Reader Reviewed One Wish by Michelle Harrison

One Wish

Written by Michelle Harrison

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June 2014 Book of the Month Enter an extraordinary magical world in which wishes can cause no end of trouble. When Tanya encounters the magical wishing tree she understands completely that she can only have one wish. Tanya already has the magical power of being able to see fairies – much to her mother’s disbelief. Now, she steps into a much darker kind of magic with Ratty as her companion. Ratty is a little boy who also has magical powers but they are not always used to good ends. How Tanya navigates this topsy-turvey world making magic seem dangerous near at hand.

A prequel to The Thirteen Treasures, Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Poppy Jeavons, age 15 - 'I really enjoyed One Wish...I got into the story very quickly and found it near impossible to put down!' Read full review >
  • Sophie Bridges, age 11 - 'Tanya has always wanted to be granted a wish! Now is her chance but the wishing tree can only grant her ONE wish but Tanya can think of so many things to wish for...' Read full review >
  • Chloe, age 10 - 'This book is about a girl who can talk to fairies and is fabulous. It gives the idea of fairies a new twist. I would recommend it to all of my friends.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This book contains a lot of adventure and magic making it a really exciting read.  Something is always happening, even the beginning isn't boring and slow which happens with some books sometimes.' Read full review >
  • Lux Mackay, age 12 - 'This is an exciting, thrill packed, fantasy story that I would recommend for 10+ readers, I loved it at the end of every page, it excited me and made me want to read more!' Read full review >
  • Susanna Wagstaff, age 11 - 'One Wish is a book entwined in magic and secrets. Tanya Fairchild has the second sight which means she can see fairies. However, a life with fairies is nothing like what the stories say.' Read full review >
  • Leia Honeyman, age 10 - 'One Wish is a truly enchanting and captivating book where fairies  and other magical creatures abound.  A truly exciting story, I could not put it down. A must read! I can’t wait to read the 13 Treasures series now!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Tanya can see fairies but they aren't all pink and sparkly and they certainly aren't all nice! A brilliant, quirky, magical adventure full of tricksy creatures and wonderful potions. Fantastic!' Read full review >
  • Imogen Breaks, age 11 - 'An amazing book that shows fairies aren't as nice as the books make them out to be. Tanya fights her second sight until she meets Ratty but it doesn't end her was brilliant!' Read full review >
  • Natalie Hunter, age 12 - 'This book is full of excitement, magic and drama. The ending was very interesting and this book sets the scene for the 13 Treasures series if you have not read it and is good to finish it off as well.' Read full review >


One Wish by Michelle Harrison

One Wish takes readers back to discover the magical world created by Michelle Harrison in her award-winning Thirteen Treasures series.

Having the ability to see fairies means that Tanya Fairchild's life has never been easy. After all, real fairies are nothing like the ones in books; ones that grant wishes or leave money for teeth. Real fairies don't like to be talked about and cast spells if Tanya steps out of line, and the most she's ever received in exchange for one of her teeth is a chewed up toffee. Of course, it would help if Tanya knew someone, anyone else could see them, too ...When Tanya meets Ratty, she finds not only can he see fairies, but even has a fairy friend, Turpin - she's rude and spiteful, but funny and loyal too. When Ratty goes missing, Tanya discovers her new friend has another extraordinary ability; an ability that has the potential to destroy them both.

To find out more about the seaside town of Spinney Wicket, and the magic within - including its Wishing Tree - please visit

About the Author

Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison was born in 1979 and grew up in Grays, Essex. She has a degree in Illustration, and is a former Waterstone’s bookseller and assistant editor at Oxford University Press. She now writes full-time and has a son, Jack, and two cats.

Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and has been sold in over sixteen countries. It is followed by two sequels, The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets and a prequel, One Wish. She has also published Unrest, a stand-alone ghost novel for teens and is now working on a second young adult novel.

Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson

Q&A with Michelle Harrison

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Elvesden Manor.

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My Essex accent.

Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who look down their noses at others.

Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being an author and an illustrator!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

Favourite authors
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 10 years


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

5th June 2014




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