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The Seventh Wish

Last updated Monday, December 12, 2016

Author: Kate Messner
Date of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 1619633760
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2016

Synopsis: Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can't believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they've ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish.

Note to readers:
•  Begin with chapter 3.
•  Summary up to chapter 3: Charlie lives in the Northeast with her parents. She has a sister, Abby, and a few friends, Drew, Dasha, and Catherine. Drew and his grandmother invite Charlie to go ice fishing and she agrees even though she is a little scared of going out on the ice. She catches a small perch fish, and while she is trying to decide if she should keep it, it speaks to her and offers to grant her a wish is she lets him go.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What do you think the characters wish for?
•  What kinds of things would you wish for?
•  Have you ever gone fishing?


•  Otherworldly - seeming to belong to or come from another world
•  Feis - Irish dance competition
•  Novice - a person who has just started learning or doing something
•  Auger - a sharp tool that is used for making holes
•  Diminutive - very small
•  Colander - a bowl that has many small holes and is used for washing or draining food
•  Persnickety - giving a lot of attention to details that are not important
•  Rutabaga - a large, yellowish root vegetable that is a type of turnip

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What does Charlie first wish for?
•  Do her wishes come true?
•  Have you ever wished for something that came true?
•  What is Charlie saving money for?
•  Do yo do any kind of dancing?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a magic fish. Please see Pinterest for instructions on how to fold and cut the body of the fish out of construction paper. Kids can then cut out eyes, fins and a tail to glue to the body.
•  Make a holiday card.
•  See ideas or examples on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/december-2016-winter-and-the-spirit-of-giving/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!