Better to Wish

Better to Wish

The First Generation

Book - 2013
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In 1930 Abby Nichols is an eight-year-old girl growing up in Maine, but as the Depression deepens, and her mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of her family falls to her, and she has to put her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer on hold.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545359429
0545359422
9780545675185
0545675189
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 22 cm

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Suzanne_A
Jan 15, 2017

The first book of the Family Tree series is an amazing start to the series. Such a great plot and detail. I could see what was happening while I read the book. The Second Generation ought to be as good as the First Generation. The book has a lovely ending, though I'm dying to know what happens after. If you're considering reading this book, I say you should go ahead and find out how interesting this book is! :)

AL_KATI Jan 02, 2017

Wow! I was pleasantly surprised by this gem of a novel. So surprised, and so hooked, that my Sunday afternoon was gone in the most delightful way. I'd love to read this one to my kids someday, especially because it deals with a lot of tough issues while still being positive.

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Maggie3000
Jun 18, 2016

This book and the entire series are some of my most favourite books. But if you can't take life and death pressed onto a girl to young, then I would advise you to stay away from this. I cannot put this book down once I have it. The way Martin makes her chapters out of memories from ages 8 to 20 is the best way that it could've been written. My family and I have nicknamed it "Family Tragedy"

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BUNBUN1978
Dec 21, 2015

This book was very good but very sad. Might be a bit of a downer for some readers. the is much bad stuff that happens to the main characters in the novel. Each chapter presents a year or so in Abby's life from a 8 to her being in her 20s. A really good emotional read.

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magic2
Nov 10, 2014

it's a great book

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ChessieAndhana
Oct 15, 2014

I think this will be a good read

youthcollection May 07, 2013

This is the first in a four book series that will span four generations of girls in one family throughout life and death, family and friendships. It starts in 1930 with Abby, who lives a small-town lifestyle within what appears to be a typical family. But things, as we know, are not always what they seem. Readers will be thoroughly smitten with Ann M. Martin's nostalgic style and will be clamouring for the next book, which will focus on Abby's grown-up daughter. I loved this book because it reminded me of the books I loved reading while growing up. I can't wait for the second in this series.

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Barirah16
Feb 26, 2017

Barirah16 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Suzanne_A
Jan 15, 2017

Suzanne_A thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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ChessieAndhana
Oct 15, 2014

ChessieAndhana thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

blue_zebra_603 Mar 31, 2014

blue_zebra_603 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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