Wish by Joseph Monninger

Wednesday April 20, 2011

by Joseph Monninger
November 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: Bee’s brother, Tommy, knows everything there is to know about sharks. He also knows that his life will be cut short by cystic fibrosis. And so does Bee.

That’s why she wants to make his wish-foundation-sponsored trip to swim with a great white shark an unforgettable memory.

But wishes don’t always come true. At least, not as expected. Only when Bee takes Tommy to meet a famous shark attack survivor and hard-core surfer does Tommy have the chance to live one day to the fullest.

And in the sun-kissed ocean off a California beach, Bee discovers that she has a few secret wishes of her own. . . 

Pontifications...With the recent release of the Movie Soul Surfer which is about surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack, but was determined to keep surfing. I remember a book in my review pile that sounded something like it.  While the main character in this novel isn't a shark attack victim herself, the story is still just as touching and inspirational.

Tommy doesn't live his life like a cystic fibrosis victim and Bee is determined to see that he has every option to fulfill his shark-obsessed dreams. When the trip Tommy wins to see sharks in their own habitat goes bust and their mom is sidetracked by a new man in her life, Bee knows its up to her to find a way for Tommy to live out his dream. 

With a mother who isn't exactly nurturing its obvious that Tommy and Bee rely on each other for emotional support which results in a bond that is clear and true. They have no doubt of each others intentions and on the quest to fulfill Tommy's wish their respect and love for each other is clearly visible.

A coming of age story for both brother and sister as they both deal with Tommy's impending death and Bee falls in love for the first time. Despite what could be an overwhelmingly depressing the topic the story is actually uplifting and inspirational. Yes, I teared up a few times but I was smiling right up to the last page. 

Well written and full of interesting shark facts! Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


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