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Genie Kunkle may look like your average fifth grader, but she notices things her classmates don’t. When the school year begins, she’s elected class blogger, and it’s her job to record her class’s “wishes, hopes, and dreams.” But Genie has never been the center of attention, and she struggles to find her voice. What should she write about? Her best friend, Sarah, who’s spenGenie Kunkle may look like your average fifth grader, but she notices things her classmates don’t. When the school year begins, she’s elected class blogger, and it’s her job to record her class’s “wishes, hopes, and dreams.” But Genie has never been the center of attention, and she struggles to find her voice. What should she write about? Her best friend, Sarah, who’s spending more and more time with the boy-crazy new girl? What about the bras, deodorants, shaved legs, and makeup that seem to be all anyone can think about? Then there’s her widower father’s new adventures in dating, and her older brother’s surly new attitude...As Genie writes the blog entries, she starts to figure out the types of things she wants to express, and her own wishes, hopes, and dreams become clearer with every day.The book trailer: interview with Elisabeth:

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Genie Wishes Reviews

  • Claire Caterer
    2018-12-11 18:42

    I absolutely loved Genie Wishes! Elisabeth Dahl captures the rapidly changing world of fifth grade with such humor and insight that the reader falls gratefully into Genie's world, and only reluctantly closes the cover at the end. As Genie manages the many changes in her life--making new friends, letting go of old ones--she learns some gentle lessons that are never offered in a heavy-handed or preachy way. The writing style is funny and the kids are entirely believable, from erstwhile best-friend Sarah to grumbly teenage brother Ian to boy-crazy Blair. But no one is a stereotype; every one of them has depth and feeling. I also enjoyed the fact that Genie's family was a bit unusual, with her grandmother, father, and Ian living in a Baltimore row house. Her classmates' cultural diversity comes off as natural, not forced. And Dahl's whimsical illustrations in the margins make the book even more fun and interesting. I can't imagine a tween who wouldn't fall in love with Genie.

  • Cat Winters
    2018-11-18 12:34

    A JUDY BLUME-STYLE TALE FOR THE INTERNET AGEGENIE WISHES deserves a place on every tween girl's bookshelf next to Blume's ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME, MARGARET? Elisabeth Dahl captures the struggles, humor, and milestones of fifth-grade life through a highly entertaining young protagonist who is honest and real. Whether she's creating homemade aquarium costumes, writing for the class blog, facing the difficult subject of puberty, or navigating the complex, sometimes-painful world of preteen relationships, Genie will have you rooting for her. (Note: This review is based on an advance reading copy I received from the author, and we share the same editor at Amulet Books/ABRAMS. However, my enjoyment of the book is genuine. I truly loved it!)

  • Shannon
    2018-12-08 17:30

    Finally. FINALLY, someone has taken up the Judy Blume mantle of tackling all the complexities of pre-teen life. The cover of this book led me to believe it was a little fluffier than it actually was, which is GREAT because I feel like some families wouldn't let their kids read it if it looked any edgier. Of course, it's silly for me to refer to talking about periods and bra-snapping and makeup and girl bullies as "edgy," but hopefully you understand my meaning.Absolutely necessary in any 4th-5th-6th grade classroom.

  • Lorna
    2018-11-17 14:53

    This was a great book that tween girls are going to love. Readers will relate well to the friendship struggles that Genie is experiencing as well as the puberty issues and discussions that come up. The only reservations I have are about the issues of body weight and image that are very prevalent for a couple of the characters. While I'm happy the main character shrugs them off, I worry what impressionable readers might think. My own fifth grader rarely talks about those things right now and I wonder if after reading this book she might wonder, "Should I be thinking/worrying about that stuff the way Blair and Sarah do?" I'm happy Genie is comfortable in the story, but wonder if her healthy perspective is enough to balance out the loudly voiced negatives. As a parent I'm surely going to circle up after she reads this to get her thoughts.

