What would you do if your dream life became reality?
A dream is a wish your heart makes . . . when your life is in desperate need of a makeover. Nick Dashaway would know. Either he makes it big this year in seventh grade or he risks being a nobody forever.
Enter the Greentree Middle School Talent Show, hosted by teen sensation Josh Frost. The show might just be Nick's ticket out of loserville. But popularity doesn't come easy, and when Nick is forcibly ejected from the stage, he feels like he's out of options. Desperate to avoid a permanent seat at the geek table and continued inattention from the love of his life, Nick chooses the only option he has left: he makes a wish.
Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes—and Nick's about to find out why.
"Noël writes this Christmas comedy with lots of zing and bubbling humor. . . An amusing Christmas story for preteens."
"Noël has crafted a quick, compelling, energetic modern-day fairy tale for every tween who has ever wished for fame. In the delightful vein of
Freaky Friday, there is a lesson here about satisfaction and gratitude, but it runs second to a charming, funny, often surprising, and very current Cinder-fella story. This is a Hollywood blockbuster waiting to
"Told in an easygoing, conversational style, the text is appealing and chock-full of humor. A unique twist on the typical holiday story, perfect for readers wondering what their dream life would be like."
—School Library Journal
"Readers will enjoy getting an imaginary backstage pass to Nick's indulgent new world, and his mix of swagger and uncertainty make him an entertaining narrator... The giltz and glamour of Nick's wish lets readers contemplate the current state of celebrity while helping camouflage the message that the grass isn't always greener, even when it comes with a mansion and chauffeur."
"Noël's story is a much-needed one, providing an introspective look at the uncertainty that young tweens go through, when they're trying to balance innate drive and the desire to be liked. Nick's journey, as he goes from questioning the merits of his actual life, to the wish-fulfilled pop star life are funny and eye-opening, as he learns about personal relationships, and what he wants and doesn't want from life. Noël has some genuinely spectacular dialogue detailing Nick's transformation...Ultimately, his growth will help readers reexamine their own lives too."
—The Reading Nook
"Nick catches the spirit—and sharing that spirit isn’t a bad way for readers to while away some winter break vacation days."
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, (December 2016), ISBN: 978-0553537963