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Wish on All the Stars

Scholastic. Jul. 2019. 224p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338195774.
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Gr 3-7–Juliet, Emma, and Carmen are set to make more wishes come true in their community in this sequel to See You on a Starry Night. The beloved local bookmobile needs saving, so the girls devise a plan to raise money to help pay its rent for the year. Emma’s idea is to hold an arts and crafts fair with one of the booths dedicated to Juliet’s paintings. Juliet is terrified to share her art with the world; what if no one likes her work? Meanwhile, Carmen is acting strangely and seems afraid to confide in the other girls. When it is revealed that Carmen’s mother is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who is facing possible deportation, Juliet and Emma want to do something. But can preteens do anything to help address such a serious issue? Alongide immigration, additional topics include puppy mills, the ethics of keeping animals in zoos, and more.
VERDICT Occasionally, this sequel veers on didactic and saccharine, but it is sure to find an audience with upper elementary children interested in reading about kids who get involved with social justice initiatives. Purchase for most elementary schools, but especially where the first book is popular.

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