Written By
Barbara O'Connor

Fifth Grader Charlie (do not call her Charlemagne) has been sent from her city home in Raleigh, North Carolina to live with her aunt and uncle in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains. Her father, Scrappy, is in jail for assault. Her mother, Carla, is unfit to care for Charlie and her 17-year old sister Jackie (who gets to stay at a friend’s house in Raleigh that has a swimming pool).

Charlie is dreading her exile. She’s been told by a friend that she would hate it; ‘There’s just red dirt roads and hillbilly kids and they probably eat squirrels.’ She is terrified that the wish she has been making every day since the 4th grade may never come true. Her anger spills out against the kids at school who make fun of her and occasionally even against those who show her kindness.

But she finds a loving home, true friendship, and a stray dog in this new rural home and it changes Charlie. Could this be what she’s been wishing for? However, her new life is turned upside down once again when Charlie is visited by a Social Services lady and learns that her absentee mother wants her to come home. Speaking in an honest voice revealing her hurt, resentment, and vulnerability, Charlie shares this engaging, heartfelt journey that strongly resonates with kids of all ages and families of every kind.

Every day, Charlie makes a wish - the same wish, but never the same way.

  • Blow on a dandelion and wish!
  • Wish on the night’s first star
  • Count to thirteen when you see a truck full of hay, then wish!
  • See Three birds perched on a telephone wire? Wish!
  • See a white horse? Wish!
  • See a black horse? shake your fist 3 times and wish!
  • If a butterfly lands on you: Wish!
  • See a camel shaped cloud? Wish!
  • Lightning bug lands on your ring finger and glows? Wish!
  • Is there a cricket in your house? Wish!
  • If you see a yellow railroad car: Wish!

Charlie's Wish

Charlie knows if you say your wish out loud it won’t come true. That’s why she keeps her wish a secret.

As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that her family has been torn apart and she’ll do anything she can to wish it back together. And like the very best of wishes, this one comes true in magnificent fashion, providing her with valuable lessons about friendship, family, faith, and perseverance.

Wishes are sometimes realized in the most unexpected ways.

In Development as a Feature Film

Making a wish is a magical experience that allows us to tap into our deepest desires and aspirations. It is a moment of hope and possibility, where we can envision a future filled with happiness and fulfillment. Whether it’s blowing out candles on a birthday cake or tossing a coin into a fountain, making a wish is a powerful act that connects us to our innermost dreams. It reminds us to never stop believing in the power of our own desires and the potential for them to come true.

So go ahead, close your eyes, make a wish, and let the universe conspire to make it a reality!

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