. I love it 3y
ABrakes85 Loving the quotes, will definitely need to give this a read 💕 3y
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Peddler410
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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Started this gem today for #mgbuddyread on Audible. I'm SO GLAD I have this to listen to; the narration is lovely! I only used my Audible credit because I didn't think I'd find a copy of the book in time -- we've been on vacation. Just twenty minutes in, I knew I needed this book to be in my collection so I stopped at the indie bookstore on my way to my parents...they had one copy left! I'm now half way.

Laura317 Stacked. It sounds lovely and hopeful and sad all at the same time. When you finish, I'd love to know which format you preferred. 3y
Lmstraubie I love that you connected so quickly with this book that you added it to your collection (and supported a local bookstore at the same time). ☺️ 3y
Peddler410 @Laura317 I plan to stay up and finish the book tonight. I'm loving the audio for the southern accent; however, I lose some of the details while listening. My preferred choice overall will always be print but I've realized listening to books even on short drives to work can be quite enjoyable. Listening while doing household tasks, on the other hand, not always a good idea -- for me 🙂 3y
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TheBookAddict
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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Reading while making pom-poms for a rug I'm making for my stepson's room. #MGBuddyRead

ZoeyPeacock What program is that? 3y
TheBookAddict @ZoeyPeacock it's yourcloudlibrary.com 3y
ZoeyPeacock Thank you! 3y
TheBookAddict @ZoeyPeacock you're welcome. 😊 3y
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Lmstraubie
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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If we could only do this...
#mgbuddyread

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Read4life
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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My #weekendreads 📚. Hoping to finish several of these this weekend but have the beginning of a migraine coming on. My preventatives haven't worked so I may just have to ride this out. 🤕

#Sherlock #serialreader @tjwill @Daisey
#momdaughterread
#agathachristieclub @Bambolina_81
#mgbuddyread @Lmstraubie
#audiobook #newseriesstarter
#favoriteauthor

Cinfhen Oh no... feel better 💕 3y
wordslinger42 I hope you feel better! 3y
Jess7 Hope it doesn't turn into a full blown migraine. Those are the worst. 3y
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Lmstraubie Oh, no. 😕 Feel better. 3y
Tamra Reading is so hard with a migraine. 😑 3y
Bklover Hope it goes away fast! 3y
Read4life @Cinfhen @wordslinger42 @Jess7 @Lmstraubie @Bklover Thank you all. Unfortunately, no reading happened tonight. Hopefully I'll feel better in the morning. 3y
Read4life @Tamra Yeah. No reading happened at all. ☹️ 3y
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Chelsibno
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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I could not put this book down! The story was so touching, and the characters were so compelling. The conflicts Charlie experiences feel incredibly relatable. I loved the writing from beginning to end. I can't wait to discuss this book for the #MGBuddyRead! @Lmstraubie

Read4life Love that blanket. 3y
Chelsibno @Read4life Thanks! My grandma crocheted it for me when I was 9 years old. 3y
Lmstraubie It really tells a heartfelt story. I'm looking forward to our discussion too! 3y
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Chelsibno
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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When they mentioned the town's name was Colby, I automatically assumed the story was set in Kansas. However, they quickly add North Carolina in the narration. Darn, I was hoping for a middle grade book set in Kansas. Then I read this paragraph and thought "Are you sure this isn't set in rural Kansas?" #MGBuddyRead

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Hahaha Apparently rural Kansas is pretty similar to rural North Carolina. I've read O'Connor's How to Steal a Dig and was struck by how perfectly she got the dialect and feel of my area. She lives here and has spoken at the elementary schools where I teach. 3y
Chelsibno @TobeyTheScavengerMonk that's amazing! I wish there were authors who lived near me! 3y
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Chelsibno
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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Here we go! Beginning my #mgbuddyread this morning! No better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee and a great book.
@Lmstraubie

Lmstraubie Enjoy your reading time! 3y
Smangela I kind of love the name Charlemagne. I mean I'm sure I would have hated it as a kid lol and I'm positive I wouldn't saddle my child with a name that intense but still, love it haha 3y
Chelsibno @Smangela I like the sound of the name too, but I definitely wouldn't name my kid Charlemagne. Granted, I think a lot of kids hate their names at one point or another. I still dislike my own name, since no one can ever spell it correctly, and it's impossible to find merchandise with my name on it. 3y
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TheBookAddict
Wish | Barbara O'Connor

"I knew what it felt like to be a stray, not having a home where somebody wanted you." ? #MGbuddyread

Lmstraubie I'm always amazed how we connect to fictional characters and how they touch our lives. 3y
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Lmstraubie
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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Starting this one for our #mgbuddyread
and enjoying (yes, I really do like it lol) a cup of hot water with lemon. #book&drink
#sizzlinsummerbooks @Tiffy_Reads

Chelsibno I love your coffee cup! It's got that awesome school style! (edited) 3y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno Thank you ☺️ It was a gift from a student making it extra sweet. 3y
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Smangela
Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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#mgbuddyread chapter one and I'm already struck by a few things 1. The author's ability to write with a southern accent 2. O'Connor capturing the voice of a child so well 3. This may make my heart hurt a bit while reading 😢

TheBookAddict I feel the same way. 3y
Lmstraubie That is some powerful writing. 3y
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