Granted (Hardcover)

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My backyard is inhabited by fairies.  Perhaps it is a fairy haven as Anderson so aptly describes.  The fairies hide in unknown places in the cold of winter and then appear in time for spring break and summer vacation conveniently coinciding with the vacation of granddaughters;  who have, at times, spotted the fairies.   The girls were fascinated to learn more about fairies and their part in granting wishes after listening to Granted.  Ophelia with her “can do” attitude is a good role model.  Even when Ophelia met numerous obstacles, she found ways to move ahead, even challenging the head of the haven when she felt it necessary to grant a different wish.

— Shirley Mullin


From the author of beloved novels Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted comes a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training.

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, there is someone out there who hears it. 

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world 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 potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

About the Author

John David Anderson is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed and beloved books for kids, including the New York Times Notable Book Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Posted, Granted, One Last Shot, Stowaway, The Greatest Kid in the World, and many more. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wonderful wife, two frawesome kids, and clumsy cat, Smudge, in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

“Anderson provides wonderfully convincing details about his imagined ‘world of waning wonder,’ where fairies struggle to keep magic alive. A faithful dog, a good friend, and pinch of magic work wonders in this modern fairy tale.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A feel-good story that finds the magic in everyday things.” — Publishers Weekly

“Anderson shows his versatility in this original fantasy adventure.” — ALA Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062643865
ISBN-10: 006264386X
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
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