Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes: Volume 2

Camilla d'Errico, Author, Joshua Dysart, Author, Lidon, Illustrator . Del Rey $12.95 (154p) ISBN 978-0-345-50079-3

Hana is a lonely schoolgirl whose parents don't seem happy. She spends a lot of time fantasizing about meeting singer Avril Lavigne and admiring her classmate Brian from afar. At least she has Romeo, the wish-granting demon she ordered from Web site make5wishes.com. But is Romeo granting her wishes, or sowing chaos in her life? D'Errico and Dysart take the traditional “be careful how you wish” plot down a dark corner, as Hana wishes for her parents to be happy—and Romeo reveals an affair, breaking the family apart. Hana also wishes for Brian to notice her, and he does. But how will that go awry? Hana faces physical danger and emotional turmoil as Romeo whips her life out of shape. Hurtling toward a dark cliffhanger, this story will appeal to Avril fans and manga devotees, but also to more mainstream fantasy readers. The clever page layouts and excellent line work make this series easy to follow. Hana's classmates look completely familiar while Romeo comes off as terrifying, yet somehow cute. Though the plot is scary and sad, preteen girls will hang on to see what Romeo does next—and how Hana copes with it. (July)

Reviewed on: 06/04/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
Paperback - 152 pages - 978-0-345-50058-8
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