Three Wishesby Deborah Ellis
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,
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.
- Groundwood Books Ltd
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- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 3 MB
- Age Range:
- 11 Years
Meet the Author
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner books — a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with more than $1 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She recently received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Ontario.
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Three Wishes is a wonderful book, its about the Isreal and Palestian war. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews children from both backgrounds, as they describe their hardships and daily life as they watch the war rage on between the two sides. The author does a great job of engaging the reader by writing about different stories that the children talk about. What I liked about this book is that the story is that I was able to hear both sides of the war from what the children had told the author. I think any one who likes to read about world cultures or about world new will enjoy this story.
Three Wishes is about the war in the Middle East, involving Israelis and Palestinians. The war began in 1948 and has affected the children who live in the war area. Three Wishes talks about how the children's lives have been affected and includes real interviews with them. Deborah Ellis gives facts about the war situation and causes, and effects it has had on everyone, especially children. The author, Deborah Ellis, does a good job of engaging the reader. She captures your attention with heart-breaking or interesting facts at the beginning of each entry. When you begin to read what the children had to say about their lives and the war, you never want to put it down. Their lives are greatly affected by the war and its amazing ot learn about them. I like this book because it is not something most people would want to read. However, it is so different that it is really interesting to read. It's very enjoyable and captures your attention. I am confused about why the Israelis can at any time start a curfew to shut everything down. Why do they do it if there isn't a legitimate reason? I think anyone who is a young teen and older will enjoy this book because it is very interesting. Although it's not the type of book most teenagers would read, it is very good and you should give it a chance. It opens your eyes to how one person's choice can affect thousands of people and their lives. Three Wishes is a great book!