The Wish and the Peacock

Wendy S. Swore (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Shadow Mountain
Publish Date
February 04, 2020
5.8 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Wendy S. Swore and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when her farming chores give her time to plant seeds in her imagination. She is a member of SCBWI.


"Emotional and rich, The Wish and the Peacock concerns families, loss, and acceptance...The story grapples with the pain of losing a parent. Paige conflates the farm with her father; its loss would be too much to bear. The fact that Paige cannot care for the farm on her own is a hard lesson. She and her friends plan multiple pranks to sabotage the sale, leading to the central conflict, which contains humor and sadness in equal measure.

Set in Idaho, the story includes educational details about growing crops and tending to livestock. The families of Paige's friends work together and help one another out, creating a sense of a close-knit community.

The peacock is an important character.... As Paige and Scotty learn about the bird, it becomes a symbol for all that they want to protect, and ultimately of all of the things that they must let go.

The Wish and the Peacock is a thoughtful novel about love, loss, and the hope of a new beginning."-- "Foreword Reviews"
"Heartfelt and funny, the story captures the lives of often underrepresented farming families. All characters are fully realized, and the book offers authentic views of rural kids. An impressive tale carrying universal themes of grief, change, and letting go."-- "Kirkus" (1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Diverse cast...A useful mirror for contemporary rural kids."-- "School Library Journal" (1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)

"A deftly crafted, thoroughly entertaining and engaging read from first page to last."

-- "Midwest Book Review" (1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)