Title: The Wish Stealers
Author: Tracy Trivas
Copyright Date: 2010
Print Date: January 2010
Book Description (from dust jacket):
Griffin penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes.
This box of labeled pennies comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their own wishes granted....In fact, the opposite of what they've wished for will happen. Griffin must try to find a way to return these stolen wishes and undo the curse if her own wishes are to come true.
But how can Griffin return wishes to strangers who might not even be alive? Her journey leads her to ancient alchemists, Macbeth's witches, and a chance to help people in a way she never imagined, but the temptation of teh Wish Stealers' dark and compelling power is growing stronger. Can Griffin reverse the curse in time to save herself and teh people she loves?
Tracy Trivas's rich and imaginative debut novel introduces a talent as bright and sparkling as Griffin's pennies.
The Author Speaks:
The Wish Stealers is an interesting and (to me at least) new idea. I picked this book up because of the whole stealing (thief) thing — And check out the cover! Anyway, it wasn't what I expected (I hadn't read the blurb), but I enjoyed it anyway.
Griffin is a likeable young girl who works against a difficult situation to do right and good. Actually pretty inspiring for young people (or anyone)... the idea that little 'ole me can do something. That we aren't powerless, even includes children.