Granted by John David Anderson | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Magic isn’t what it used to be.

redstarANDERSON, John David. Granted. 336p. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. Feb. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062643865.

Gr 4-6 –Magic isn’t what it used to be. Though once upon a time, fairies could grant any wish they liked, today, owing to dwindling levels of magic, those decisions are the purview of the Great Tree. As a result, only a few of the humans wishing on shooting stars or birthday candles realize their heart’s desire. Today, Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets, an untried young member of the Granter guild, has the chance to delight one human—and prove herself. Sent from the fairy realm to the human world with an arsenal of high-tech supplies and strict orders from her supervisor to adhere to regulations, she’s tasked with making 13-year-old Kasarah Quinn’s dream of a new bike a reality. But the mission becomes more complicated when the essential element (a nickel that Kasarah threw into a fountain when she made her wish) goes missing. This engrossing adventure moves quickly, plunging its heroine into one near-death scenario after another. Determined yet inexperienced Ophelia is a relatable underdog character, as is her sidekick, Sam, a dopey but enthusiastic canine. Interludes between chapters flesh out the fairy world, a hilarious blend of the magical and the bureaucratic. Anderson weaves in a subtle message about free will as earnest, by-the-book Ophelia’s eyes open and she considers disobeying the rules and granting another wish. Her journey of self-discovery will resonate with young readers newly grappling with the idea that right and wrong aren’t always clear-cut. ­VERDICT An enchanting addition to any middle grade collection.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal This review was published in the School Library Journal February 2018 issue.

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