  • Aeicha
    2018-12-01 16:39

    I adored Elisabeth Dahl's Genie Wishes. This funny, sweet, authentic, and often surprisingly poignant novel, captured my heart in ways that I didn't expect.Genie starts her fifth-grade year excited to spend it with her BFF Sarah who is in her homeroom class. Genie is elected by her peers to be the fifth-grade class blogger and must write a blog post every week or so that deals with the theme of “wishes, hopes, and dreams”. Genie, whose blogger name is Genie Wishes, finds it difficult to blog at first, but quickly finds her voice. But when new girl Blair starts to come between Genie and Sarah, her fifth-grade year gets a lot more complicated. Genie soon finds herself navigating the tween world of boy-crazy girls, bras, deodorant, periods, bra-snapping boys, and dealing with a moody big brother and widower dad with a new girlfriend. Genie's last year of elementary school surprises her in more ways than one.Elisabeth Dahl is a fantastic and bold new voice in middle-grade fiction. She has spun a wonderful story full of laughs, heart, coming of age moments, and endearing characters. Genie Wishes is a story that I didn't expect to love so much and I am so glad that I read it.Dahl writes with a genuine and authentic voice. She has captured the mindset and attitude of a tween girl caught between childhood and growing up perfectly. Genie Wishes is almost 300 pages long, but I quickly devoured it in one sitting, unable to set it down for a second. What I love so much about this story is just how realistic and authentic it feels. Dahl isn't afraid to explore the hard things- from “That” class (sex ed) to a widower parent dating again, to mean girls, to a tween's changing body- and explore them realistically while still keeping her story appropriate for her intended audience. And Dahl brings so much wonderful heart and humor to these subjects as well.Genie is a superb character and I just adored everything about her. She's delightfully endearing, thoughtful, smart, brave, and easy to root for. Plus, she's a blogger, which is just too awesome! Genie is the type of character that always feels real, relatable, and likable. Dahl has really created something very special with Genie and given young readers, especially tween girls, a voice and character to connect with and believe in. The whole cast of characters really shine, from Genie's quirky family to her old and new friends and even to the mean girls.This story, while appropriate for its intended audience, isn't sappy or cheesy and doesn't end all nicely wrapped up, which I really appreciated. It's real, it explores real issues and has a real voice, which isn't always easy to find in MG or YA. But it's also very charming, sweet, and heartwarming.MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Elisabeth Dahl's debut book is a sparkling gem! Genie Wishes will amuse, move, and entertain readers of all ages with its relatable story, charming characters, and dazzling writing.

  • Emily Andrus
    2018-12-02 11:46

    Dahl has captured perfectly the struggles kids face when they reach THAT age. The age where everything starts changing and puberty kicks in. Genie, as a character, has just the right amount humor, fear, courage, and naivete. I wish I had had this book when I was at that age. Even now, I feel that I can really relate my growing up years to Genie and the decisions she has to make with friends and family. Also, I read it in one evening and didn't put it down once. Basically, it's a great book and I recommend it. Granted, remember that it is definitely targeted more towards girls, so you may want to take that into consideration.

  • Michele Knott
    2018-12-01 11:47

    Great story! Girls will love reading about Genie and the situations she is in. I don't think it gets more realistic fiction than this. I recognize issues in the book that I see at school and in my own daughter's life. My only warning to parents is you may want to hold off on this book until your child has gone through "The Class" (as it's referred to in the book) or you've had some version of "The Talk". :) No huge give-aways in the book, but I wasn't quite ready to hand it off to my third grader! I know when she is ready she will love this book, though!Great new author, will be watching out for others by her.

  • Emma Pass
    2018-11-17 12:43

    GENIE WISHES is a charming book. You are right there with main character Genie Kunkle as she is elected as class blogger and has to navigate the ups and downs of fifth grade. The story manages to be both funny and serious, and I loved the quirky illustrations, done by the author herself, that accompany the story. Highly recommended!

  • Nancy Cavanaugh
    2018-11-27 11:39

    Fun school story girls will love! A great book for a mother/daughter read!

