Wishworks, Inc.

by Stephanie S. Tolan, Illustrated By Amy June Bates

Arthur A. Levine Books
June 2011

Ages 8 – 9 . Grades 3 – 4

Library of Congress: 2008042694

Lexile measure: 680L



Max is handling his parents' divorce, his new home and school, and a big bully named Nick the only way he knows how: by running away in his head. Through his imagination, he and his wonderful dog King have thrilling adventures; they conquer aliens and slay dragons; they embarrass Nick so he never comes near Max again. If only King were real . . .

Then Max happens upon a store called Wishworks, Inc., which promises his wish will come true in real life, "guaranteed." He wishes for a real dog like King to fulfill all his dreams. And then a real dog named Goldie appears on his doorstep . . . but she may be a little more real than Max expects!
Stephanie S. Tolan

Stephanie Tolan won a Newbery Honor for SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES, which was also an ALA Notable Book and a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. She also won the Christopher Award for LISTEN! She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


  • A lively, accessible chapter book.. -- Booklist

    Quick pacing, large type, and frequent illustrations make this accessible for less experienced or more reluctant readers as well. . . . . Give this to the dreamers and the dog-lovers. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    The book offers solace to children coping with trouble at home or school. -- OCFamily Magazine


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545031554

160pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