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Until Wishes Are Fulfilled

Michael Alexander

Publisher: Upfront Publishing
ISBN: 978 1844 264 08-7
March, 2007

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Michael Alexander, with his second book for children, Until Wishes Are Fulfilled, has created a world of such wondrous hope, children of all ages will find it difficult to put the book down in favour of any thing else that might distract them, once they have turned to the first page.


For eleven-year old Holly, the last six weeks have been the worst of her young life. Her mother lies in a coma following a car accident, the doctors unable to say when, if ever, she might regain consciousness. With Christmas just one week away, Holly's one wish is to have her mother home with her on Christmas Day – a wish she knows is unlikely to be fulfilled. Then, on the eve of her twelfth birthday, her dad buys her a magician’s set from a strange old man he bumps into by accident in town. The set proves to be very special; a spell book and a real wand, and suddenly Holly finds that magic exists everywhere – even in the saddest moments of her life.

Under the guidance of Charlie, Holly learns to do the sort of magic we can only dream about, with hilarious and sometimes dangerous results.

Michael’s descriptive prose and ability to ensnare a readers attention from the off, is a wonderful gift to own. Holly is such a well-rounded character, readers will want to reach into the page and offer her a comforting shoulder on which to cry or a congratulatory hand to slap in high-five celebration.

Yet it is the pace of the story that stands out. Almost Frank Cottrell-Boyce in its ceaselessness, Michael Alexander keeps the plot rolling with delightful dialogue, unexpected twists and a “need to know” hook at the end of each chapter.

This, it has to be said, is a truly special book. Though set at Christmas, Until Wishes Are Fulfilled can be read at any time of year and Michael Alexander, following on from Adventures In Cuckoo’s Hollow, shows an assured lightness of touch many others writing in this field will envy.

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“Thank you so much. This is my first review and therefore the one which I will remember more than any other. The fact that it is such a wonderful review makes it all the more special and has reaffirmed my commitment to keep working at the stormy relationship with my keyboard and my imagination. Thank you again, it is great to be in contact with someone so passionate about that most wondrous thing - the written word.”
Michael Alexander - April 2007



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