BOOKS
The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams
304p. S. & S./Aladdin. Feb. 2019. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781534416918.
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Gr 4–6—Grace Chang, Audrey McKinley, and Harlow Carlson used to be the best of friends, but that was before, when the small town of Clarksville really was "the place where the people who love you live." Clarksville just hasn't been the same since the fire that burned the factory to the ground, taking numerous jobs and the life of Grace's dad. So much has changed since then. Now the former friends barely speak, Harlow is a social outcast, and Grace is about to move across the county. But the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams has arrived for its annual visit and everyone agrees there is something magical about the carnival. That's why the three girls are each determined to respond to the secret messages they've received asking them to meet someone at the Ferris wheel at midnight. Lundquist offers a touch of young romance, a dab of friendship and family drama, and a happy ending that tweens will gobble up. However, like a day at the carnival, this story can be a bit too sweet at times. Ethnic diversity is implied through the cover art and some of the character surnames but is not central to the character development.
VERDICT Recommended for medium to large collections in need of light friendship stories.

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