  • katsok
    2018-12-06 13:29

    Reminds me of one of my favorite books from childhood - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Awesome.

  • Ally
    2018-12-09 16:40

    I have read this book before, but this is the first time I am reviewing it. Even though the characters are younger than us, it still makes for a pretty inspiring story, and I would recommend it to people who like classic realistic fiction. Cute story, nice concept, good book. It’s also good for rereading.

  • Caitlin Klein
    2018-12-10 17:36

    This is a pretty cute book. It reminded me of when I was in fifth grade and what it was like when I was in 5th grade. This book is modern and updated from when I was in 5th grade but still very similar. I thought it was a little overboard at times but over all, this is a cool book.

  • Jasmine Rose
    2018-11-14 15:56

    I may have liked Genie Wishes when I was Genie's age, but I just couldn't get into it. That being said, I didn't particularly dislike it, I just couldn't connect with the characters or their problems.First of all, I found the writing style to be a little distant. It felt more like a documentation of events from a neutral third-party than a young girl's personal journey and growth through her fifth grade year. When I read I story I want to feel like I'm right there with the characters, like their hurt and happiness is mine as well, and I just didn't feel that for Genie despite the fact that I've been through the difficult friend change process myself many times.There were a lot of characters. So many, in fact, that I had some trouble keeping them all apart. Now, a large cast of characters can work if you flesh them out well enough, but I barely got a feel for Genie let alone the rest of her class.I think I'm probably getting old because I can't remember any of these puberty things happening when I was ten. Do guys really go around snapping girls' bras? This never happened in my class, at any point in time, but do have any of you experienced it? Also, is it really that completely obvious when a girl starts wearing a bra? Maybe I just didn't notice these things, but I'd like to think all the boys in my class didn't immediately notice I was now a proud member of the Bra Wearing Club on the first day. Feel free to correct me down in the comments, though, guys :]One thing I did appreciate about Genie Wishes was the way it eased into things. Nothing happened all at once. Instead of some big fight with her best friend, Genie just started drifting apart from her. I slowly noticed some change in Genie as she went through the year.On the other side of that coin, though, is the lack of a clear plot structure. Everything just kind of blended together for me. I couldn't identify a beginning, a middle, and an end. Things were randomly introduced to the story and then never really end up having a purpose or resolution, such as the stray dog, Lulu, and Genie's dad starting to date.The Nutshell: I recommend Genie Wishes for younger readers who are looking for a story about a girl going through a normal year of school dealing with similar things they might be dealing with. Personally, I couldn't connect with the story or get into the writing style, but that doesn't mean someone else might not enjoy it!Miss

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-11-23 17:30

    Genie Kunkle has just started fifth grade, which is a mixed bag of good and bad experiences. Genie is glad to be in class with her best friend, Sarah, but she doesn’t particularly like Sarah’s new camp friend Blair. She is excited to start wearing a bra, but disappointed in the boys in her class who insist upon snapping the girls’ bras when the teachers aren’t looking. Most of all, Genie is thrilled to be elected class blogger, but when it comes to expressing the wishes and dreams of her classmates, she’s a little bit worried about being too honest or posting something one of the other kids disagrees with. Through it all, though, Genie remains true to herself and to the wishes and hopes she has for her friends and family.This book reminds me a lot of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice books. Both Genie and Alice have single fathers in whom they comfortably confide, and both girls observe the behavior of their classmates from the outside and try to make sense of it, while also remaining true to their own identities. Whereas the older Alice books are beginning to seem dated now, however, Genie is very much a girl of the twenty-first century who must navigate cyberspace as well as her own day-to-day life. While some things about fifth grade remain the same year after year, others change with the times, and it’s nice to have an honest, gentle portrayal of a tumultuous school year from a contemporary-sounding and sympathic voice who lives now, and not 25 years ago.Dahl perfectly captures the in-between-ness of fifth grade, and she carefully rounds out her fictional classroom with every maturity level and special interest represented in any group of ten year olds. The class itself feels real, and even the kids who aren’t always nice to Genie have depth and layers that bring them to life and keep them from becoming villains or scapegoats. This is not just a book about keeping a blog; it’s also a story about surviving fifth grade without becoming a bully, a drama queen, or a victim. Girls in grades 4 to 7 will find a kindred spirit in Genie, and after reading her story, they might just feel more ready to take on the world themselves.Share Genie Wishes with fourth and fifth grade fans of Judy Blume, Leslie Margolis, and Frances O’Roark Dowell, and with readers seeking age-appropriate stories about realistic adolescence experiences.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-12 11:58

