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Groundwood Books

Three Wishes

Written by Deborah Ellis

For kids - 11 years old | Published June 01, 2004 | ISBN 9780888996459
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Middle East

Cover of Three Wishes

Regular price $9.95 CAD

112 pages | 8.500 in × 5.500 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Three Wishes

Deborah Ellis

Sample Chapter ↓

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.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis is a member of the Order of Canada. She has won the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2007
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2005
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice - Best of the List, 2005
  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Award, 2006
  • Long-listed BC Teen Reader's Choice Award Stellar Awards, 2006
  • Commended Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) YA Top Forty (or so) List, 2005