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Young Adult Fiction Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural

Careful What You Wish For

by (author) Mahtab Narsimhan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Loners & Outcasts, Bullying, Friendship
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


A lonely teen discovers a website that grants wishes.

Eshana is a bit of a social misfit. She feels more comfortable talking to people online than in person. One day she discovers a website that claims to be a safe space where young people can support each other in making their dreams come true. She starts talking with someone called Wise One. They hit it off immediately. Eshana admits to the Wise One how hard it is for her to make friends. The next day she goes to school and suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Eshana is thrilled. But then, after telling Wise One about a girl who has been bullying her, she hears that the girl has been injured in a car accident. Are Eshana’s wishes really coming true? If so, is having the life she’s always wanted worth the costs?

About the author

Mahtab Narsimhan is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Silver Birch Award winner The Third Eye. Her novel, The Tiffin (Dancing Cat Books, 2011), was nominated for numerous awards in Canada and was recently published in the United Kingdom and Taiwan. Mission Mumbai is her publishing debut in the United States. Mahtab is a native of Mumbai, India, and lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her online at

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

“Narsimhan succeeds at creating a story for teens who are reading at a lower level without infantilizing the content...An excellent choice where hi-lo fiction is needed.”

School Library Journal

“This tightly written, high interest fantasy addresses real world issues and will keep even the most reluctant reader turning the page… Recommended.”

Children's Literature

“Will engage reluctant readers who enjoy real-world–based fantasies...A satisfying tale about defeating an online predator and realizing the value of true friendship.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Young adult readers will enjoy Eshana’s personality, the fantasy angle of the plot and the page-turner quality of the book as they wonder just what she’ll wish for and, more importantly, how that wish will be answered. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“There’s a quick pace and steady pulse to this brief story, and the ending is ultimately satisfying. The book presents basic lessons in cybersafety as well as overt positive moral messaging about being kind and grateful.”


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