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Wishin' and Hopin'

(2009)
A Christmas Story
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It's 1964 and ten-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget.

LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School - where Mother Filomina's word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone's business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from QuÉbec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.

From the Funicello family's bus-station lunch counter to the elementary school playground (with an uproarious stop at the Pillsbury Bake-Off), Wishin' and Hopin' is a vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been - and how far we've come.

Genre: General Fiction

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November 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
ISBN: 0-06-194100-X / 978-0-06-194100-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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October 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin'
Author(s): Wally Lamb
ISBN: 0-00-736398-2 / 978-0-00-736398-8 (UK edition)
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November 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Novel
Author(s): Wally Lamb
ISBN: 0-06-194101-8 / 978-0-06-194101-6 (USA edition)
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
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ISBN: 0-06-195026-2 / 978-0-06-195026-1 (USA edition)
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin'
Author(s): Wally Lamb
ISBN: 0-00-735120-8 / 978-0-00-735120-6 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin'
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin'
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November 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin' CD: A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
ISBN: 0-06-195326-1 / 978-0-06-195326-2 (USA edition)
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November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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November 2009 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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November 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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November 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wishin' and Hopin': A Novel
Author(s): Wally Lamb
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