When the magical wishing corporation known as the Sky Castle Network and Enterprises (a.k.a. the SCENE) agrees to grant him his ultimate wish to be someone different, he must work for his reward. Becoming a super-powered agent for the organization, Will teams up with a celestial wish agent with delusions of Hollywood stardom, a shape-changing half-Genie, a narcoleptic Dreamweaver and a stick-in-the-mud wish lawyer.
Together, they grant the wishes of Will’s classmates and family members, helping the same people who pick on Will every day. As if these challenges weren’t enough, there’s a mystery surrounding his peculiar grandmother and a malevolent force bent on enslaving humanity. Will might have to fight not only for his wish but also for the entire world!
I read Wishing Will along with my two kids and we truly enjoyed the world Harvell created. The fantasy of having beings with the ability to grant wishes and humans who can tap into that power was a magical tale full of wonder and excitement.
Will is an easy going and kind kid trying to navigate his way through the awkwardness of school. He doesn’t fit in at school and to make matters worse he feels invisible at home. His popular older sister pretends he doesn’t exist, the school bully is constantly messing with him, his eccentric grandmother is oblivious to her surroundings and his parents are too busy to take notice. Will feels disconnected so he makes a big wish hoping to become someone else but that wish brings much more into his life that what he could have ever imagined. He goes from lost kid trying to hide to someone with a great power and unique abilities. He has new friends from another world who work for a wish granting company and his life is now full of adventure, danger and mystery. He’s helping grant other peoples wishes while trying to protect his grandmother and keep an evil wish granter from taking control over the human race.
The book had a great underlying theme of dreaming big, working hard and being selfless. It touched on the angst kids feel as outsiders and how looking at things from a different perspective can help you channel those negative feelings into positive ones reminding us that we all belong to something bigger, have something to offer and that none of us are perfect. It’s a magical, heartwarming and funny story I recommend to kids and to adults who want to get in touch with their inner kid.
notes). In many ways, the work of an artist is like his or her child. Now my little ones are ready to play with the big kids.