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Author: Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0140349359
Language: English
Pages: 112 pages
Category: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1993)
Rating: 4.7
Formats: azw lit azw mbr
FB2 size: 1930 kb | EPUB size: 1750 kb | DJVU size: 1405 kb
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Series: A Puffin Book. Paperback: 112 pages. Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1993). I really enjoyed Wish on a Unicorn by Karen Hesse. My heart went out to Mags, and I wish I could meet her and be friends with her because it's clear she needs a friend

Series: A Puffin Book. My heart went out to Mags, and I wish I could meet her and be friends with her because it's clear she needs a friend. I felt bad for her that she wants to be friends with some girls in class who may not be so nice. Sometimes we want things because we're looking at them through a distorted lens.

Hannie and I were walking home from school when we saw a unicorn in Newell’s field. It wasn’t a real unicorn.

For Kate and Rachel, who have always believed in unicorns, and for Randy, who has always believed in me. 1. Hannie and I were walking home from school when we saw a unicorn in Newell’s field. There’s no such thing as a real unicorn. It was just a stuffed thing, propped up against the fence post.

Wish on a Unicorn book. Paperback, 112 pages. Karen Hesse is a wonderful, insightful author. I first discovered her books when I read Music of Dolphins back in middle school; it blew my mind. Mags doesn't believe in making wishes. Published February 1st 1993 by Puffin (first published March 1st 1991). Wish on a Unicorn (A Puffin Book). 0140349359 (ISBN13: 9780140349351). Wish on a Unicorn is more subtle–or rather, its uniqueness is less obvious–because it deals with topics closer to home.

I explained about Hannie and the unicorn and making a wish. How you gonna keep someone from stealing that unicorn and making wishes on it themselves? asked Alice, running her hand over the unicorn’s horn. I just wished myself some new clothes, and there they were. I thought about Moochie wanting to turn Brody into a roach last night. The thing about unicorn magic, I explained, is it only works for good people wishing good things. Like if I wished something bad to happen to somebody, it just wouldn’t happen and I’d probably lose my wish for good. How does the unicorn know if it’s a good wish or a bad wish? Alice asked.

Wish on a Unicorn (Paperback). Published February 1st 1993 by Puffin. Author(s): Karen Hesse. ISBN: 0140349359 (ISBN13: 9780140349351).

Praise for Wish on a Unicorn. The dogged struggle of the family in their trailer rings true. Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. and no easy solution is offered. Kids will be moved by the burdens on the oldest girl, who resents adult responsibility and yet finds the loving strength to reach beyond her years.

Karen S. Hesse (born August 29, 1952) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings. She won the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust (1997). Karen Hesse was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied poetry at nearby Towson State College and married Randy Hesse in 1972 before completing her studies. She attended college at Towson University, the University of Maryland and College Park.

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Comments (4)
Kieel
Disclaimer: I have not read the book. My a group of 6 of my 5th grade girls talked me into ordering this book because they've loved 2 other Karen Hesse books this year. The girls LOVED Wish on a Unicorn! Every time we met, they rambled on and on about the book.
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Every day after school Mags has to take care of her little sister, Hannie, who has special needs, and her brother, Mooch, who everyone is saying is a thief. Her mom has to get ready to go to work at her second job in the factory and someone needs to make dinner, do the dishes, clean up the trailer, and get the little ones to bed. Sometimes Mags just wishes it didn't have to be her. When does she get to be a kid? When does someone take care of her? Life isn’t easy when everyone at school thinks you're trash, and the school bully is trying to cause problems for you. When Mags and Hannie stumble upon an old, dirty discarded unicorn in the field coming home from school, Hannie must have it. Mags tries to explain to her that there's nowhere to put it in their trailer. But, Hannie believes the unicorn is magic, and she won't leave it behind. Finally, they take it home, deciding to hide it in a garbage bag. Mooch makes the first wish on the unicorn. Next, Mags wishes on the unicorn because she really needs some new clothes. Hannie doesn't wish because she isn’t sure what she wants to wish for. Mags thinks the wishes are silly, but then there are clothes waiting for her when she gets home. Secondhand clothes appear from her aunt, and they make Mags feel pretty good. The next day more magic seems to be happening. Is it the unicorn? Things seem to be getting better, but when faced with a big decision will Mags make the right choice? Will Hannie ever use her wish? Can wishes really come true if wished on a stuffed unicorn? You will have to decide for yourself.

I really enjoyed Wish on a Unicorn by Karen Hesse. My heart went out to Mags, and I wish I could meet her and be friends with her because it's clear she needs a friend. I felt bad for her that she wants to be friends with some girls in class who may not be so nice. Sometimes we want things because we're looking at them through a distorted lens. Mags feels bad about herself and her home life, and I think this makes the popular girls seem more glamorous. My heart also went out to Mags because she has a lot of responsibility for someone her age. Kids are mean to her sister and brother, but her family is simply trying to just get along day by day. I think kids in fifth grade and up would enjoy this book and would want to be friends with Mags too. It made me realize that we often spend so much time wishing about things we don't have- that we don't see what's right in front of us. When push comes to shove we want our family and those we love to be safe and happy. I have to tell you this book made me cry. I listened to it on audio, and I definitely recommend it to others. The narrator did a wonderful job, and I felt my heart being pulled towards the characters. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
crazy mashine
Teenage Mags has a tough life; considered Trailer Trash by their
country neighbors, she is embarrassed: by not having a father, having to wear hand-me-downs, a sister who is developmentally slow and a kid brother who is branded a thief. Working two jobs Mama doesn't have time to be there for her children or sympathetic to a teen's social problems.

One day after school the sisters discover a dirty, stuffed unicorn leaning against a fence post in a field. Immediately Hannie claims the disreputable creature as her own--perhaps sensing that this throw-away animal needs her love and protection. Mags realizes that
the idea that a disheveled unicorn could actually grant Wishes has a childlike appeal. Realistic Mags knows that this is utterly impossible, but part of her secretly hopes that it Might be true. Oh, if each one of the maligned siblings could have one wish each...

It is left up to the reader to decide if the filthy toy possesses any real magic, but some of the kids' wishes come true quickly--or is it just coincidence? Mags comes of age as she wrestles with more responsibility than a girl her age should have to shoulder while trying desperately to be accepted by a popular pair of girls. She feels dragged down by peer accusations that little Mooch is stealing food, and by the cruel observations that Hannie--whom she dearly loves--will never be normal. Yet why is this special-needs child suddenly happier than she has been in a long while, even talking more? It is from flawed Hannie that Mags learns the source of real magic and the mostimportant things she should cherish about her outwordly limpoverished life. The real magic was waiting to be found closer than she ever dreamed.
Cae
This is a wonderfully told story that deals with the love of family and hope through the eyes of a young girl and her siblings who are living in poverty with their mother. The three children are dealing with difficult problems-the younger brother has been accused of stealing, the younger sister is dealing with a learning disability of some kind, and the older sister desperately wants to fit in with more well-to-do and snobby girls at school. Pulling away from her family in her attempts to fit in the other girls, Mags is led to rediscover magic and possibilities. Over time and in response to a crisis I won't give away, Mags also learns to accept her sister's vision of magical hope and her brother's understanding of trust.