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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking
by Ali Sparkes

So far we have received 24 reviews of Wishful Thinking. You can read them below.

Abby from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Kevin Rutley is an average teenage boy and while on a trip to
the watermill at the River Ouse, with his Nan, he writes a list
of things he wants on a napkin from the tea room. The list
reads:
WHAT KEVIN RUTLEY WANTS:
1. Nintendo Wii
2. To be cool
3. Emma Greening to notice me
4. A dog
5. Mum and dad to get back together
6. Better Skin
7. To be good at sports
8. That gooey thing on my toe to go
9. World peace and all that 10.
Not to be covered in sick
Kevin realises that most of these things won’t happen and he
accepts it. When it is time to leave, Kevin places the letter
on the top of his bag full of gifts for his mum and a toy dog
from his Nan but the wind carries it away and it lands in the
River Ouse. Little did Kevin know that the river is home to an
ancient god that would mistake his silly scribble for a prayer
that had been cast into the waters for the god to find and
grant Kevin’s wishes! What will Kevin do when he is faced
with a god named Abandinus that asks Kevin to worship him,
create a hymn for him and get him some followers! In return
Abandinus says he will grant Kevin’s wishes, he does grant
some of them. Although they don’t always turn out to be as
great as Kevin thought they would be…
I love Ali Sparkes! I have read ‘Frozen in Time’ and
‘Dark Summer’ and I thought they were both fantastic!
‘Wishful Thinking’ didn’t disappoint. It was great! I
love how Ali uses real things to create a story, like the old
Celtic gods in this book and the caves in ‘Dark Summer’!
‘Wishful Thinking’ was funny and from the first page to the
very last page it was so exciting! I couldn’t put it down!
What happens to Kevin near the end of the book is really
gripping and you just have to keep reading. BRILLIANT!!


Marks out of 10: 8

Abby S. from Year 5, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Kevin Rutley is an average teenage boy, and while on a trip to
the watermill at the river Ouse, with his Nan, he writes a list
of things on a napkin from the tearoom. The list reads:
What Kevin Rutley Wants:
1. Nintendo Wii
2. To be cool
3. Emma Greening to notice me
4. A dog
5. Mum and Dad to get back together
6. Better skin
7. To be good at sports
8. That gooey thing on my toe to go
9. World peace and all that
10. Not to be covered in sick

Kevin realises that most of these things won't happen and he
accepts it. When it is time to leave Kevin places the list on
top of his bag full of gifts for his Mum and a toy dog from his
Nan, but the wind carries it away and it lands in the river
Ouse. Little did Kevin know that the river is home to an
ancient god that would mistake his silly scibble for a prayer
that had been cast into the water for the god to find and grant
Kevin's wishes! What will Kevin do when he is faced with a God
named Abandinus that asks Kevin to worship him, create a hymn
for him and get him some wworshippers? In return, Abandinus
says he will grant Kevin's wishes. He does grant some of them,
although they don't turn out to be as great as Kevin thought
they would be....

I love Ali Sparkes! I have read 'Frozen in Time' and 'Dark
Summer' and I thought they were fantastic. 'Wishful Thinking'
didn't disapoint! It was great! I love how Ali uses real
things to create a story, like the old Celtic Gods in this
book, and the caves in 'Dark Summer'! 'Wishful Thinking' was
funny and from the first page to the very last it was so
exciting. I couldn't put it down! What happens to Kevin near
the end of the book is really gripping and you just have to
keep reading. BRILLIANT!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Jack from Year 9, De Warenne Academy:

that book was just as good as dark summer which was great! My
favirout character was abandinus he had a great sense of
humour! :)

Marks out of 10: 10

Jack from Year 9, De Warenne Academy:

that book was just as good as dark summer which was great! My
favirout character was abandinus he had a great sense of
humour! :)

Marks out of 10: 10

Ruth from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

I loved the book, it has to be the best book I have ever read
my favourite character was kevin because he was very brave when
he strapped himself into the sunken car in the river Ouse,to
save Gracie's(kevins friend) life.
I particulary enjoyed the part describing the god,Anbidinius
and the way the fish swim in his robe. I would recomend this
enjoyable book to anyone around my age group.It was amazing!

Marks out of 10: 10

amy from Year 6, Adwick Park Junior School:

this book is the best
it beats all the rest
I'd advise it to everyone
As this book just shone

Marks out of 10: 10

Amy from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

Kevin Rutley is so cool,
If you don't read this book you're a fool,
This book is the best,
It beats all the rest
Abadinus is the hero,
Arimanius is the ZERO,
Be careful what you wish for,
Read this book to find out more!

