The Wishing Game
The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer

The Wishing Game

Meg Shaffer


Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.

Riddles from Clock Island

In The Wishing Game, characters compete for a life changing prize by solving riddles crafted by Jack Masterson, author of the fictional Clock Island series. Now it’s your turn!

Think you know the answers? Email them to to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Wishing Game!

The riddles will change every few weeks…Check back soon for new ones! – The Mastermind

1) What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?

2) I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

Praise for The Wishing Game

“A work by turns clever, dark, and hopeful, Shaffer’s debut is a love letter to reading and the power childhood stories have over us long after we’ve grown up.”—V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“Meg Shaffer’s beautiful novel is part Willy Wonka, part magical realism, and wholly moving. It broke my heart and patched it over and reminded me that even as an adult, if you look hard enough, you can find the child still inside you.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

“Meg Shaffer’s debut establishes her as one of the best. The Wishing Game sees the secret child hidden inside all of us, and takes us on the thrilling, magical journey we all long for—where we might end up with everything we want, but only if we risk everything.”—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Lifelong readers will love The Wishing Game. Meg Shaffer is a lovely breath of fresh air. She’s written a dreamy, inventive novel about how books can not only change lives but save them, too. Full of the power of imagination, it’s one of my favorite books of the year.”—Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Other Birds

The Wishing Game is a magical ode to storytelling, imagination, and the mystery of the creative life. In a modern-day fairy tale, Shaffer expertly taps into our deepest wishes born of childhood longing. Wildly imaginative, clever, and inspiring, The Wishing Game is for anyone who has found light in a story just when they need it.”—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea

About the Author

Meg Shaffer

Meg Shaffer is a part-time creative writing instructor and a full-time MFA candidate in TV and screenwriting at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She lives in a state of uncertainty.

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