The Boy Whose Wishes Came True by Helen Rutter (author) (UK edition)

The Boy Whose Wishes Came True

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‘A delight… This book is wise, suspenseful and witty’SUNDAY TIMES, Children’s Book of the Week

A brilliantly funny wish-fulfilment story with a huge heart, from the author of one of 2021’s most loved children’s debuts, The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh. Archie Crumb is having a tough time. Picked-on at school, picked last for any team; his home has been sad and quiet since Dad left and his luck feels like its run out. But things start looking up when Archie bumps his head and literally sees stars: his favourite famous football player standing in front of him, granting him nine wishes. This is INCREDIBLE! Unlimited ice cream, a whole day of eating pizza and playing on the X-Box, revenge on the bullies, becoming the star player in a televised football tournament: finally, all his dreams can come true! Will Archie wish his way to happiness? Or will he realise that magic wishes may be wonderful, but only he has the true power to change his life?

  • Perfect for fans of Lisa Thompson, David Baddiel and Jacqueline Wilson
  • Helen Rutter’s debut novel The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh was chosen as a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month
  • Funny, moving, inventive, uplifting children’s fiction at its finest.

Praise for The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh ‘Very funny, very touching, very truthful – a total delight to read.’ Jacqueline Wilson ‘Amazing’ Noel Fielding ‘This incredibly debut tugs at your heartstrings and makes you laugh out loud in equal measure. I guarantee you’ll be cheering along in the final pages!’ Lisa Thompson ‘It’s Wonder with one-liners.’ Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher ‘As warm and wise as it is funny.’ Shappi Khorsandi ‘A laugh out loud story, the like of which I’ve never read before.’ Kerry Godliman ‘This book is a great way of showing children how to be confident and winners by having a sense of humour and making others laugh.’ Baroness Floella Benjamin ‘This book is brilliant. It is funny, wise, kind and exciting.’ Marcus Brigstocke ‘So funny and joyful.’ Rachel Parris

Our March 2022 Ages 9-10 Book of the Month

For kids aged 9 and over, my Book of the Month pick for March is The Boy Whose Wishes Came True. Ten-year-old Archie is having a tough time. He’s picked on at school and his Dad has moved out – it feels like his luck has run out. But after Archie bumps his head he is granted nine wishes. Unlimited ice cream, school to be closed so he can eat pizza and play X-box all day, playing for his favourite football team. But Archie has bigger wishes; getting his own back on bullies, Dad to not be able to tell any more lies, and most importantly, for Mum to be okay. Will wishes make everything better, or will he realise only he has the power to change his own life?

The Boy Whose Wishes Came True is from author Helen Rutter whose debut novel The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh was a Waterstones Book of the Month last year and one of the bestselling debuts of 2021. Helen is back again with another original, moving but also hilarious book that is children’s fiction at its finest. It’s perfect for fans of Lisa Thompson, Sam Copeland and David Baddiel. It’s a heart-warming story for boys and girls alike that is bound to uplift all that read it.

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

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Date published

February 3rd, 2022

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 8.0 points

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  • 368 pages



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