#TheWishingWorld by @Todd_Fahnestock on tour with @jeanbooknerd #review and #giveaway


“Whimsical and imaginative, with just the right mix of humor, heart, and adventure. The Wishing World is everything you could wish for in a story–and so much more!”–Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn’t know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster–and Lorelei’s mom, dad, and brother–were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It’s a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti–a wish-maker–who can write her dreams into existence.

There’s only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he’s determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.


Mama Says:
This was such a fast paced journey through a land of fantastical creatures that I would have absolutely loved to call home as a child.  Though written with a middle grade audience in mind, I felt completely engrossed and grew attached to the characters as an adult. Grace is a wonderfully human protagonist, facing the unknown with a mixture of fear and bravery, not letting defeat enter her realm of possibilities lest she be overtaken with grief once again.  Far too often we discount the young as unable to take on great evils, unable to understand important lessons, and I appreciated that the author presented neither of these ideas within his pages.  Fahnestock has used his own brilliant imagination to bring to life The Wishing World.   A world of secrets and sacrifices, growth and truth, this is not a journey one may take lightly, but it will remain with them forevermore.  I will absolutely be adding this to our daughter’s library right alongside some other fantastic adventure novels with talking beasts and brave young women.

TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd’s greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

And our special treat- thanks to Mr. Fahnestock for letting us know his 10 favorite books he read in the past year:

  1. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
  2. Astonishing X-men – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
  3. Stalking the Angel – Robert Crais
  4. Invincible Ultimate Collection 2-3 – Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley
  5. The Mighty Avengers – Brian Michael Bendis, and Frank Cho
  6. Spirit’s Key – Edith Cohn
  7. The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  8. The Winter Room – Gary Paulsen
  9. The Elfstones of Shannara – Terry Brooks
  10. The First Rule – Robert Crais





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