    Fifth grader Genie Kunkle faces a problem many students face: Her best friend Sarah suddenly starts spending lots of time with Blair, a new classmate that she met during the summer. Blair is much more worldly than her peers at Hopkins Country Day, and she and Genie simply don't get along. Blair's more interested in flirting with boys, trying out make-up, and watching what she eats, and she manages to attract a following. In typical Mean Girl fashion, she makes fun of just about everything about Genie, from her failure to shave her legs to her name. Meanwhile, Genie is elected as the class blogger, and she forms other friendships. While her initial blogs are rather superficial, over time she begins to address issues that are important to her and her classmates. The author does an admirable job of describing the changes that can make someone such as Genie reexamine her friendships and her own priorities. While Genie does cave in to some of Blair's pressure to act more sophisticated than she really is, in other respects she holds steadfastly to what matters most to her. In many respects this book spoke to my own experiences in junior high when a sophisticated new girl impressed my classmates with the need for make-up and a boyfriend as essential accessories for popular seventh grade girls. Who knew? Certainly not I, in my blissful ignorance of such matters. One of the aspects of this book that had high appeal for me was the fact that Genie doesn't spend a lot of time bemoaning her fate. She tries to figure out her place alongside Blair and Sarah, and then when she can't, she moves on. I also liked how creative she is when it comes to designing costumes for school events. Obviously, there is depth to her that seems to be lacking in Blair, at least the Blair described in the book. As a side note, I was surprised--and impressed--that the fifth graders at this private school attended sex education classes.

  • Heather
    2018-11-18 17:56

    Oh my god, this book brought back so many horrible, awkward memories of 4th-6th grade. Dahl totally nails what it is like to be a 'normal'/kind of nerdy girl in completely forgot about what it's like when you realize half the girls in your class are shaving their legs because That Girl has to point out to everybody that your legs are still hairy. I was reminded of the politics and general horrors of some tween friendships; how your best friend can transform into someone you don't even recognize at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, Genie takes most of these changes in stride. For example, when her best friend makes a new best friend, and the new best friend hates her, Genie is of course disappointed, but starts forming stronger bonds with other girls instead of feeding into drama. She is exactly the kind of literary role model young girls approaching this tumultuous time in their lives want and need. Side note: She is being raised by a single dad. This is not something that is blown up to be a big deal, but is simply presented as factual and normal. I think that is awesome. I didn't think of this analogy, but I saw this book called the Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret of a new generation--and it is totally true. While reading it, I remembered being 9 or 10 years old and reading Are You There, God?, which I mined for information about periods, bras, and parties with boys. While Genie Wishes is for a slightly younger set, you do get a little of that with starting to wear bras, crushes on boys, and going to the dreaded 5th grade sex ed class.Overall, the book is just a little bit simplistic, but is very enjoyable and highly recommended for tween girls. More like 4.5-4.75 stars. :)

