Wishin' and Hopin'

Wishin' and Hopin'

A Christmas Story

eBook - 2009
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Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She's Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin' and Hopin'—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story and David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries, Lamb's Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780061968167
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 21, 2013

Wally remains excellent in his ways with words- specifically as they relate to the hearts and minds of his main characters. Truly a gift.

jdaigle3 Dec 31, 2012

While this was a good, quick read for the holiday season it certainly isn't as fantastic as Lamb's usual books, nor was it as much of "A Christmas Story" as I had hoped.

npcr Oct 05, 2010

Great feel-good read. Made me laugh out loud and had me saying "Nyet" for days...

Jan 09, 2010

I could not put this book down. It had me laughing-out-loud in the middle of the night. I highly recommend it.

DanniOcean Dec 21, 2009

Mr. Lamb writes "kid" as well as Judy Blume but is much funnier (including Felix's many naïve misunderstandings of innuendo) and Zhenya's Russian accent is fantastic.

Dec 03, 2009

Wally Lamb is a great author. He makes the characters come alive.
Wishin' and Hopin' is hilarous. This is a great book to read over the holidays and feel great after you have read it. I highly recommend it. It is short and sweet.


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DanniOcean Dec 21, 2009

For Felix Funicello fifth grade is a minefield: Sister Agrippina's pinches, his nickname Dondi, getting into trouble with Lonny, and his arch-nemesis Rosalie are all things to be avoided on a daily basis. When his regular teacher has a nervous breakdown (which Felix may have inadvertently caused), she is replaced by the tres exotique Madame Frechette, all the way from… Quebec. Adding more spice to the staid New England classroom is the arrival of Zhenya, a Russian girl of thirteen who may or may not be a (gasp) Communist (this is 1964, remember), but who definitely has a salty vocabulary. As Madame Frechette and Zhenya square off against Rosalie and the very traditional Catholic school system, Felix observes all and wades through the sea of a 10-year-old's dreams and fears.


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