275pp, B&W

5.5in x 7.5in
Juvenile Fiction

8 to 13
April 2020







Age Range:



Wishes, Dares, & How to Stand Up to a Bully

By Darlene Beck Jacobson

    This poignant novel in verse crystallizes a boy's worries about his father, MIA in Vietnam. His family, new best friend, and a bully unexpectedly all help Jack find the courage to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

    “A beautiful story about love, loss, courage, and hope. I was hooked from page one.”

    — Trudy Ludwig, bestselling author of The Invisible Boy

    “Provides wisdom that can guide readers with their own challenges. Stepping into the lives of these characters reminded me of the importance of friendship, the power of wishes, and that heroes are all around us.”

    — Darlene Andre, 5th-grade Teacher, Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin

    “A lovely lyrical tale of friendship, courage, hope, and a one-eyed fish.”

    — Marina Cohen, author of A Box of Bones


    "A big-hearted tale about the need for family, friends, magic, and the courage to wish for what you really need."

    — Laurie Calkhoven, author of Roosevelt Banks, Good-Kid-In-Training