The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill BrittainThe Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain

The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree

byBill Brittain

Paperback | May 8, 1986

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A Newbery Honor Book that the New York Times calls "an eerie delight," The Wish Giver is an engaging literary folk story about those who get what they wish for—whether they want it or not.

The people of Coven Tree are no strangers to magic. In fact, the town's very name comes from a gnarled old tree where covens of witches used to gather. Even now, imps and fiends continue to appear, frightening the townsfolk with their devilish pranks. Usually these creatures are easy to spot. They have a particular smell, or sound, or way of moving, that betrays their dark nature.

But Thaddeus Blinn showed none of these signs when he came to Coven Tree. He was just a funny little man who drifted into town with a strange tale about being able to give people whatever they wished—for only fifty cents. There was nothing scary about him. At least, not until the wishing began...

Bill Brittain's tales of the rural New England village of Coven Tree are well loved by children of all ages. The Wish Giver was a Newbery Honor Book; it and Devil's Donkey were both named ALA Notabled Children's Books as well as School Library Journal Best Books. Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders was a 1988 Children's Editors' Choice (ALA B...
Title:The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.38 inPublished:May 8, 1986Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401685

ISBN - 13:9780064401685

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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From Our Editors

"In this account of sinister doings in Coven Tree, Stew Meat (of Devil's Donkey) relates thead a wish fulfilled, and each of whom rued that fulfillment. (A) literary folk story at its best".--School Library Journal. Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book

Editorial Reviews

“This delightfully spooky tale should send shivers up and down the love-to-be-scared circuit. And with good reason. An eerie delight.”