About The Wish and the Peacock

The wish and the peacock

Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.

My review

I love reading books for middle grade kids that adults can love too! There were so many things about this book that I loved.

I loved the characters! Paige is the main character, and the reader sees everything through her eyes. She is a young girl, her father has died, and Paige feels that the all the work on her family’s farm is her responsibility. I loved the way she felt so much ownership in her farm. It was also kind of sad that Paige had such a huge burden.

I loved the way Paige, her brother Scotty, and her friends get creative when trying to save Paige’s home. I had to laugh at all the crazy things they do to keep people from wanting to buy the farm. And Paige’s solution at the end might have been my favorite part.

The author did such a great job with the setting! I felt like I was transported back to my growing up years, I only grew up about a half hour from where this book was set. That was kind of fun for me!

You’ll have to read this book yourself to see how the peacock comes into the plot, but I loved the peacock parts!

If you have a middle grade reader, they’ll love this one! And so will you.

I was sent a copy of The Wish and the Peacock as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

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About the author

Wendy S. Swore and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when her farming chores give her time to plant seeds in her imagination. Wendy Swore is a member of SCBWI. She was named the Idaho Farm Bureau District 1 Woman of the Year in 2018.

Visit the author at WendySwore.com

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