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Genuine Sweet

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<div> <i>Savvy</i> meets <i>Three Times Lucky</i> in Faith Harkey’s debut novel—a small-town-Georgia tale of twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, a hardworking but poor (and hungry!) “wish fetcher” who can grant anyone’s wishes but her own. </div>

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Savvy meets Three Times Lucky in Faith Harkey’s debut novel—a small-town-Georgia tale of twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, a hardworking but poor (and hungry!) “wish fetcher” who can grant anyone’s wishes but her own.

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet, of tiny Sass, Georgia, can grant any wish . . . except her own. It's a peculiar predicament, considering how much she could use a few wishes. New friends help Genuine give her family a boost—and then she takes her gift global! Life finally seems to be on the mend. But when she's faced with unexpected trouble that no amount of wishing can fix, Genuine must puzzle out the difference between wishing for a better life and building one.
        Told in the engaging, irresistible voice of Genuine Sweet herself, Faith Harkey’s debut novel spins a remarkable tale of a small-town girl with big-time magic and an even bigger heart.


HMH Books
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Faith Harkey
Publication Date
April, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.10 Inches

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Twelve-year-old Genuin...

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet has just discovered she is a wish fetcher. Wish fetching is in her family-mom and gram could fetch wishes too. She gathers magic from the stars to grant wishes for others, but never for herself. Things go well for Genuine as long as she keeps the wish-granting local, but when a friend convinces her to grant wishes online, it all gets a bit more complicated than she anticipated. Filled with southern charm-the story is set in a small Georgia town-it's sweet, folksy, and moves at a leisurely pace; almost a bit too slow at times. There are a lot of characters, not a lot of action, and a few adult topics-death, cancer, alcoholism, plus a budding romance. These are handled well and are suitable for a book aimed at middle grade and older readers. I was expecting more magical realism and fantasy, but instead this is a sweet story with several lessons about responsibility and growing up.

Average rating:3out of5stars

Genuine Sweet is truly...

Genuine Sweet is truly sweet. She has a drunk for a father, who she basically ignores. She's raised by her grandmother, only passing his drunk father on the porch as she enters the house. Unfortunately, drunks make little money. There's hardly any food, and the idea that things will get better is foolish. Genuine learns that she is from a long line of wish fetchers. Her grandmother teaches her to call the stars. They send starlight that can be used to grant wishes. These wishes cannot be used for oneself. Genuine is fine with that--she's knows a lot of people in her town who need help. A new girl, Jura Carver, is a future businesswoman. She learns about Genuine's ability after asking for her own wish. Jura is able to coordinate big wishes to help the world. There's no stopping them! Genuine begins to feel a little overwhelmed. Once people learn about Genuine's ability to fetch a wish, life isn't the same. People can be greedy and mean. Genuine sees the problems that comes with wish-fetching. As life gets more complicated, Genuine has to make the right choices despite all the chaos around her. This is a really sweet book. If you liked Wonder and A Snicker of Magic, you'll like this book. It's not quite the caliber of those two books, but it is a really nice book about reality and how people should treat one another--which is the real magic.

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