The story begins with Griffin Penshine, a rather sweet girl who believes in making wishes. She wishes for all sorts of things to come true like for her mom to have a baby girl and for her new school to smell like chocolate chip cookies. But one day in an dusty shop an old woman gives her a mysterious gift of eleven pennies. What Griffin comes to realize is that each penny she now owns was once a wish that was stolen.
The only way to undo the stolen wishes is to try to return the wishes to someone else. Until Griffin can return the pennies all her own wishes become the opposite of what she wished for. Griffin must figure how to return the stolen wishes in order to make her own wishes come true. But can she make it happen before it’s too late?
This story is full of creative fun and imagination. The idea that throwing a penny into a fountain to make a wish come true is easy for children to relate to. Griffin’s own wishes seem to pale in comparision when she comes face to face with the enormity of what not returning the stolen wishes could mean for her own family. Her character is believable and genuine as she deals with the idea that she must undo wrongs done in the past. She learns a lot about what really matters to her, family and friends and what really doesn’t, being popular and selfish.
Another detail that made this book so believable was that it features an actual charity aimed at collecting pennies. Pennies for the Planet is a charity that collects pennies to save conservation lands. In the book Wish Stealers Griffin teams up with her science partner Garrett to create a fundraiser for Pennies for the Planet. You can join in by clicking the link to learn more about starting a fundraiser in your area to collect pennies to help save the planet. Everyone has some spare change and even a little bit can make a big difference!
Thor and I really enjoyed the book. As he says “It was really, really good.” The book is available for sale now at retailers. As an extra bonus I’m going to give away five copies and all you have to do is tell me that you’d like to win one in the comments. The giveaway will end Tuesday at 11:59 pm eastern time. Good luck!
Have you ever thrown a penny in a fountain and made a wish? Did your wish come true?