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The Wishing Game

By Meg Shaffer
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.

“Clever, dark, and hopeful . . . a love letter to reading and the power that childhood stories have over us long after we’ve grown up.”—V. E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, She Reads, Bookreporter

Make a wish. . . .

Lucy Hart knows better than anyone what it’s like to grow up without parents who loved her. In a childhood marked by neglect and loneliness, Lucy found her solace in books, namely the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson. Now a twenty-six-year-old teacher’s aide, she is able to share her love of reading with bright, young students, especially seven-year-old Christopher Lamb, who was left orphaned after the tragic death of his parents. Lucy would give anything to adopt Christopher, but even the idea of becoming a family seems like an impossible dream without proper funds and stability.

But be careful what you wish for. . . .

Just when Lucy is about to give up, Jack Masterson announces he’s finally written a new book. Even better, he’s holding a contest at his home on the real Clock Island, and Lucy is one of the four lucky contestants chosen to compete to win the one and only copy.

For Lucy, the chance of winning the most sought-after book in the world means everything to her and Christopher. But first she must contend with ruthless book collectors, wily opponents, and the distractingly handsome (and grumpy) Hugo Reese, the illustrator of the Clock Island books. Meanwhile, Jack “the Mastermind” Masterson is plotting the ultimate twist ending that could change all their lives forever.

. . . You might just get it.

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Loudly Crying Face
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveBeautiful settingHeartbreakingThought-provokingSexual assaultUnsatisfying plot
Loudly Crying Face“WAAAAAAAHHHHH. This is a book for book lovers for the people who read as children to escape from their real lives. This book was written for me.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedBeautiful settingImmersive settingFeel goodHeartbreaking
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Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“At first I wasn't loving the dynamic of the relationship between Lucy & Christopher. I felt like Lucy was projecting her trauma into her relationship w/Christopher & unconsciously crossing a line given that she's an authority figure in this 7 year old boys life. By the end of the book, I was much more comfortable w/it & rooting for them. Maybe it's because I related too closely to Lucy's trauma, but once I reminded myself that this wasn't real, it became a much more enjoyable experience for me. The skeptic in me was leery of Lucy's intentions & attentions, but she truly had the best of hearts & I wish that was how real life worked. I loved so many of the characters in this book! I related to Lucy on many levels, & while the way she acted at times drove me insane, I was rooting for her. I loved Hugo too! The story of his brother both overjoyed me & devastated me (I won't say why as I don't want to give anything away. Lets just say someone very near & dear to my heart shares something quite special w/Davey.) This was whimsical, & dark, happy, & sad. It was heavy, yet endearing. And of course, Clock Island was amazing & I enjoyed my adventure there. Who wouldn't want to go there?!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveBeautiful settingFeel goodHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuse

About Meg Shaffer

Meg Shaffer is the USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Story and The Wishing Game, which was a Book of the Month finalist for Book of the Year, a Reader’s Digest and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into 21 languages. Meg holds an MFA in TV and Screenwriting from Stephens College. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and two cats. The cats are not writers.

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