Wish on a Unicorn

Karen Hesse

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Now I didn’t believe a broken-down old unicorn could make wishes come true . . . not for a minute. But what if it could?

Mags has a lot to wish for—a nice house with a mama who isn’t tired out from work; a normal little sister; a brother who doesn’t mooch for food; and, once in a while, she’d like some new clothes for school. When her sister Hannie finds a stuffed unicorn, Mags’s wishes start to come true. She knows the unicorn can’t really be magic, but she won’t let anything ruin her newfound luck—even if it means telling her own sister to believe something that can’t possibly be true.

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“The dogged struggle of the family in their trailer rings true . . . and no easy solution is offered. Kids will be moved by the burdens on the oldest girl, who resents adult responsibility and yet finds the loving strength to reach beyond her years.”—Booklist
 
“With colorful regional language and clear psychological insight, Hesse’s debut ranks with Betsy Byars’s Pinballs and Cynthia Voight’s Homecoming in describing families surviving as best they can under economic privation.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Hesse captures the spirits of a stalwart young heroine and her family.”—School Library Journal
 
“A compassionate story of a poor family who are rich in solidarity and spirit.”—Horn Book Guide

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Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. She has received honors including the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

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Wish on a Unicorn
Karen Hesse

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
March 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312376116
ISBN10: 0312376111
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 128 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 730LL
F&P Level A-Z: T
AR Quiz Number: 134190
AR Book Level: 4.7
AR Points: 4

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