Fourteen-year-old Jake Parker discovers an old ship’s lantern that grants him three wishes. The local news captures the moment Jake makes his second wish—so now everyone on the planet knows that Jake has one more wish for anything at all, and it will come true. Public opinion, the media, government agents, crooked politicians, and his own family are soon pressuring Jake hard to make a wish that benefits them.
Liberal-minded adults and teens alike will love Mark Scott Piper’s debut novel, You Wish. Brimming with magical realism, social satire, and wry humor, Jake’s story is about much more than the plight of one teenager. It’s about the power that anyone, young or old, has to truly benefit humanity—even if it means outsmarting everyone else to do it.