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The Wishcatchers (Kelpies) [Paperback]

Carol Christie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Book Description

11 Mar 2011 Kelpies
Antonia is sick of being bullied by Rosie, a mean girl at school. So when new girl Clarissa joins the school, Ant wishes Rosie would pick on her instead. But in Ant's seaside village they have a special way of making wishes: children write down their wish, put it in a lobster creel and row it out to Wishcatchers Point. Any wishes that disappear really do come true. But is it just coincidence or do the Wishcatchers really exist? When Rosie starts to bully Clarissa, Ant realises her mistake and tries to help. Perhaps if they can find out why Rosie is such a bully, and make her wishes come true, they can all become friends. And will the strange shell necklace that Ant has found help them to finally uncover the mystery of the Wishcatchers? This is a wonderful story of friendship and magic that will enchant its readers.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (11 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863158013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158018
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,021,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In Ant's village, Wishcatchers can grant wishes, sometimes with unexpected consequences ... The book mixes magic realism and mystery with the daily life of friendship, school dynamics, and family ... Both major and minor characters are fully realised, flawed but likeable. This is a compelling, engaging story about friendship and wishes that will appeal to a wide range of readers.' -- Booklist, American Library Association 'This is a great story of friendship, family and tolerance, with a little bit of bullying behavior thrown in. Upper elementary and lower middle school students will identify with the characters and the emotions of the girls.' -- Curled Up With a Good Kids Book blog 'This is a book about friendship that is filled with magic and mystery, The Wishcatchers is a story that teaches us very valuable lessons we sometimes tend to forget.' -- Inis Magazine

About the Author

Carol Christie was born and brought up in Lanarkshire. She has lived and worked in France, Germany and Luxembourg, but now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two children. The worst nightmare she ever had was of going on holiday and forgetting to pack any books. The Wishcatchers is her first book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great new book 27 April 2011
By Eloise
Always looking for new books for my 7 and 9 year old to try. This was great, quite a bit of scene setting but the story was easy for them to follow. All the girls want to know now is what happens next in the school holidays - surely there are more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for More 14 Dec 2011
I used this story as a class reader for my composite P1-7 class.

They really enjoyed the story - they felt it could have been set in their area (NW Scotland) and identified with all the characters. The story was about Antonia, a girl who is being bullied by some of her classmates. When she wants to escape the bullying she goes to Wishcatcher's Point and sets a wish that someone else would be bullied. But how will she feel when her wish comes true .... ?

The story explores the complex emotional issues involved with bullying and it led to many interesting discussions with the children about appropriate behaviour and what you should do if you feel you're being bullied. Interestingly their feelings were not black and white on the issue.

This book treats the seriousness of bullying in a sensitive way and in the end you have sympathy for both the bullied and the bullier. A well written and researched book - it's a fantastic read and the class can't wait for Carol Christie's next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wishcatchers 17 Aug 2011
I read this book in 3 days. I read it in 3 days because it kept me gripped to the extent that I could not put it down.

The story focuses on Antonia, a girl who is being bullied at her local school. In order to escape the hustle and bustle of her life she spends nearly all her time down at Wishcatchers point. The Wishcatchers are hooded figures who come ashore at night and grant the wishes of others. they all wear a shell necklace, which interestingly enough, is what Antonia finds in the early part of the book. A new girl called Clarissa comes to stay in the village and Antonia makes a wish that Rosie would bully her instead. The wish comes true and Antonia is full of remorse after she and Clarissa become friends.

Some time later, they discover the reason for Rosie being a bully is she herself is getting bullied by her older brother and her parents do not believe her. The two girls try to help Rosie and get the Wishcatchers to grant her only wish.

This book highlights for me the seriousness of bullying, having been bullied at school myself, hoping for a miracle and the true importance of friendship. A wonderful read. But once you get to the end of the book, you too will be "wishing" there was more!
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