Marks out of 10: 10

from Year 5, Adwick Park Junior School:

Kevin Rutley is an average teenage boy and while on a trip to
the watermill at the River Ouse, with his Nan, he writes a list
of things he wants on a napkin from the tea room. kevin
realises that most of these things won’t happen and he
accepts it. When it is time to leave, Kevin places the letter
on the top of his bag full of gifts for his mum and a toy dog
from his Nan but the wind carries it away and it lands in the
River Ouse. Little did Kevin know that the river is home to an
ancient god that would mistake his silly scribble for a prayer
that had been cast into the waters for the god to find and
grant Kevin’s wishes! What will Kevin do when he is faced
with
a god named Abandinus that asks Kevin to worship him, create a
hymn for him and get him some followers! In return Abandinus
says he will grant Kevin’s wishes, he does grant some of
them. Although they don’t always turn out to be as great as
Kevin I love Ali Sparkes! I have read ‘Frozen in Time’ and
‘Dark Summer’ and I thought they were both fantastic!
‘Wishful Thinking’ didn’t disappoint. It was great! I
love how Ali uses real things to create a story, like the old
Celtic gods in thisbook and the caves in ‘Dark Summer’!
‘Wishful Thinking’ overall this is certainlly my favourite
book

Marks out of 10: 10

shannon from Year 6, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

i didn't want to put the book down!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 9

shannon from Year 6, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

i didn't want to put the book down!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

shannon from Year 6, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

i didn't want to put the book down!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

molly from Year 6, Southfield Primary:

Wishful thinking, is the sort of book that once your in it you
carnt get out of it. It takes me into a magical world of
mistory. I love the way that the author (Ali sparkes) describes
the god it makes you want to dig deep and find what happens
next...

I relly enjoyed reading this book, the best part was when kevin
first see's the god but he thinks that it is a gost and his
grandma thinks that he is ill. I also love the way that every
time the god goes he lives fevers in his place. I have only red
the first 6 chaptes but I carnt wait to read the rest

Marks out of 10: 9

Lois from Year 6, Hayfield Lane Primary School:

This book is good but i did not understand it.

Marks out of 10: 6

Brooke from Year 6, Conisbrough Morley Place Junior School:

I loved this book but if it had a decimal rating then i would
give it 9.5 because i couldn't keep track with all the gods
names but i loved it when mike and kevin had a fight and when
kevin danced with emma so basicly the disco chapter

Marks out of 10: 10

Kalli from Year 6, Conisbrough Morley Place Junior School:

This book is cool aspesly the god of the river the best
charecter in the whole book

Marks out of 10: 9

Eleanor from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Do you believe in gods? Not GOD, GODS!!!!! With Ali Sparkes's
new book, you'd better be believing that they're real!!! Kevin
decides to go on a trip with his Gran and comes back with the
usuall gifts, a scented candle for his mum, a stuffed dog toy,
a bag of cinder toffee and his own personal god, Arimanius, a
small unknown celtic diety. He's finally found a purpose in his
life, sorting out Kevin's. The problem is, it's not things
Kevin has in mind. Be careful what you wish for, because gods
can't always get things done the way you want or even worse, be
there when the dark light's getting you! Watch out, don't let
it get you. Booooo!

Marks out of 10: 10

Imogen :) from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Wishful thinking... A book filled with mystery and a touch of
magic, well I tell a lie, more than a touch...
Had me in a trance, hanging on every word as if i was
hypnotized.
It starts in the mystical land of... GRANS CAR!!!
When a god: Abandinus, turns up to Kevin after 'worshipping'
him, things get a little bit, how do I put this? Strange?
Exacty. My favourite character was Kevin... he was really
brave... talking to a mysical god??? I would have passed out!

Marks out of 10: 9

Casey-jo from Year 5, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

It is so intresting and i really liked it. I wish i had a god
too and it is funny but near the end it got a bit boring.

Marks out of 10: 8

Alyssa from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

Wishful Thinking was a great book but i would of suspected it a
little bit more interesting,but appart from that it was GREAT
!!! After i read this book i just couldnt wait to read all the
others.

Marks out of 10: 6

Rebecca from Year 6, St Albans Catholic Primary School:

I loved this book! It was the kind of book that left you
begging for more for me!!!

10/10

Marks out of 10: 10

Emma from Year 5, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

kevin went on a trip to the river ouse and he went with his nan
and he wrote on a napkin what he wanted i really liked this
book at the first but at the end it got a bit boring.

Marks out of 10: 8

klaudia from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

kevin is a teenager boy and he goes on a trip with his nannan.
kevin was sick and when he came back into the car he hears a
spooky sound talking to him from the back of the car. he asks
his nannan if she heard it too ...

keep reading on

Marks out of 10: 9

ben from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

A brilliant book for anyone I would say. I was reading late at
night and I felt to put it away for the night but... I could
not get my fingers off!!! I give this a 10 over 10.

Marks out of 10: 10

Abby from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Wishful Thinking is about a boy called Kevin and when he is on
a day out with his Grandma he gets car sick and while at a stop
he writes a wish list on a napkin and it gets blown into a
river and bada-bing bada-boo he has his own personal god, but
so his god is powerful enough to grant him wishes he has to get
him more followers. Soon though, him and his friends Tim and
Gracie learn that gods can abuse their powers, when they come
across more gods; bad and good. I absolutely love the ending as
it is unexpected. I really enjoyed reading this book because I
never knew what was going to happen.

Marks out of 10: 7

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