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Title:
Careful what you wish for
Author:
McCarthy, Maureen, 1953-
ISBN:
9781741758573
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Publication Information:
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2010.
Physical Description:
294 p. ; 20 cm.
Abstract:
From a master storyteller, here is a warm and funny, yet heartfelt, novel for younger readers. 11-year-old Ruth is stuck with a family who just don't understand her. It takes a magical encounter with the sharp-nosed and even-sharper-tongued Rodney the Rat to help her see what's really important. They felt the oncoming trains way before they saw or heard anything. The bridge would shudder a little and then there would be a clanking that built to a roar. Ruth and Mary Ellen would hold hands and shut their eyes. 'Here it comes, Ruthie! Here it comes!' 'And it's coming for us!' 'Make a wish!' 'You too. Make a wish!' Ruth adored her Aunt Mary-Ellen. Mary-Ellen travelled to exotic places, wore stylish clothes and read interesting books. And Ruth felt as though she was the only one who really understood. But now Aunt Mary-Ellen is gone and Ruth is desperate to escape from her annoying family and so-called friends. Just when she thinks there's no way out, help arrives from a very unexpected quarter. But just how helpful is it to get exactly what you wish for? A moving, warm and funny story about family, friends and coming back home.
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