Cover image for Granted / John David Anderson.
Granted / John David Anderson.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
325 pages ; 22 cm
Young fairy Ophelia gets her first wish granting assignment and discovers that, although the fate of the fairy world rests on her completing her task, the job of granting a human's wish is anything but easy.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 8-12.


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Material Type
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AND Book Junior Collection
AND Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi

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From the author of beloved novels Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted comes a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training.

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you're not allowed to tell anyone what you've wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it.

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy--she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.

It's the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she's about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a delightful fantasy about grappling with unforeseen challenges, a fairy embarks on a mission to grant her first wish. For an ambitious, type-A fairy like Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets, the task should be simple: find the coin her target wished on and use fairy dust to fulfill the wish (in this case, a 13-year-old Ohio girl's request for a bike). She can't afford to fail: fairy society relies on wish granting to maintain the flow of increasingly scarce magic. But a wing injury renders Ophelia unable to fly, and a series of circumstances keeps that all-important coin just out of reach. Anderson (Posted) maintains a careful balance between earnestness and whimsy as Ophelia bounces from one incident to the next, aided by her new friend, Sam, a scene-stealing stray mutt. For the most part, Anderson plays the concept of a small fairy coping with a big world straight, but some tongue-in-cheek observations and heartfelt moments make for a feel-good, optimistic story that finds the magic in everyday things. Ages 8-12. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Young fairy Ophelia finds her training and preconceptions challenged by the human world when she embarks on her first wish-granting mission. Can she complete her mission with a broken wing? Should she accept help from an unexpected canine quarter? Funny, iconoclastic, and warm-hearted, Anderson's vision of a world shared by fairies, humans, and a slobbery dog is enchanting. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.