Saturday, March 05, 2011

Children's Book Review - Be Careful What You Wish For by D.L. Cocchio

Be Careful What You Wish For by D.L. Cocchio

Best friends, Emily and Megan, are thrilled to find out that the amulet they bought at a Medieval Fair is supposed to make wishes come true. The magical amulet sends the girls on a fantastic journey back in time to 15th century England, where they encounter a host of unforgettable characters. Anne and her cousin, Richard, help the girls to try to uncover the truth about the amulet. Will they find the answers they need to return to their own time? Can they avoid being caught? Join the girls and their new friends in this exciting adventure back in time.

What I Can Tell You:

I know D.L. personally and I read the book Be Careful What You Wish For back in 2003 when she first released it. Last week D.L. and I spoke on the phone and I remembered this book was on my shelf. As I hung up, I grabbed the book and read it again.  It was fun to remember the last time D.L. and I had spent time together we were at the Reinneisance Faire in Tuxedo, NY and I was unknowingly pregnant with Handsome. It was a fabulous day and I must have eaten 3 huge pickles from the pickle guy who walked around with a big barrel selling them for $1.00 each.  She joked that I might be pregnant and I said, "Nah, I really love pickles." 

Emily and Megan are BFF's and spend all their time together. They are almost like sisters and love being together like most girls their age.  While at the Medieval Fair in Sterling Forest they encounter a gypsy who sells them a beautiful gem hanging on a thin, gold chain. The Gypsy explains to them that it was her Aunt Ramiza's and it is an amulet. She gives it to Emily for $5.00 because Em reminds her of herself. She wraps it up and tells the girls she hopes their wishes come true and to "be careful what you wish for."

When the girls get home the girls head upstairs to act out one of their made up plays. They dress up in 15th Century clothing and adding the amulet to the costume, say "I wish were really were in the 15th Century."
Suddenly, they are.

D.L. takes the reader on a journey as the girls get to really see what life was like in the 15th Century. The book spans multiple genres as it is part adverture, mystery, historical fantasy, science fiction and mystical, all wrapped in a pretty children's book ribbon for ages 8-12.

To Purchase: Visit the book store at where you can purchase the book including an autograph for $9.95.


  1. Thanks for the great review, Maria! I remember that day at the fair. Your link is listed wrong though. The correct link to buy the book and read about more of my other books is:

  2. I can wait to get this for my niece!


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