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  • ISBN: 9781984852205
  • ISBN: 1984852205
  • ISBN: 1984852213
  • ISBN: 9781984852212
  • Physical Description: 265 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2020]

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"Newt Gomez has a thing with bears. Last year, he survived a bear attack. And this year, he finds an unusual bear statue that just might grant wishes. Newt's best friend, Ethan, notices a wishbone on the statue and decides to make a wish. When it comes true, Newt thinks it's a coincidence. Even as more people wish on the bear and their wishes come true, Newt is not convinced. But Newt has a wish too: while he loves his home on eccentric Murphy Island, he wants to go to middle school on the mainland, where his warm extended family lives. There, he's not the only Latinx kid, he won't have to drive the former taco truck--a gift from his parents--and he won't have to perform in the talent show. Most importantly, on the mainland, he never has bad dreams about the attack. Newt is almost ready to make a secret wish when everything changes. Tackling themes of survival and self-acceptance, Newt's story illuminates the magic in our world, where reality is often uncertain but always full of salvageable wonders."--Jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    Baker's thrilling caper introduces readers to 13-year-old Newt, who feels out of place as the only Latinx kid on Murphy Island. Despite having good grades and friends, he wants to transfer to the mainland high school and live with his extended family. Newt suffers from PTSD after surviving a bear attack, so when a mysterious bear statue, purported to grant wishes, surfaces in the lake, it turns his world upside down. Baker's feel-good novel explores trauma, identity, survival, belonging, and friendship in a world that may or may not harbor actual magic. The characters and setting are infused with the author's personal Latinx experiences, resulting in a whimsical island neighborhood that Newt is tempted to leave in order to let go of his past. Fans of The Goonies and treasure-hunt adventures will revel in Baker's vivid and diverse characters, snappy dialogue, and mystical clues that arise as Newt decides what things in life are worth holding on to and what need to be let go. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kim's first book, Pickle, has been selected for many reading lists and was a finalist for the CBC Children's Choice Book of the Year and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. When she was 13, she lived above an old movie theater and drove a rusty VW van for odd jobs. Now she and her family live in Seattle near beaches and tide pools, but usually far from bears. Visit her at

Subject: Bears > Juvenile fiction.
Hispanic American boys > Juvenile fiction.
Wishes > Juvenile fiction.
Islands > Juvenile fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino.

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