When wishes are made, I’m the one who grants them. Most turn out fine. A few don’t. That’s not my fault. I always warn them to be careful what they wish for.
Granting wish after wish while never receiving my own has worn me down. I admit it, I’m jealous. Without realizing it, I started taking my bitterness out on my charges. I sent them on wish-journeys that twist into darkness before ending in light. Then came Mandy’s wish followed quickly by Crissy’s. That’s when my life changed, too.
Sticks and Stones
Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.
Break My Bones
Everyone makes mistakes. Crissy’s just might kill her.
Never Hurt Me
Everyone has a wish. Desiree’s just got real.
Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult, coming-of-age novels that blend contemporary settings with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid: she couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, the small town that inspired the setting for Sticks and Stones and Break My Bones. The Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) was her home for many years and now she lives in Colorado with her family where she loves to read, cook and bake, craft, decorate her house, and spend time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
For years hippie-genie Desiree has been living in a sort of limbo, granting wishes for others while never receiving her own. Now ready to walk away from the magical realm, regardless of the consequences, Desiree learns she’s finally going to get what she asked for so long ago, a second chance at life.
She has two choices: her future or her past. She can give up her magical powers and move forward to college and the normal, independent life she’s dreamt of for so long. Or, she can go back to 1969 to when her best friend, brother, and parents are still alive and prevent the tragedies that happened there the first time.
Just as Desiree decides which path she wants to follow, she’s reminded that nothing ever goes smoothly with granted wishes.
A best friend, a boyfriend, and a coveted spot in the talent show. All ordinary things for most teens, but unheard of for Ainsley Blue. For fifteen years, Ainsley zigzagged across the country, moving to a new town every few months, but after more than a year at the same school, she’s sure she finally has a normal life. Then one afternoon, she comes home to find Mum packing, and everything changes again.
Heartbroken, Ainsley sends a wish to the universe. All she wants is to have a home she never has to leave and to understand why they live like drifters. Desiree, a stressed-out hippie genie, arrives to grant her wish but warns that the truth may not be easy to accept.
Ainsley insists she can handle whatever happens, but nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to learn.
Crissy Sheets is trapped. Her best friend wants her to break up with her boyfriend. Her family is excited that she found such a great catch. Crissy thinks Brad is the one but wonders if he really loves her. The last thing she wants is to end up pregnant and alone at seventeen like her mom and older sister did.
Terrified by the future she’s headed for, Crissy makes a wish for a better life. Just a few desperate words uttered as a star shoots by in the night sky. She knows it won’t work, nothing can change fate. But then Desiree, a hippie genie who’s nearly given up on magic, arrives to grant Crissy’s wish by showing her a different path.
Crissy was warned that her life could get worse before it got better. But when things go from bad to worse to nightmare, will Crissy’s wish be enough to save her?
The last time Mandy Matteo broke a rule, her sister ended up dead. Since that day she’s been the perfect daughter and student, doing everything right for fear of the repercussions. Her friends want fun, not perfection, and abandon Mandy for parties and boys.
Now truly alone, Mandy makes a wish to simply be happy. Nothing extravagant, just a whisper to the universe that she never expects will come true. But then Desiree, a hippie genie with her own set of issues, shows up and grants Mandy’s wish by bringing her childhood imaginary friend to life.
Mandy soon realizes she should have listened to Desiree’s warning. Magic wishes have one condition: Once started, they cannot be altered or revoked. No matter how bad things get.
The cross-country move was supposed to be a fresh start for Robin Westmore, the chance to reinvent himself like his parents promised. Except they’re too wrapped up in their new jobs to notice that nothing has changed. In fact, on the first day at his new high school Robin ends up face-to-face with the school’s biggest bully. The exact wrong place at the exact wrong moment and right back into the role of victim.
Hopeless, Robin wishes for it all to stop. It’s childish, wishing on a dandelion, and he knows it won’t help, but things couldn’t possibly get worse. Then hippie genie Desiree grants his wish, a guarantee that now his life will change.
It will, but things always get worse before they get better when magical wishes are involved. Robin can’t take one more minute, though, and finds his own way out.