Book description from Booklist (November 1, 2000 (Vol. 97, No. 5):
Veteran author Wright offers the story of a boy who finds his life turned upside down when he must spend the summer in Wisconsin. His grandmother has suffered a heart attack, so Corby and his mom go to the Midwest to help Grandpa care for her. Corby, something of a scaredy-cat, is intimidated by his gruff grandfather, but he almost immediately becomes involved in doing dangerous things he shouldn't, thanks to a neighbor boy, Buck. One of the first things Corby does is sneak out at midnight to visit a scary-looking pile of rocks known as the Wish Master. Corby wishes for a dog --and a way out of Wisconsin. When his grandmother seemingly suffers a relapse, Corby is worried that his wish might be coming true in a way he doesn't like. This is a solid story, with no gimmicks or frills, and there is some good action mixed with emotion. A choice for boys who aren't usually readers.
My 25 cents...
I love this author and I picked this up when I was looking for chapter books to share with 3rd & 4th graders. There is suspense and a little bit of mystery that makes this book one that once you start reading it you won't believe how quickly you read it. What would YOU wish for if you made the journey to the Wish Master??