GRANTED, by John David Anderson, Harper Collins Children, Middle-Grade, ARC Review




From John David Anderson, author of the widely acclaimed and beloved novels Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted, comes Granted, a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training and her first wish-granting assignment.

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, rest assured: There is someone out there who hears it.

Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select few whose job it is to venture beyond the boundaries of the Haven and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of wishes made get granted. And even granting those promised few means navigating a human world fraught with danger.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today Ophelia is going out on her first assignment. And she’s about to discover that getting what you truly want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.


My thanks to Harper Collins Children for this ARC to read and provide my honest review.

What a ride! I absolutely loved this middle-Grade book by Anderson.  If you love books about fairies, wish granting, dreams and magic, this book is for you. I couldn’t put this book down. It read smoothly transitioning from one plot twist to another with ease. What I loved the most about this book is the author’s voice. John David Anderson’s ability to weave a story is well… magical. The characters leap off the pages and the magical journey that the Protagonist faces  is quite the adventure!.

This book wraps the meaning of dreams, wishes, family, magic and especially fairies around your heart and it is sure to leave you smiling and wanting more when you turn that last page.

The plot flows well. The Protagonist’s determination to fulfill her “assignment” sways from the path to success when one plot twist after another keeps her just out of reach of achieving her goals.  The pace is steady and exciting and the characters are charming and relatable.

I love the cover. It’s true meaning will make sense once you’ve read the book.

I give this book:


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