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One True Wish

One True Wish

Current price: $18.89
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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A dash of fairy magic brightens this heartfelt and bittersweet middle grade novel about three friends confronting their deepest wishes from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate.

Phoebe is a wish-granting fairy who doesn’t believe in children. Birdie, Gem, and Van are sixth graders who don’t believe in fairies. But deep down, each of them has a wish.

Birdie and Gem have been best friends forever, but now things are changing, and Birdie doesn’t know why. Birdie feels left behind, while Gem feels she’s growing up too fast and no one understands what it’s like. Van is lonely, far from their friends in Ireland who never thought that being nonbinary was such a big deal.

When Phoebe crash-lands in the woods nearby, the three kids must race against the clock to restore the fairy’s powers and get her back home. They’ll have to summon a new kind of magic to save Phoebe and their friendships—the magic of their deepest, truest wishes.

About the Author

Lauren Kate is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of over ten novels, including the young adult paranormal romance series Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and their Carolina dog. Visit her at

Praise for One True Wish

"Four tweens navigating personal troubles must help a disgraced fairy return to her realm in this lightly fantastical novel . . . Kate fittingly centers the four kids, thoughtfully developing each of their personalities and conflicts, and providing grounding realism to the fanciful, wish-granting premise."
— Publishers Weekly

"In this heartwarming tale about friendship, fairies, and family, the story of Van, Birdie, and Gem is lyrically told. . . the characters are rich and carefully crafted . . . Recommended." 


— School Library Connection

"Told through alternating points of view and swiftly paced, the book homes in on understanding and acknowledging the real reasons why we want things. . . It steers clear of becoming a tired allegory about adolescence, instead thoughtfully focusing on navigating the challenges of changing bodies and relationships. . . A charming and engaging story in which friendship prevails."
— Kirkus Reviews