Creston Books

April 2020

$17.99 USD

275p hb

ISBN: 978-1939547620

Wishes, Dares, & How to Stand Up to a Bully

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

from Creston Books...

This poignant novel in verse crystallizes a boy's worries about his father, MIA in Vietnam. His family, new best friend, and a bully unexpectedly all help Jack find the courage to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

Eleven year old Jack misses his Dad who is MIA in Vietnam. It's been months since he and his family had word of his whereabouts. The last thing Jack wants to do is spend summer with his grandparents. Mom believes it will be good for them all -- Jack, his sister Katy, Mom, Gran and Pops -- to be together while they wait for word about Dad. Keeping busy will keep them out of trouble and help them think of other things.

Jack expects the worst summer of his life. The first summer without. Without Dad, without friends, without his room and all the things that remind him of Dad. When Jack meets a girl named Jill - a girl with a brother who makes trouble for both of them - things they believe are turned upside down. Welcome to a summer of fishing, camping, bullies, and a fish who grants wishes. A fish that could be the answer to Jack's problem. But when Jill makes wishes of her own, things don't turn out the way they expected. Every wish has a consequence. Will the fish grant Jack's biggest wish? Will Jack be brave enough to ask?

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