  • Rachel Sharpe
    2018-11-19 19:47

    Genie is starting fifth grade with her best friend Sarah this year. She has big plans for the school year, all of which involve Sarah. But Sarah’s friend, Blair, from camp starts attending their school, and Genie suddenly isn’t sure if Sarah is her friend anymore.Plus, Genie has been elected class blogger and takes her role seriously, using her blog to talk about upcoming assignments and random insights she has. Of course, fifth grade doesn’t come without its difficulties--like puberty. Genie is a fairly bland character, enthusiastic about school and her father’s dating life but not really interested in her older brother’s life. She’s totally invested her best friendship, but not quite ready to reach the tween stage. She doesn’t have a crush and doesn’t want to wear makeup. She doesn’t feel ready for a cell phone or a bra. I totally get it. I was that kid, but at least I had some sort of memorable personality. Genie just isn’t memorable. She’s just... there.Not much happens to Genie in terms of plot. Instead a bunch of little things happen to her throughout the course of a year. Granted, this is a realistic book, so nothing can and does happen. But if that’s the case, I expect a trade off. Sacrifice plot for character development. Not the case here. Instead, I got thinly veiled morality lessons in terms of body image, puberty, and values.The nothing plot could be stomachable, if it wasn’t for the lack of sentence variety. Everything was a simple sentence. Yes, it’s a novel for younger children, but even they can understand conjunctions and phrases, especially if used sparingly.

  • Diane
    2018-11-16 19:34

    "Friendships change over time, which sometimes means letting old friendships go."A story that most girls can relate to. Genie and Sarah have been friends forever. But when Sarah goes to camp for the summer, she comes home with a new friend, Blair. Blair is starting at their school in the fall. At first, Sarah spends time with both Blair and Genie. She even encourages Genie to put her name in the hat for Class Blogger. When Genie wins, it opens up a new interest for Genie. But it's obvious that Sarah's interests are changing, too. She's more into boys and make-up and clothes. As Sarah starts to drift away from her, Genie finds that there are other girls in her class with which she can form friendships. "What a good friend she was turning out to be. Not loud or obnoxious or loaded down with presents for me. Just there, in the best possible way." Through all the changes she is going through, she has a supportive family that makes these changes less threatening.Genie is a strong character with her own ideas and she's not afraid to be who she is. This is a good message for girls who are entering the "middle school scene." I also like her Gran's message: "Never hide your smarts ... not from any man." Some of the characters are rather stereotypical and predictable: Blair, the spoiled rich girl; Hassan, the over-achiever; and the fact that the friendship lines seem to be drawn between the "haves" and the "have nots." I like the class blogger angle and wish more time was spent expanding that idea.

  • Anastasia Tuckness
    2018-12-02 14:36

    I liked this book by the end, but it started slow. The writing is choppy--most page spreads have several unconnected scenes on them. At first this really bothered me, but as I kept reading, I realized that today's tweens might find that style of writing easier to relate to. The topics of the book are certainly up to date, and we can definitely use more realistic fiction about girls and their lives at school.The worst part of reading this book was all the memories it brought back from my 5th/6th grade years--although we didn't have blogs back then, we certainly had "friend wars", and we also had the bra snapping issue in our school. Dahl captures the ups and downs of adolescence perfectly!Amazon Summary:This sweet, funny novel follows fifth-grader Genie Kunkle through a tumultuous year. From the first day of school, Genie knows there will be good, bad, and in-between. The good? She's in homeroom with her best friend, Sarah. The bad? Sarah's friend from camp, Blair, is a new student at their school, and is itching to take Genie's place as Sarah's BFF. The in-between? Genie is excited to be elected to write her class's blog, where she's tasked with tracking the wishes and dreams of her class. But expressing her opinion in public can be scary--especially when her opinion might make the rest of her class upset.Elisabeth Dahl authentically captures the ups and downs of a tween girl's life, and the dramas--both little and big--that fill the scary transition between childhood and adolescence.

  • Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
    2018-11-18 13:51

    *Review posted on Mundie Kids on 6/5/2013*Let me tell you about Genie Wishes; I downloaded a copy through netgalley thinking that MundieTween would enjoy. Whoa! Did she enjoy it? I'd say so because she begged, pleaded and promised to help fold all the laundry (not just her own) for the entire year, if only I bought her a hardcopy of the book. She wanted to have it to re-read as she pleased. So what's a mama to do? I, of course, ran to the store and got her the copy. Let's face it, laundry folding is the worst part of that task, so I'm willing to do just about anything to avoid it including using child labor when needed.What did MundieTween LOVE about the story? Well, Genie is not your average tween. She's the type of girl whose Halloween costume is row houses. Yes, you read that right. MundieTween loved Genie because she's smart, funny and adaptable to situations that could be frustrating (like a friend leaving you to make friends with someone else).The class blog's (which Genie writes) theme of "wishes, hopes and dreams" captures that last moment of childhood and the story itself is a good reminder how fifth graders are caught in the last gasp of it. This is a great book for girls who are transitioning into the Are You There God, It's Me Margaret phase of reading. I'm glad that we have it on our shelf because I know my second grader will love this book, too, in a few years.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-23 15:31

    When Genie’s 5th grade class selects her as their class blogger, she’s a little nervous, but does a good job over the months of talking about the things important to their class—like the loss of Junk Food Lunch, bra-snapping, New Year’s resolutions, and what to wear to the costume graduation party. In Genie’s own life, things are changing. Her best friend Sarah is slipping away, lured by the more glamorous Blair and her heels and makeup. Her dad is finally dating. A boy in Genie’s class has started a blog to mock Genie’s, and comment how she doesn’t need a bra. Genie starts hanging out more with Sophie. All too soon, 5th grade is almost over.Blah. I’m sorry, but this book just bored me, and I love gentle, episodic reads. I think the author did a good job of portraying a fairly typical journey through 5th grade at a private school, but that’s the problem—it’s so typical as to be almost without plot. I mean, I liked that it wasn’t huge drama that Blair lured Sarah away, and that Genie found a new friend, but that doesn’t make it all that interesting to read. I think if the setting had been more interesting—like a year in 5th grade in 1900—it would have held my interest more. I think there is an audience for this, since many girls will see their own experiences reflected here, but I just found it very slight.

  • Angie
    2018-11-22 18:29

    Genie has become the class blogger. Her blog has to be about wishes, hopes and dreams. Genie finds that she is a pretty decent blogger and really enjoys it. School isn't nearly as fun as blogging though. Her best friend Sarah seems to have changed over the summer. She met Blair at summer camp and now Blair is going to school with them. All they seem to care about is make-up and boys and each other. Genie is feeling left out and left behind. But she starts making friends with some of the other 5th grade girls and realizes she has more in common with them then Sarah and Blair. I like this story and I think girls are going to like it as well. I do think it is maybe geared towards younger girls even with the 5th grade characters. I wish there was more resolution between Sarah and Genie at the end of the book, but the lack of it does make it seem more realistic. Sometimes friends just grow apart. We have different friends for different parts of our lives. It isn't always easy to make that change, but our new friends are usually good fits and make us happier than our old. I think that is a good message for kids.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2018-11-19 19:56

    Genie has a rocky start to her fifth grade school year at Hopkins Country Day school when her best friend Sarah is thrilled to have Blair, a super stylish girl she met at summer camp, at their school. Genie manages to get elected to write the class blog, but that has its good parts and bad parts. As the year progresses, she deals with many problems, including her widowed father starting to date, her lack of a cell phone, and the growing interest of all the girls around her in embarrassing facets of puberty. She manages to get through all of these occurrences by thinking about them critically and discussing them on the class blog, and with the help of her supportive family and friends.Strengths: This was very true to life when dealing with issues of friend drama and liking boys, and was written in an easy to read and fun way. I can see precocious third grade girls really enjoying this.Weaknesses: Genie lives in an incredibly rarified private school environment, which will make this less accessible to some readers, and the fact that she is so concerned with having a cell phone might date this one quickly.

