Leaving Wishville

Winner of the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Metal Award

Adapted into a short film by Sebastian Delgado

Ten years after his father’s disappearance, Benji plans to escape from his self-isolated coastal town—but leaving Wishville may cost him his life.

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Mel Torrefranca

Mel Torrefranca is a novelist from the San Francisco Bay Area, now residing in the jungly mountains of Northern Thailand. Her books feature morally gray characters, bold endings, and a pinch of awkward humor. Mel discovered her passion for writing at the age of seven and published her debut novel Leaving Wishville during high school. She also drinks way too many lattes.

Ten years ago, Scott Marino disappeared from town without a trace.

His son Benji, now fourteen, is the only person daring enough to approach the border. Although his best friends are eager to help him move on, he can’t shake the feeling that his father is still out there.

Everyone in town says it’s impossible. They believe Scott’s disappearance proves the world outside of Wishville is unsurvivable, but he questions their reasoning.

When his friend’s sickly little sister claims to know what others don’t, Benji’s life is thrown into chaos. With time against him, and his curiosity stronger than ever, he knows what he must do. Leaving Wishville might be his only chance for freedom – but it may also cost him his life.

A colorful and chilling debut, Leaving Wishville dives into a sea of forbidden curiosity, unavoidable grief, and the dangers of discovering the truth.


Lost Island Press



Publication Date

February 8, 2020


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Cover Designer

Ivan Cakic


Michelle Argyle (Michelle Williams Design)

“Fans of The Giver will be immediately enraptured by the magical and mysterious world of Wishville.” Abbie Emmons, bestselling author of 100 Days of Sunlight

Leaving Wishville by Mel Torrefranca exhibits intensity unique in contemporary young adult fiction.” Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★

“Torrefranca presents a gripping tale, complete with a compelling cast of characters. Her captivating use of language keeps the pages turning.” Erin Forbes, bestselling author of the Fire & Ice book series

Leaving Wishville will lead you into a middle grade/young adult adventure to savor.” Melanie Weiss, author of Spoken

“Torrefranca’s writing is beautifully lyrical, and the story is a compelling read. All in all, this made it a very hard book to put down!” Eleanor, blogger at Three Lonely Clouds

Recommended for All Ages

Leaving Wishville contains mild thematic elements and/or minor language.

  • death of a child
  • themes of suicide
  • minimal profanity

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