Wish Upon a Stray: A Wish Novel

Yamile Saied Méndez

Middle Grade

Social Themes (Immigration), Animals

August 3rd, 2021

A heartwarming and authentic immigration story about a stray dog, the power of music, and celebrating old traditions along with new beginnings.

María Emilia's life turns upside-down when she and her family immigrate from Argentina to the US. How can she make new friends when simply speaking English all day is exhausting?

Luckily, she has the company of a stray dog in the neighborhood, who happens to look and act just like her beloved pet cat back home. Eventually, it turns out the pup isn't a stray after all -- she belongs to María Emilia's new neighbor, Donovan. In order to spend more time with the dog (who totally isn't her reincarnated cat... right?), she agrees to sing in Donovan's band. But can Emilia find her new voice without losing herself?

Wish Upon a Stray: A Wish Novel