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Wish You Well by David Baldacci

07th December 2007

Wish You WellBaldacci is a well-known author, most recognized for his political thrillers such as Absolute Power. In Wish You Well, he takes a break from the action in Washington DC, and writes about a small town in the mountains of Virginia. 12 year old Lou and her younger brother Oz are sent to live with their great-grandmother after an auto accident, which killed their father and left their mother in a coma. Life on their great-grandmother’s mountain farm is totally different from New York City. But Lou and Oz come to love their family farm, and when it is threatened, they will do anything to get it back.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are colorful, and the story immediately draws you in. The story is told from the children’s perspective, but it’s not at all childish. Although I don’t agree with Baldacci’s theory that if you wish hard enough, you’ll get what you want, he still has a lot to say about hard work, family and integrity. I’m sure I’ll be trying another one of his books soon.

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