I Wish, by Elizabeth Langston
Her stepdad’s dead. Her mom’s falling apart. Clinically depressed. Stealing her money—the grocery money—for her brother’s soccer team. (That hooked us, hard.) She finds a lamp… with a genie, but there’s a catch. Each wish, just one per day, has to be humanly possible, and it won’t be long before he’s gone.
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From the publisher:
What she needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.
Lacey Linden has gotten good at hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. In school, she’s a girl with a ready smile and good grades, but at night, Lacey spends her time dreaming up ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, she stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling conventional wishes, he’s one assignment away from promotion to a new job with more challenging cases. His month with Lacey is exactly what he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the hardest task of all might be saying goodbye.
“Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems…putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters.” –School Library Journal
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