  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    2018-11-11 11:42

    This book is all about growing up and dealing with the changes that come with tweenhood. Genie is a sweet girl that is just trying to figure things out and remain true to herself in the process. She has to deal with a lot of changes in her fifth grade year. Friend changes, body changes, and interest changes. She has to start worrying about things she's never had to before.This is a look at tween life and the challenges that are presented during that wonderful and confusing time in a girl's life. Genie navigates through everything well and handles her problems in a very grown up way.As far as content goes, there is some dealings with the birds and the bees in an age appropriate way (Genie gets a bra, a two-piece swim suit, and has her first sex-ed class in school) and there is a lot of using the Lord's name in vain. If you are concerned about either of those things, then make sure to read it yourself before giving it to your child.My blog: Books for Kids

  • Natalie
    2018-11-29 17:53

    Surprisingly cute story about growing up. Genie is in fifth grade and lots of changes are coming her way. A new girl at school, Blair, is taking over her best friend Sarah, she's been asked to write the school blog, some girls are starting to wear bras, and her dad has a new girlfriend! It's been awhile since I was in fifth grade, but the whole book felt real. Genie is a sweet girl who is just doing the best she can. There is no melodrama, just normal events that affect tweens. Sometimes people are mean, sometimes immature, and sometimes people surprise you. It shows how cliques start to form and how sometimes it's just time to move on and make new friends. Fifth graders will especially love reading this. I'm not sure how it would work for a read aloud, seeing as they talk about periods, bras, tampons, etc. (Genie has to attend the Maturation Program - the joy of fifth graders every where.) It would be fun to keep in a class library, or buy for your own children. I really enjoyed it.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-18 11:53

    This books follows Genie through all the upheavals of her fifth grade year – her best friend has started being better friends with a boy-obsessed, makeup wearing girl from camp, things with the boys have gotten weird (the boys have started snapping bra straps and they start their “human growth and development classes”), she starts getting teased for being smart and has to handle the pressure of being 5th grade class blogger. What I appreciated about this book was how realistically it captures this weird age to be – the girls still want to do kid stuff like go trick or treating, but they also shave their legs and have crushes and stuff, which I remember exactly – and also how positive it is in its treatment of these changes overall. Solid realistic fiction for girls at this age!

  • Tracie
    2018-11-24 18:39

    Genie becomes the class blogger for her fifth and final year at elementary school. Her entries reflect the friendship changes and challenges she personally, and her class in general, begin to experience. Quietly intelligent in a way that many of these types of stories are not. (You'll find no multiple exclamation points or capital letters to highlight drama.) I really enjoyed reading about Genie and her family and friends. Some sensitive subjects are addressed such as puberty, but they are realistically and thoughtfully portrayed. Older fans of Julia Gillian and Emma Jean Lazarus should enjoy this one.

  • Donna
    2018-12-01 11:58

    Nice contemporary story about all the changes kids go through in fifth grade. Genie is elected class blogger and has the responsibility to record the class’s hopes, dreams, and wishes. She takes it seriously and struggles to do a good job. At the same time, her best friend has taken up with the new girl, the boys are acting strange, and the nurse gives them “the talk.” Told from Genie’s point of view and in humorous fashion with believable characters, Genie Wishes takes the reader back (or into) fifth grade with spirit and fun. Many students are going to relate well to Genie and her friends and enjoy reading about them.

  • Keri
    2018-11-13 16:49

    This is a year or two too mature for Naya, due to the characters being in fifth grade and going through some maturation of their own. Actually, I don't know that Naya ever needs to read it. Fifth graders texting and needing their own smartphones is not a reality we will be encouraging. I pulled this book off the shelf because I thought the author was maybe related to Roald Dahl, but no. The author does deal with some awkward growing up issues well and her protagonist is an awesome example of how to deal with bratty catty girls. So I approve of Genie wholeheartedly....she's intelligent and sees what's truly important in fifth grade.

  • J. Mann
    2018-11-15 16:37

    Wow...this is one stinkin' adorable read! Change stinks. And if you'd like to find out how to handle yourself during some very big changes in your life, read how Genie Haddock Kunkle a.k.a. GENIE WISHES handles it. When the new school year begins, Genie is faced with some major life changes: in her friendships, in relationship to boys, in school, in her body, and in own family. Writing the class blog, Genie weathers it all with such a sense of humor and warmth and patience that I found myself underlining "Genie-isms" to help me in my own adult life!