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Book Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper



Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

About the Book: When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash’s carefully constructed life upside down.

While every part of Ash’s life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone’s old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Cost: $16.99


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My Review: When Ashley found out that her best friend is moving away and was unable to join her at camp. She knew she was going to have a bad summer when her mother arranged for 7 year old Claire to come and stay with them.  She found out that Claire was a demanding little girl, but she went out of her way to help and teach Claire.  While going through her mom’s junk down in the basement, Ashley stumbles upon a magic jar full of wishes. She read out one wish which magically transported her to the past, where she views another friendship between another Ashley and her friend Shue, experiencing their own funny, strange, and painful summer.

While becoming a silent observer into the relationship of these two best friends she learns a few things about herself and friendship along the way.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.





About the Author: Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.



August 26, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Magic wishes and friendship, sounds like a wonderful book for tweens that will probably teach them important lessons about the value of friendship and what being a friend involves.

    Comment by Merry | August 26, 2015 | Reply

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