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Bullied at his new school, Max takes refuge in daydreams featuring himself and King, a large, brave, devoted (and fictional) dog. When the mysterious shopkeeper at Wishworks Inc. offers Max a wish, he asks for “a real, live dog.” Soon his mother gives him a dog so small and ugly that Max calls him Ratty. Max’s second wish, for Ratty to go away, is quickly granted when the dog disappears. Max’s third wish takes a little more time and thought. As one might expect, Max learns to be careful what he wishes for, but he also becomes a bit more reflective in general about himself and other people. Max’s friendship with a classmate develops more slowly and realistically than in some comparable chapter books; meanwhile, engaging scenes and plot twists keep the story moving along in interesting directions. The many illustrations, though not seen in final form, have plenty of visual appeal. A lively, accessible chapter book. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Stephanie Tolan won a Newbery Honor for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES, which was also an ALA Notable Book and a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. She also won the Christopher Award for LISTEN! She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A lively, accessible chapter book.. -- Booklist Quick pacing, large type, and frequent illustrations make this accessible for less experienced or more reluctant readers as well. . . . . Give this to the dreamers and the dog-lovers. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The book offers solace to children coping with trouble at home or school. -- OCFamily Magazine A lively, accessible chapter book.. -- BooklistQuick pacing, large type, and frequent illustrations make this accessible for less experienced or more reluctant readers as well. . . . . Give this to the dreamers and the dog-lovers. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The book offers solace to children coping with trouble at home or school. -- OCFamily Magazine

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