Nov 222010

Wishin' and Hopin'In Wally Lamb’s pitch perfect new novel, it is 1964. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone’s turntable, and ten-year-old Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade—easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy. But there are several things young Felix can depend on: the birds and bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he’s never going to forget.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…Wally Lamb is the author of the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed, as well as the novel’s She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Oprah’s Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Funny tale a of 5th grade boy that will have you laughing and remembering your own past “horrors” which today are probably hilarious.

I’m giving away 1 copy of Wishin’ and Hopin’ to one lucky reader of The Book Faery Reviews.
Giveaway runs now through the remainder of the month of November 2010.

MANDATORY GIVEAWAY ENTRY…Can you remember a time something happened in school that you thought was terrible back then but laugh at it today?


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I received a copy of this book to review for a TLC Book Tour.
No other compensation was received nor did receiving a copy of the book persuade my opinions in any way.

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  • Mystica

    I studied throughout in a convent and we were convinced that the chapel was haunted by one of the nuns who had died and who had been laid out inthe chapel. I can remember one day during prayers all of us screaming and running out of chapel saying she had been standing watching us!!!! must have been about 10 years old….

    Looking back, this chapel was small, old and quite dark even on the sunniest day! put 30 ten year olds into this place and see what happens!

  • Benita

    I remember Halloween night when kids would get together and tell scary stories. I remember how terrified I felt. Looking back it really is funny.


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    Email subscriber.


  • Maureen

    I remember being devastated when my yo-yo was stolen on the playground. I put it down for just a minute (don’t people always say that) and when I came back it was gone. My tears caused my usually frugal mother to replace the yo-yo but, of course, the stolen one worked much better.

  • Maureen

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  • Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    I was up on the stage in a spelling bee. I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade. My mom had me wear a new dress that was shorter than I was used to, and I was very conscious of “showing too much”. I went back to my seat after getting a word correct, held the dress at both sides to pull it down, crossed my legs and THEN sat. Everyone laughed at me, and I was mortified. But I got everyone back by winning! (I won every spelling bee at that particular school)


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  • Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

    You are so right – the things that horrified us as kids are probably hilarious to us now. :)

    Thanks for being a part of this tour.

  • Farrah

    Congratulations Maureen! You’ve been randomly selected as the lucky commenter!