In Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley, Joplin's grandfather was a literary genius turned recluse who has just passed away. After cleaning out her grandfather's home, she discovers an old tin that's filled with the pieces of a beautiful serving platter that has the image of a Dutch girl right around Joplin's age. When Joplin, who is in desperate need of a friend, finds herself falling down the rabbit hole like Alice into a strange and alarming sort of wonderland. As one surprise follows another and the impossible becomes real, Joplin and her friend Barrett must find the key that unlocks the very nature of time, and a life that hangs in the balance. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.