The Wish Giver (Paperback)
Three Tales of Coven Tree
HarperCollins, 9780064401685, 192pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
A Newbery Honor Book that the New York Times called "an eerie delight," The Wish Giver is an engaging literary folk story about those who get what they wish for—whether they want it or not.
The people of Coven Tree are no strangers to magic. In fact, the town's very name comes from a gnarled old tree where covens of witches used to gather. Even now, imps and fiends continue to appear, frightening the townsfolk with their devilish pranks.
Usually these creatures are easy to spot. They have a particular smell, or sound, or way of moving, that betrays their dark nature.
But Thaddeus Blinn showed none of these signs when he came to Coven Tree. He was just a funny little man who drifted into town with a strange tale about being able to give people whatever they wished—for only fifty cents.
There was nothing scary about him. At least, not until the wishing began...
About the Author
Bill Brittain's tales of the rural New England village of Coven Tree are well loved by children of all ages. The Wish Giver was a Newbery Honor Book; it and Devil's Donkey were both named ALA Notabled Children's Books as well as School Library Journal Best Books. Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders was a 1988 Children's Editors' Choice (ALA Booklist), and Professor Popkin's Prodigious Polish was named a "Pick of the Lists" by American Bookseller.
Mr. Brittain has written many other delightful books, which have also received high acclaim. Among these are All the Money in the World, which won the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award and which has been adapted for an ABC-TV Saturday Special; and The Fantastic Freshman, which was named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Bill Brittain lives with his wife, Ginny, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Praise For The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree…
— Starred Review)ALA Booklist
★ “The plot unfolds in short, suspenseful chapters ... the brisk pace of the action makes this a pleasing addition to American folklore, and the nine excellent illustrations are shadowy, misty, spooky, yet full of humor.”
— Starred Review) School Library Journal
“A highly original fantasy The wonder and humor of the story are finely evoked by animated charcoal drawings conveying atmosphere and a sense of mystery.”
— The Horn Book
“A literary folk story at its best. Folksy, fascinating, and fun.”
— The Kirkus Reviews
“This delightfully spooky tale should send shivers up and down the love-to-be-scared circuit. And with good reason. An eerie delight.”
— The New York Times