Reading Granted by John David Anderson is an absolute joy. I started wondering about magic in our world. What is magic? What is my responsibility for keeping it alive? Is it real? Should I worry about it, or just let it go? To begin answering my questions I looked up the definition. Magic is: 1) a power that allows people to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions; 2) a special power, influence or skill; 3) a wonderful, exciting or attractive quality.
When I stop to think about it, I’ve been the beneficiary of all three types of magic described by the definition. An unexpected, totally sincere compliment, is magic. Sharing a smile or a spontaneous hug, offering help where and when it is needed, is magic. Noticing a cardinal in a bare tree save a few golden apples against a clear blue sky, is magic. It seems that magic is all around us if we only slow down enough to notice and see.
At the start of Granted, before the story begins, readers are reminded that every wish made on stars or candles blown or coins tossed (as long as it remains unspoken) is heard. The book is the story of what happens to grant one wish. The story is that of Ophelia Delphinium Fidget, ~ a Granter. She is one of a few select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world to grant the wish of unsuspecting humans. The fairies who are Granters do this every day. It is the work of the Granters, that generate the magic allowing the fairies to do what they do and to stay undetected in the human world. As Ophelia’s mission begins, magic levels across the world are at an all-time low. Care must be taken.
Ophelia Delphinium Fidget is excited when she receives the mission -her first. She is aware that navigating the human world will be full of danger, but she has prepared carefully. She is ready!
But NOTHING goes as planned. There are jets, aggressive geese, a broom, a hawk, windshield wipers, a truck and more… In addition, there is a difficult choice. Because of the waning magic available to the fairies, only some wishes can be granted. Years ago the fairies decided that an impartial lottery would be most fair. But is it? Are all wishes equal? Is a boy’s longing for his father’s return from deployment in Iraq more important than a girl’s wish for a purple bike to replace her stolen one?
Read Granted to find out how Ophelia Delphinium Fidget decides and who is there to support her in her decision.
The common expression, “Be careful what you wish for” takes on a whole new meaning.