A Wish After Midnight

A Wish After Midnight

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"Although there is plenty of history embedded in the novel, A Wish After Midnight is written with a lyrical grace that many authors of what passes for adult literature would envy." --Paula L. Woods for The Defenders Online

"Zetta Elliott's time travel novel A Wish After Midnight is a bit of a revelation...It's vivid, violent and impressive history." --Colleen Mondor for Bookslut

Genna is a fifteen-year-old girl who wants out of her tough Brooklyn neighborhood. But she gets more than she bargained for when a wish gone awry transports her back in time. Facing the perilous realities of Civil War-era Brooklyn, Genna must use all her wits to survive. In the tradition of Octavia Butler's Kindred and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, A Wish After Midnight is the affecting and inspiring tale of a fearless young woman's fight to hold on to her individuality and her humanity in two different worlds.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Skyscape
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 0982555059
  • 9780982555057
  • 1,135,567

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470 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 21% (99)
4 36% (169)
3 32% (150)
2 8% (39)
1 3% (13)

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All Genna Colon wants is to find a way out of her current life. She doesn't want to win the lotto or meet a vampire. No, all Genna wants is to leave Brooklyn. She can't stand living in a crowded and dark apartment with her druggie brother, overworked mother, estranged sister, and innocent baby brother. Genna wants to go to college, and she is fighting to make that goal come true. To her mother, Genna is the family's only potential for a better life. To her classmates, Genna is an outcast and is known as the teacher's pet. But when Genna meets Judah, another part of her can-be future life is revealed: love. Judah is everything she ever wanted, stable and sweet. Although they don't agree about everything, Genna no longer feels alone. But suddenly everything changes. Reality is no longer true. After falling into a fountain, Genna is transported to the time of the Civil War in pre-Brooklyn. No longer is Genna trying to get out of the city. All she wants now is to find her way back, but along the way Genna must discover what it means to be free and the costs that come with it. A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT by Zetta Elliott is a breathtaking edition to black history literature for young adults. She not only paints feelings with a translucent narrative, but also gives a clear insight on how one's history still rings out in the present. Readers will thoroughly enjoy reading Genna's tale - and will steadily be awaiting a sequel.show more
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