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Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

Jeanne Betancourt; Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

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The morning of Ava Tree's eighth birthday begins the same as always . . . only different. Today, Ava makes wishes and they come true. It's A for Amazing!

First, she wishes that her pet rabbit, Tibbar, will use the toilet instead of his messy, annoying litter box . . . and he does. Then she wishes that her best friend's very proper mother will not ruin her very improper backwards birthday party by making it forward, upside up right, down side down, and right side out . . . and she doesn't.

Can Ava wish for anything she wants on her birthday--and every day after that--and have it come true? What if her biggest wish is to undo the saddest thing in her life so far (and possibly forever)? Can that wish come true, too?

It couldn't hurt to try.

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I remembered how Tibbar used the toilet when I wished it. How Mother Purhfect changed her mind about coming to my party when I wished it. And how Reed Dimster didn't come to my party when I wished it. Now it was time to make my official birthday...

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Praise for Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

“Betancourt (the Pony Pals series) balances the fanciful and the real throughout--the thrill of Ava's wishes coming true versus her pangs of longing for her parents…kids will embrace this bighearted novel and its thoughtful, resilient narrator.” —Publishers Weekly

“Young readers will find simple sentences, straightforward chronology and Dominguez's black-and-white illustrations to reinforce and break up the text, but Betancourt slips in some narrative challenge, leaving them to wonder: Does Ava really have such power or is it all coincidence? This sophistication, Ava's unusual situation and the realistic depiction of young people carrying on after a terrible loss set this book above the usual chapter-book fare.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Using the common three-wishes setup could lead to a predictable lesson about being careful what you wish for, but Betancourt allows Ava to learn from her choices without the intrusive I-told-you-so voice of the adult. The first-person story is an easy read, just right for the new reader, but the fully realized secondary characters and the poignancy of Ava's longing for her parents give it depth. Since author Betancourt is an old hand at series fiction, I hope my wish for more stories about Ava will come true.” —The Horn Book

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About the author

Jeanne Betancourt; Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

JEANNE BETANCOURT is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, including, the Pony Pals, a chapter book series that has run for more than ten years and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She's also received Emmy nominations and other awards for her television and movie scripts. She lives in New York City where besides writing, she likes to paint and tap dance. If Jeanne had wishing power, the first wish she'd make would be for everyone who reads Ava Tree to have three wishes a day, too.

Jeanne Betancourt

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