Wish You Weren't

Wish You Weren't

by Sherrie Petersen

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Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother�s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149279234
Publisher: Sherrie Petersen
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 138
File size: 960 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

SHERRIE PETERSEN still believes in magic and she loves to write (and read!) stories that take her on fantastic adventures. In addition to writing middle grade novels, she moonlights as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of
two children. She spends her free time watching movies, driving kids around and baking cookies. Or eating them.

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Wish You Weren't 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that WISH YOU WEREN'T by Sherrie Petersen is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Marten couldn’t believe it. A wish he made on a star actually came true – and he feels awful about it. He wished that his little brother, Aldrin, wasn’t there. While at a museum, Aldrin just… Faded away. Marten and his best friend, Paul, meet a strange man named Tör, who says that he will help them get Aldrin back. Using watches that can control time, Tör, Marten, and Paul go through time, trying to undo what happened. When Tör’s star he comes from starts to die, and signs of Aldrin start disappearing, it’s up to Marten and Paul to stop Aldrin from disappearing forever. This was a very good time travel book. Ms. Petersen’s plot has no holes and her description of the story puts the reader right in the middle of it. I like books like this – a little bit of magic, a little bit of time travel, a lot of adventure. It was a great read. I like Ms. Petersen’s writing style. She gets into the mind of an 11 (almost 12!) boy very easily. Marten is a great character and, speaking as a 12 year old boy, he acts very realistically. I understand why he does everything he does. I also like Tör – he is mysterious and I love the idea of him being in charge of making sure the wishes made on his star come true. The book was appropriate for all ages. I think a lot of kids (and adults) will love this story. *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Petersen is an extraordinary novel for children. It follows the live of Marten and it begins one starry night. Marten has an annoying little brother who is always getting him into trouble. As a shooting star passes by on a starry night, Marten makes a wish. He wishes that his annoying little brother was not here and that is exactly what happens. When the realization finally sinks in, the mystical Tor who granted the wish takes Marten and his friend Paul through time at various stages throughout their lives. It quickly becomes apparent that Aldren has become stuck in limbo and the race against time begins to save him. On this journey of self discovery, Marten learns that his little brother Aldren is not that bad after all. Things can only change after Marten changes his way of thinking and he discovers more than he ever would have imagined. Sherrie Petersen delivers a captivating read in Wish You Weren't. The book is funny and upbeat and the reader becomes lost in the world of Marten. The plot was cleverly thought out and the theories of the stars and constellations make the book more intriguing. In one small moment, Marten changed things forever and only after a touching journey of self discovery can he make things right. The author has a very special talent as she engages the reader quickly and I think any child will find this book astounding. I not only felt what the author was trying to portray, but I think a child would be hooked. The simplicity of the story combined with the mysteries of space make for a truly wonderful read.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 I have been trying to find more middle grade books to read and share with my son, and I think this may be a good one.  In the book Marten is eleven (almost twelve) and I think that would be a good age to target for this book.   The book starts out with Marten, his best friend Paul, his little brother Aldrin and his mom laying on the grass outside of a hotel in Texas in the middle of the night.  They are watching for a meteor shower and according to Marten's mom, if you see one you are to make a (silent) wish.  Marten has been doing this for years with his mom and so he is kind of bored. He doesn't believe in wishes and finds it ironic that his mom, a scientest, does.   As things often go between siblings, Aldrin and Marten get into a fight. Towards the end of it, Marten sees a shooting star and makes a fierce wish that he wishes his brother wasn't there. When he opens his eyes he is a little disappointed, but not surprised to see his little brother still standing there.  But sometimes wishes take time to come to fruition and it isn't until the next day that Aldren disappears right in front of their eyes.  Well, you can imagine that Marten and Paul are distressed as they can't believe what they have seen.  Soon, a spirit being from the star that was wished on appears and a series of adventures ensues as Marten tries to figure out how to get his brother back and undo the wish. This was a quick book to read at 150 pages and I finished it in one sitting.  I really thing my son would like it as it is quick, with lots of information about space, stars and super novas. There are also some subtle lesson squeezed in along the way about love, family and responsibility.  At the end you will find an index with links to lots of things "space" like a meteor shower calendar, links to the Hubble telescope, the Spitzer telescope and the solar system.  I must admit I have already visited some of the links provided. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in return for an honest review, and honestly, I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. I saw this cover and immediately remembered those wonderful star-watching nights with my parents on camping trips. This initial feeling was right on with the first pages of the story.  I love it when covers get it right. Marten has had enough of his little brother, and who can blame him? The kid just broke off the head of his prized action figure! A few seconds later, when his mother has him wish on a star, it's no wonder Marten wishes that stupid little brother was never born. Then the wish comes true, and Marten must find away to get his brother back again.  I felt for Marten, and I think any kid with younger siblings will. Even those brothers and sisters who get along better than best friends have times where they just wish the other would disappear. Of course, they don't mean it--and neither did Marten. As the horror of what has happened hits Marten, I felt it too. And when he launched his quest to try to save the little boy, I could only root and cheer Marten on. Of course, he doesn't have to save his brother alone. Marten has his best friend on his side (one that's true-blue through and through) and a wish spirit from another planet, who reminds me a bit of a hair-brained professor. To his defense, the spirit is battling some pretty heavy problems of his own, ones that make Marten's mission even more difficult. This spirit added a quirky mixture of wisdom and humor--I couldn't help but liking him. When I first picked this book up, I was sure it would be based more in reality (more of a contemporary). I was a little surprised at how fantastical the journey becomes and thought maybe less would have been more at times. Marten is thrown through time and dimensions--never much, usually just little bounds of a few days and miles. The light space feel and the little bits of astronomy, which were thrown in, gave the entire thing a nice atmosphere. There's tension and humor, twists and turns. Nothing ever works out as Marten had hoped, and every step forward turns out to be backwards instead--so, there's definitely tension. But still, I did catch myself skimming several paragraphs, especially toward the 2nd half of the book. I felt that some scenes could have simply been a little more adventurous. But in general, the story pulled through on a jet through space and time. Summed up, this is a lovely story with a lot of imagination. Kids will easily relate to Marten, especially those with siblings and fans of wishing stars.