Better to Wish

Better to Wish

Book - 2013
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In 1930 Abby Nichols is an eight-year-old girl growing up in Maine, but as the Depression deepens, and her mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of her family falls to her, and she has to put her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer on hold
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545359429
Branch Call Number: JF Mart
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 23, 2020

I love the family tree series

Apr 28, 2018

This is the first book in the Family Tree Series by Ann Martin. I really enjoyed all four books. The family starts in Maine, next generation moves to New York City, the next generation to Princeton, NJ, and in the final book they return to Maine. The authors deals with lots of family issues: an abusive father, death of an infant sibling, a depressed parent, death of a childhood best friend, relocating, and death of a parent. The family comes back together despite their grief, differences and geographical distance. The author shows the importance of families.

Jan 15, 2017

The first book of the Family Tree series is an amazing start to the series. Such a great plot and detail. I could see what was happening while I read the book. The Second Generation ought to be as good as the First Generation. The book has a lovely ending, though I'm dying to know what happens after. If you're considering reading this book, I say you should go ahead and find out how interesting this book is! :)

ArapahoeKati Jan 02, 2017

Wow! I was pleasantly surprised by this gem of a novel. So surprised, and so hooked, that my Sunday afternoon was gone in the most delightful way. I'd love to read this one to my kids someday, especially because it deals with a lot of tough issues while still being positive.

Jun 18, 2016

This book and the entire series are some of my most favourite books. But if you can't take life and death pressed onto a girl to young, then I would advise you to stay away from this. I cannot put this book down once I have it. The way Martin makes her chapters out of memories from ages 8 to 20 is the best way that it could've been written. My family and I have nicknamed it "Family Tragedy"

Dec 21, 2015

This book was very good but very sad. Might be a bit of a downer for some readers. the is much bad stuff that happens to the main characters in the novel. Each chapter presents a year or so in Abby's life from a 8 to her being in her 20s. A really good emotional read.

Nov 10, 2014

it's a great book

Oct 15, 2014

I think this will be a good read


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