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On St. Patrick’s Day, Ryan says out loud, “I wish I didn’t have stupid piano lessons.” Someone answers, “Saints be praised. ’Tis done.” In an instant, his piano teacher’s house—along with his teacher, Miss Talbot, and his classmate, Angela—are gone! Rafferty McGill, a small, strange man in a green vest, pants, and felt hat, says he is responsible. Ryan can’t believe his eyes or his ears: The strange little man claims he is a leprechaun! And now that he has granted Ryan’s wish, Ryan must grant Rafferty’s wish for...
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The Curse of Rafferty McGill

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Ryan says out loud, “I wish I didn’t have stupid piano lessons.” Someone answers, “Saints be praised. ’Tis done.” In an instant, his piano teacher’s house—along with his teacher, Miss Talbot, and his classmate, Angela—are gone! Rafferty McGill, a small, strange man in a green vest, pants, and felt hat, says he is responsible. Ryan can’t believe his eyes or his ears: The strange little man claims he is a leprechaun! And now that he has granted Ryan’s wish, Ryan must grant Rafferty’s wish for a pair of shoes. It all has something to do with an ancient curse!
 
Readers will laugh out loud at Rafferty McGill’s antics and share in Ryan’s frustration as he tries to sort out this St. Patrick’s Day mess. Can Ryan bring back Miss Talbot and Angela? If he doesn’t, he may be stuck with one unhappy leprechaun—for life!

When a leprechaun grants Ryan O'Connor's wish one St. Patrick's Day, Ryan must find a way to grant the leprechaun's wish in return or his piano teacher, her house, and another student will be gone forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rafferty McGill, a leprechaun, appears to Ryan O'Connor on St. Patrick's Day. Ryan is late for his dreaded piano lesson and Rafferty grants Ryan's wish of not having to go to his lesson by making his piano teacher's house disappear. The malevolent leprechaun turns out to be under a curse and insists that Ryan find him a pair of shoes in order to break the spell and grant Ryan's second wish to restore his piano teacher's life. Ryan is being questioned by the police and must keep the often obnoxious Rafferty under cover in his tree house. Ryan's quest to solve his problems carries readers through many funny situations which readers will laugh along with. This is a fun fantasy read for a holiday with limited chapter books celebrating it and should be a hit with those looking for a quick and playful read. 2003, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 to 14.
—Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Ryan O'Conner knows that he is supposed to practice the piano, but he always puts it off. When it is time for his lesson, he doesn't want to go. Suddenly his piano teacher's house disappears and the boy discovers that his "wish" has been granted by a mischievous leprechaun who is under a curse, caused by his own procrastination. Before Rafferty will grant the boy's second wish-to put the house back-he insists that Ryan break the spell by giving him a pair of shoes. Ryan hides the leprechaun in his tree house as he tries to figure out where to find the footwear. Meanwhile, the police want to question Ryan about the missing house. Luckily he finds a way to meet Rafferty's demands and all is restored to normal. MacMillan does not develop the characters beyond stereotypes. Rafferty is devilish, but is more annoying than funny. The story lacks any real suspense, as readers never doubt that Ryan will succeed. The moral is obvious, but not heavy-handed. Decent black-and-white pencil drawings appear throughout. This modern St. Patrick's Day story may appeal to die-hard leprechaun fans, but Debbie Dadey's Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball (Scholastic, 1992) is a more entertaining and interesting choice.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480461062
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Dianne MacMillan grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in education. She taught elementary school for many years. For more than twenty-five years, she has devoted her time to writing books and stories for children. Among her titles are books about endangered animals, California history, and holidays. One of her favorite holidays is St. Patrick’s Day. She lives in California with her husband. 
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