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E-book Details
  • 03/2014
  • B00J1PTZPG
  • 150 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2014
  • 9781494766825 B00J1PTZPG
  • 150 pages
  • $7.99
Wish You Weren't
Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference. Until his annoying little 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.
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In this diverting blend of science and magic, 11-year-old Marten grumps when his mother, an aspiring astronaut, urges him to wish on a shooting star during a meteor shower. It’s never worked before, but Marten gives it a go, wishing away his annoying six-year-old brother, Aldrin. At a science museum the following day, Aldrin suddenly fades away, and Marten’s parents and other museum patrons become frozen, statuelike, in time. A pale man with a glowing stopwatch (who turns out to be a wish-granting “star spirit”) approaches Marten and his friend Paul, whisks them back in time to meet a younger Marten, and brings them to a limbo where Aldrin awaits a decision on his future. Though first-time author Petersen’s story flits through time and space, it’s easy to follow, and the pieces snap together neatly. Marten’s remorse at wishing Aldrin gone, his determination to save his family, and his banter-rich friendship with Paul all combine to ground the novel. Petersen supplements her passing references to constellations, supernovas, and NASA telescopes by including links to websites for readers to explore. Ages 8–up. (BookLife)
Erik Weibel – This Kid Reviews Books

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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.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Readers' Favorite

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 journey of self discovery can he make things right...The simplicity of the story combined with the mysteries of space make for a truly wonderful read.

San Francisco Book Review

Sherrie Petersen has written a real page-turner of a middle-grade novel...a perfect summer read. The kids will love it, but parents might want to borrow it as well.

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09/28/2014
Join me at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival

I'm so excited to be part of this event! Last year the Festival featured over 135 booksellers, educational exhibitors and related vendors and more than 39,000 people attended. It's the largest single day children's book literacy event in North America! I'll be speaking on the Middle Grade / Teen / YA Stage at 10:15 a.m. and signing books at Booth #116 all day!

Formats
E-book Details
  • 03/2014
  • B00J1PTZPG
  • 150 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2014
  • 9781494766825 B00J1PTZPG
  • 150 pages
  • $7.99

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