Wishing Will by Daniel Harvell and Benjamin Lund is a funny little book about Will Cricket, an overweight teen who is picked on by his classmates and disdained by his sister, Kait. Will, though, has a special talent – at two times a day, 11:11 a.m. and 11:11 p.m., anything he wishes comes true. When he’s being picked on by Diego, a school bully, he’s forced to use his morning wish to extricate himself from the situation by freezing time. At that time, he notices three strangers who are unaffected by his wish.
Will later learns that the three are employees of Sky Castle Network and Enterprises (SCENE), and that they’re Arcanians who are versed in wishcraft. They’ve come to make Will an offer he can’t refuse – and, that means literally that he can’t refuse.
Wishing Will has an amusing story line, and the authors do a great job of creating a main character with whom readers can sympathize – for the most part. Dialogue is peppy, although a bit corny in places, but that really only makes the story funnier. Some formatting problems – such as a change in type font in mid-paragraph – detract from what could be a really good book. The book could also use a good line edit to remove a few too many typos scattered throughout. The authors also have a tendency to use exclamation points generously – when they’re really not needed – or in a couple of cases appropriate. The epilogue introduced a twist that confused me – even after going back and reading the final four or five chapters, I had a hard time figuring out its purpose.
The general theme is good, but the aforementioned problems detract from the overall quality. While a line edit would take care of the punctuation and typos, a good general edit to make sure the plot flow is consistent is also not a bad idea.