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Author McCarthy, Maureen, 1953-

Title Careful what you wish for / Maureen McCarthy
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2010


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Description 294 pages ; 20 cm
regular print
Series Premiers' Reading Challenge Years 5 and 6
Summary From a master storyteller, here is a warm and funny, yet heartfelt, novel for younger readers. 11-year-old Ruth is stuck with a family who just don't understand her. It takes a magical encounter with the sharp-nosed and even-sharper-tongued Rodney the Rat to help her see what's really important. They felt the oncoming trains way before they saw or heard anything. The bridge would shudder a little and then there would be a clanking that built to a roar. Ruth and Mary Ellen would hold hands and shut their eyes. 'Here it comes, Ruthie! Here it comes!' 'And it's coming for us!' 'Make a wish!' 'You too. Make a wish!' Ruth adored her Aunt Mary-Ellen. Mary-Ellen travelled to exotic places, wore stylish clothes and read interesting books. And Ruth felt as though she was the only one who really understood. But now Aunt Mary-Ellen is gone and Ruth is desperate to escape from her annoying family and so-called friends. Just when she thinks there's no way out, help arrives from a very unexpected quarter. But just how helpful is it to get exactly what you wish for? A moving, warm and funny story about family, friends and coming back home
Analysis Australian fiction (Australia)
Notes "Ruth thought she had problems... until the day her wishes came true"--cover
Audience Juvenile/Primary
Subject Adventure stories, Australian.
Children's stories, Australian.
Children's stories.
Families -- Fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Social relations -- Fiction
Wishes -- Fiction.
Wishes -- Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form Action and adventure fiction.
ISBN 9781741758573 (paperback)