A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
File Size: 392 KB
Print Length: 290 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982555059
Publisher: AmazonEncore (February 16, 2010)
Genna is a fifteen-year-old girl who wants out of her tough Brooklyn neighborhood. But she gets more than she bargained for when a wish gone awry transports her back in time. Facing the perilous realities of Civil War–era Brooklyn, Genna must use all her wits to survive. In the tradition of Octavia Butler’s Kindred and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, A Wish After Midnight is the affecting and inspiring tale of a fearless young woman’s fight to hold on to her individuality and her humanity in two different worlds.
Genna would love to change some things in her life. She lives in a tiny Brooklyn apt. with her mother and siblings, she’s afraid of all the crime in the neighborhood. She thinks she’s too dark, tall and smart, and she doesn’t really have any friends. She wishes her mother didn’t have to work so hard for so little money. She wishes she didn’t have to wear second hand clothes. She wants to do good in school so that she can go to college and be a psychiatrist. She wishes for a new life. And that’s what she gets.
One night her wish transports her from present day Brooklyn to Civil War era Brooklyn. And this new life is far worse than anything she went through before. Genna goes through so much all while trying to figure out how to get back to her present day life. Luckily for her, her boyfriend from her present life also got transported with her, and even though they landed in different places, they eventually meet up.
I loved Genna. She was smart and brave, and she didn’t waste time whining about her predicament. She stood strong and took things as the came and dealt with them surprisingly well, especially for someone her age. I wasn’t crazy about Judah though, he rubbed me the wrong way a lot.
The book dealt with how slaves and even free blacks were treated, and that was tough to read, but I know it was a very important part of the book.
The ending was left kind of open, so I’m hoping there will be a part two.
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