- Paperback: 352 pages
- Age Range: 10 years and up
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (5 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471121658
- ISBN-13: 978-1471121654
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Wish (13 Treasures Prequel) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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"Touches of humor [and] plenty of peril...." ""Kirkus Reviews"""
"New fans will be so intrigued by the way in which magic ebbs and flows in this novel...." ""The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michelle Harrison is a full-time writer. She is a former bookseller and editorial assistant. Originally from Grays in Essex, she has a degree in illustration, and lives in Oxfordshire with her partner. Her debut novel THE THIRTEEN TREASURES won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2009. She has since published two sequels, THE THIRTEEN CURSES and THE THIRTEEN SECRETS, as well as her teen novel UNREST.
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With Michelle’s last book, Unrest, it looked like she was turning her back on her younger readers for something that was sheer terror to the bravest of adults and all the more brilliant for it. So when it was announced that her next book was to be a return to the 13 Treasures world ‘for younger readers’ and not just that but a prequel involving the story of Tanya younger than she was in the first, original, and award-winning book from 2009, I really was wondering what to expect, and how this could possibly work.
This book is not just a story for younger readers, it is a story for readers of every age, and it doesn’t hold back. When Tanya Fairchild arrives in Spinney Wicket she can already see fairies, and she learns that she has the second sight so is not so surprised when she encounters the Wishing Tree who delights in speaking in rhyme and wordplay. When she meets Ratty, she gets up in an adventure that is dark and dangerous and has lessons for us all about the importance of imagination, creativity, and the sense of self. As I read this book, whilst understandably gripped by the story, I also found myself nodding to the genuine insight into how life is, and found myself wanting to quote this line, and that phrase. A prequel to Tanya’s story, yes, but an adventure that in no way could have been written first.
Oh, and it’s also a book that might, just might, get children eating their Brussel sprouts!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
In One Wish, we travel to the land of Spinney Wicket (I love that name!) with Tanya and her trusty companion, Oberon (her dog). Tanya has been tormented by fairies her whole life. Not the cute, glowing kind that yell "Hey! Listen!" when in peril, but little mischief makers with hairy toes that sew all the openings to her clothes shut and change the answers on your homework. She has never met anyone with this second sight until she meets Ratty, who is accompanied by a fairy that serves more as a rascally guardian. Oh, and then there's this rather poetic tree you can wish on. Once.
As usual, I have to mention the cover art. I've been researching who the cover artist is and I can't seem to find it. If I do, I will definitely post it. Regardless, I love the cover. It's magical and delightfully colorful. I love the boxy artistry and how it manages to be both innovative and simple at the same time.
I totally want to live in this whimsical world Harrison has created. The characters were appealing and I loved how she filled in the conventional plot hole of kids-whose-parents-aren't-in-the-picture and made things more realistic by adding Tanya's mother and even her dog. Although, I probably wouldn't have brought my pet along with me to go fight magical creatures unless said pet was a magical creature itself. I loved the fairies, even though they were little tyrants who seemed to make people's lives more difficult. And some of the villains were extremely creepy, but we like creepy here at The Indigo Quill so that only enhanced the storyline.Read more ›
Tanya Fairchild, star of The 13 Treasures and its two sequels, can see fairies. They've never been particularly nice to her and, as far as she knows, she's the only one with this ability. She sees them everywhere she goes, even when she goes on holiday to stay in Spinney Wicket with her mum. There's something living under the floorboards (the delightfully named Thingy), and four fairies who always appear when she least expects them to, including one that looks very much like a small, snuffling pig (yay!). Tanya soon meets a strange boy at an even stranger tree, and suddenly she's thrown into a dangerous fey adventure that could change everything forever...
So! Where to begin? The new boy Tanya meets is called Ratty, he can see the fey and has a fairie companion named Turpin. Ratty is fantastic - I love him - but Turpin is the best thing about One Wish. She's a tiny, meddlesome, mischievous fairie who's fiercely loyal, super cute and Ratty's protector. Every word that comes out of her mouth is like gold dust, and I quickly fell in love with her. I'm a big fan of fairies anyway (thanks, in part, to Michelle Harrison and her books) and have read about many, and I can safely say that little Turpin is my favourite. I wish she was real!
The whole setting of One Wish is brilliant, with Spinney Wicket being much like Tickey End. How cool are these names, by the way?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
grand daughter and I - both enjoy this book - have bought the series
Not toooo fairy but an introduction into folk lore
Ordered yesterday arrived today!😀 looks good. I've heard great reviews on the book. I'm sure my daughter will enjoy it.Published 7 months ago by piggy83
this bok was what started me reading i loved this book it was just so unreal but amazing at the same time i couldnt put it down it was just amazing and now i read all the time !Published 15 months ago by Rex Royd
Amazing book, I'd recommend this to anyone, though it's a shame Ratty didn't show up in the thirteen treasures trilogy, maybe it's a sign of more to come! Read morePublished 18 months ago by marcia denny