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Posted April 2, 2013
Genie's story is funny, heartfelt, and absolutely relatable--perfect for anyone who's ever lost a best friend, found a new one, or been a fifth grader. I would have loved this book as a 10-year-old reader, and I love it even more now!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2013
I absolutely loved Genie Wishes! Elisabeth Dahl captures the rapidly changing world of fifth grade with such humor and insight that the reader falls gratefully into Genie's world, and only reluctantly closes the cover at the end. As Genie manages the many changes in her life--making new friends, letting go of old ones--she learns some gentle lessons that are never offered in a heavy-handed or preachy way. The writing style is funny and the kids are entirely believable, from erstwhile best-friend Sarah to grumbly teenage brother Ian to boy-crazy Blair. But no one is a stereotype; every one of them has depth and feeling.
I also enjoyed the fact that Genie's family was a bit unusual, with her grandmother, father, and Ian living in a Baltimore row house. Her classmates' cultural diversity comes off as natural, not forced. And Dahl's whimsical illustrations in the margins make the book even more fun and interesting. I can't imagine a tween who wouldn't fall in love with Genie.