The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree (Paperback)

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By Bill Brittain, Andrew Glass (Illustrator)
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A Newbery Honor Book that the New York Times called "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...

Praise For…

★ “The fast-paced events conclude suspensefully in a rope-pulling contest that has Dan’l struggling for his very soul. Brittain seasons his tale with generous amounts of tension, merriment, and magic.”

★ “The plot unfolds in short, suspenseful chapters ... the brisk pace of the action makes this a pleasing addition to American folklore, and the nine excellent illustrations are shadowy, misty, spooky, yet full of humor.”

“A highly original fantasy The wonder and humor of the story are finely evoked by animated charcoal drawings conveying atmosphere and a sense of mystery.”

“A literary folk story at its best. Folksy, fascinating, and fun.”

“This delightfully spooky tale should send shivers up and down the love-to-be-scared circuit. And with good reason. An eerie delight.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780064401685
ISBN-10: 0064401685
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 8th, 1986
Pages: 192
Language: English