Three Wishes

Category: Book
By (author): Ellis, Deborah
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Middle East
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emotions & Feelings
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Violence
Awards: CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) (2005) Commended
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) YA Top Forty (or so) List (2005) Commended
BC Teen Reader's Choice Award Stellar Awards (2006) Long-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award (2007) Short-listed
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice - Best of the List (2005) Commended
OLA Silver Birch Award (2006) Long-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi/Groundwood Books
Published: June 2004
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 1.27in
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From The Publisher*

In a rehabilitation center for disabled children, twelve-year-old Nora says she loves the color pink and chewing gum and explains that the wheels of her wheelchair are like her legs. Eleven-year-old Mohammad describes how his house was demolished by soldiers. And we meet twelve-year-old Salam, whose older sister walked into a store in Jerusalem and blew herself up, killing herself and two people, and injuring twenty others. All these children live both ordinary and extraordinary lives. They argue with their siblings. They dream about their wishes for the future. They have also seen their homes destroyed, their families killed, and they live in the midst of constant upheaval and violence.

This simple and telling book allows children everywhere to see those caught in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as children just like themselves, but who are living far more difficult, dangerous lives.

From The Publisher*Deborah Ellis presents the stories of children of the war-torn Middle East, based on interviews with Israeli and Palestinian children.
Review Quote*...a moving, sometimes chilling, expression of the disruption and distress created in young people's lives by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, as well as a reminder of the human capacity for hope and renewal.
Review Quote* also gives a wrenching sense of childhood during a terrorist war, expressed in what appear to be genuine voices. It requires discussion after reading and would be an especially apt choice for school libraries. Recommended with reservations for Grades 5 to 12.
Review Quote*...stirring...These young people come from diverse faiths - they are Jewish, Muslim and Christian - and yet it is the commonality of their experience that impresses the reader.
Review Quote*A balanced historical introduction provides background for the interviews in which children talk about how the choices other people have made have affected their lives. Ellis alternates Israeli and Palestinian voices and prefaces each of the accounts by an informative discussion of pertinent issues and a profile of the interviewee and his/her experiences...The candid and passionate voices in these narratives may be used to awaken interest and encourage discussion among young readers.
Review Quote*An accessible historical overview that is fair to all sides...
Review Quote*An excellent presentation of a confusing historic struggle, told within a palpable, perceptive and empathetic format.
Review Quote*Here is a balanced and thought-provoking work recommended for school and public libraries.
Review Quote*Highly recommended for school and public libraries.