Todd Fahnestock

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One year ago, a monster stole Lorelei's family during a camping trip. The police don't believe her. Neither do her aunt and uncle. So she sets out to find her family and breaks into the Wishing World, a place where children become their own heroes. In the Wishing World, a child with imagination can make what they most need. These children are called "Doolivantis." Unfortunately, the monster who stole Lorelei’s family is also a Doolivanti. To save them, she must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.

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​​"I love this book so much. Right as I started reading it, I was thinking about the book the whole day. I loved how the book ended with a cliffhanger. There were so many surprises."
-Mylee (Age 8)

"The Wishing World just got me up and out of my chair! It felt like I was soaring on the incredible adventure with Gruffy, Ripple, Lorelei, Pip, and Squeak. The adventure is so exciting I didn't want it to end. I loved it!"

-Georgia (Age 9)

The Wishing World is an amazing book full of wonderfully wild characters. Once you get sucked in, it is impossible to get out until the very last page. Even when you weren't reading it, your mind was still in Veloran for the entire day. I recommend this book to everyone! Love this book to pieces."
-Malaika (Age 12)

"It was a little dramatic, but full of magic and imagination! I love it! Every single detail matters! Mostly it will scoop you in to the book. Full of great adventures. Some great creatures. Awesome book to get scooped in!"

-Esthela (Age 8)

"This book swooped me up on the wings of a griffon and wouldn't let me go. The characters are so intricate I felt like I was alongside them. The plot kept me on my toes the whole time, with plenty of good twists and turns. A great read for anyone looking for an awesome book."
-Katie (Age 13)

"I could not see anything coming. The characters made me feel like I was in the story . All I think about is the story. I love how the author described the characters and how he described the setting."

-Rion (Age 8)

"I loved The Wishing World. I liked how the pace was fast, and all the twists were surprising and I didn't see them coming. The characters were lovable, and it was very fun to see what they would do next. I love it."
-Peri (Age 12)
“You can never stop reading The Wishing World. It actually feels like I am walking with the characters. I love it."

-Nathan (Age 8)

"This book was very fun. I love the fast pace, and it is very easy to relate to the characters. The twists were fun and hard to see coming. It was nice to feel like you were in the story with the characters. It was very well written. Love it. :)”
-Eva (Age 12)

“I loved that there was some tight twists. That made me feel like I was in the story. Because the words were detailed."

-Michael (Age 8)

"I really enjoyed reading The Wishing World. The characters all seemed very complete and planned out, but I still couldn't see everything coming. It is a very interesting story with many twists and turns, and I love it.”
-Amelia (Age 12)

“I think it was the best book because I liked all of the characters and it was so interesting and it sucks me in to the book and I like the end."

-Blake (Age 9)

"I loved reading The Wishing World. I really liked how it made you want to read more after every chapter. I also really liked how the characters each had their own very unique personalities, it made the book that much more fun to read.”
-Maya (Age 12)

"This book was so good because it felt like it came to life. I can see the story in my mind."

-Jaiden (Age 9)

"I love this book. After I read it I went to bed dreaming about it. It was exciting. I never knew what was going to happen next."

-Carter (Age 8)

"I LOVE (!) this book. Todd Fahnestock, it is so so so cool. You are such a good writer. Love it."

-Analee (9)

"The Wishing World was amazing. I could see all of the characters in my head, but was sad but I still LOVE The Wishing World. It is awesome. I could even see the spelling bee.

-Shyla Kai (Age 8)

"I liked their powers. And surprising things happened. And I liked the expressions and their thoughts."

-Brenner (Age 8)

"I liked this book so much. You never know what will happen next. I love it."

-JD (Age 8)

"It was really detailed. And I can picture the story in my mind, even when there was no pictures."

-Natalie (Age 9)

"This book right away got my attention. It felt like I was in the book and one of the characters. They are so amazing and wild. Look for The Wishing World."

-Angelina (Age 9)

"I did four and a half stars because it was sad, and I felt sad when Gruffy got bitten by the hissing cockroaches. I liked how it was interesting and funny a little bit."

-Avy (Age 8)

"The characters are interesting and so cool. I loved the book so much."

-Austin (Age 8)

"I absolutely loved this book because all the characters in the story came alive."

-Madison (Age 9)

"I think it was awesome! I really love it!"

-Evan (Age 8)

"I liked the details and all of the other good things."

-Trenton (Age 8)

"When Ms. Brown read The Wishing World, I could see Lorelei, Gruffy, the Grimrok, and Jimmy."

-Alastair (Age 8)

"The book is the best book I've read."

-Maggy (Age 8)

what children are saying about The wishing world

Illustration by Tricia Zimic

praise for The wishing world

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"Whimsical and imaginative, with just the right mix of humor, heart, and adventure. THE WISHING WORLD is everything you could wish for in a story--and so much more!"

-Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

"Mysterious disappearances, fantastical magic, plucky characters, and just the right touch of whimsy - if you are lucky enough to get lost in THE WISHING WORLD, you'll find an enchanting new adventure awaits you there."

-Marissa Burt, author of Storybound   

“Whimsical and highly imaginative, THE WISHING WORLD is a book children will be clamoring for, saying as the plucky protagonist Lorelei might, “Double ‘yes, please’ with a ‘gimmie, gimmie’ on top!’”

​-Edith Cohn, author of Spirit's Key

forthcoming Novels

the wishing world

(fall of 2016)


(SPRING OF 2017)

charlie fiction

(fall of 2017)

The wishing world, vol. 2: loremaster


Novels by Todd fahnestock