The Wish List

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Eoin Colfer has made millions of fans around the world with his much-loved character, Artemis Fowl, the star of his hugely best-selling series. Now, in a beautifully written novel that is already breaking records in his native Ireland, Colfer introduces readers to a lovable but troubled heroine, who has been given the opportunity for a special kind of redemption. Meg Finn is in trouble-unearthly trouble. Cast out of her home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after ...
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Overview

Eoin Colfer has made millions of fans around the world with his much-loved character, Artemis Fowl, the star of his hugely best-selling series. Now, in a beautifully written novel that is already breaking records in his native Ireland, Colfer introduces readers to a lovable but troubled heroine, who has been given the opportunity for a special kind of redemption. Meg Finn is in trouble-unearthly trouble. Cast out of her home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after her latest stunt, finding a place to sleep is the least of her worries. Belch, her partner in crime, has gotten her involved in the attempted robbery of an elderly man, Lowrie McCall. And things go horribly wrong. After an accidental explosion, Meg's spirit is flung into limbo, and a race begins between the demonic and the divine to win her soul. Irreverent, hilarious, and touchingly hopeful, The Wish List takes readers on a journey of second chances, where joy is found in the most unexpected places.
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The Irish author who created the criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl returns with this heavenly, stand-alone book about a girl out to save her eternal soul. With his knack for suspenseful plot twists and intriguing characters, Eoin Colfer tells the spirited tale of young Meg Finn, a girl who is accidentally killed by her partner-in-crime during a burglary. Fortunately for Meg's soul, one last-minute act of kindness rescues her from being sent through the tunnel directly to hell; after winding up in limbo instead, the girl's spirit returns to earth in the hope of eventually going through "the Pearlies." To make the heavenly cut, Meg goes to the aid of the elderly Lowrie McCall, a down-and-out bloke who has four wishes on his list before he dies. Sound simple? It would be, but the trouble is, the bad boy downstairs has an eye out for Meg's soul, too, and he's sent a "Soul Man" -- a vicious dog-boy creature, who happens to be Meg's deceased murderer -- to retrieve it. Colfer's energetic romp through heaven, hell, and all Irish points in between is a blissful trip. Even though The Wish List doesn't have the in-depth, magical, hi-tech lingo that the Artemis books are known for, it does have its share of cool gadgets and otherworldly hijinks that will keep fans turning pages. A quick read that'll just keep you thirsty for more from Colfer. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
"The author of Artemis Fowl turns his keen wit to the afterlife in this darkly humorous tale," wrote PW in a starred review of this novel, about an Irish girl who embarks on a journey to help the man she tried to rob before she was killed in an explosion. Ages 10-up. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2004: When a nasty teenage boy named Belch and his even nastier dog Raptor involve 14-year-old Meg in the attempted robbery of an old man, an unexpected explosion occurs. Meg, Belch, and Raptor are blown up and their souls are flung out of their bodies. Belch and Raptor somehow meld into one creature and wind up as a minion of Satan, but Meg's soul ends up in limbo, with Saint Peter and the Devil vying for it. Meg is given a last chance at salvation: she is sent back to Earth to help the man she had tried to rob. Old Lowrie McCall knows he will die soon, and he has a wish list of regrets to set straight. Meg tries to help him, but Belch (now with many comically doglike qualities) has been sent back to Earth to make sure she fails. Where will Meg's soul finally end up? Fast, funny, and irreverent, this is a clever and thought-provoking novel by the Irish author of the wildly popular Artemis Fowl series. It's full of action (though when people inhabit each other's bodies it can be a bit confusing), and the moral issues raised make this more than just an amusing fantasy/adventure tale. Sure to be popular. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Scholastic, 252p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Meg, kicked out of her house by her stepfather after her mother dies, becomes a troublemaker. When she and her friend Belch attempt to rob Lowrie McCall, an elderly neighbor, a nearby gas tank inadvertently explodes and she finds herself in a tunnel, hurtling toward the beyond. Meanwhile, Saint Peter and Beelzebub argue over Meg's soul-she is not really a bad kid but neither is she a very good one. In order to decide her fate, they send her back to Earth, where she must try to patch things up with Lowrie. After a rough beginning, she and the dying man embark on a quest to help him right the mistakes that he made during his life. Their adventures are both humorous and poignant, as Lowrie confronts his regrets and Meg strives to attain salvation. Whether the events are set in Ireland or in a hereafter complete with computer technology, Colfer concocts a delightful novel that is written in a much lighter vein than his "Artemis Fowl" books (Hyperion). He brings together several unforgettable characters, including an irascible old man, a mouthy heroine, and a malevolent spirit that attempts to stop Meg from completing her mission. The interaction of the heavenly-and not so heavenly-beings adds an unexpected dimension to the novel. An entertaining and compelling read.-Janet Hilbun, formerly at Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An abused teen and a bitter old man find affection and redemption in this heartwarming . . . slapstick comedy? A bungled robbery leaves Meg and her pathetic partner Belch dead. Belch goes straight to hell, but Meg dies perfectly balanced between good and evil. She's given one last chance to save her soul by bringing some meaning to the last days of her intended victim, crotchety old-timer Lowrie. Soppy, perhaps, but for the humor of Lowrie's delinquent tasks for Meg, from trespassing to fisticuffs. Helping Lowrie won't do Meg much good if each of her good deeds moves her a little bit closer to hell. And Belch, more moronic than ever, has been sent back by Beelzebub to guarantee her failure. Worse, the temptation to use her reprieve for some late vengeance against her abusive stepfather might overwhelm Meg's mission. A lightweight and moving chuckler. (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786818631
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: First U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 273,018
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer (www.eoincolfer.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Andrew Donkin (www.andrewdonkin.com) is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults. His work in comics includes Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight as well as the graphic novel adaptations of Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident with Eoin Colfer. He lives in London, England.

Biography

Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:

"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."

"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."

"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."

"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."

"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

1 Double Act 1
2 Dead as Doornails 17
3 Unhappy Endings 29
4 Unwelcome Visitors 41
5 Makeover 67
6 Kissy Sissy 90
7 Over the Fence 113
8 The Equalizer 131
9 The Sad Part 156
10 Burst Ball 175
11 A Spare Wish 185
12 Double Revenge 200
13 From a Great Height 221
14 Here and Thereafter 247
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    I LOVED this book!

    I love all of Mr. Colfer's books, but this may have been my favorite! I really liked the plot--it was simple and easy, yet fun and exciting, and I like the way the story turned out, and the realism behind it. It was very funny, and the characters were believable, and I would definitely read it again!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    This book will rule like Artemis Fowl !!!¢¾

    This book is gonna be awesome£! I cannot wait!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    The Wish List

    Great book, lot of action, and well written. A creative idea. In the begining, it may seem a little confusing, but you'll catch on write away. I liked the characters, and the conclusion. Others will too. It is about a girl who commited crime, and when she dies she is in between heaven and hell. The girl, Meg, must help and old man complete his Wish List, but its not as simple as it seems..........

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Kfjgngjr

    It stinks

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    Great Book

    Eion Colfer, The Wish List is a bittersweet book about doing the right thing for people that like fantasy.

    The wish list takes place in a town called Dublin. The main character is Meg Finn in Eion Colfer's, The Wish List. Meg Finn is a ghost after a gas tank explosion. She wasn't good enough to go to heaven but wasn't bad enough to go to hell. Meg goes back to the real world as a ghost and tries to make herself a better person. Meg helps an old guy named Lowrie McCall that she tried to rob when she was alive. Will Meg make it to heaven or will she go to hell or maybe she will do absolutely nothing and stay in the middle?
    Eion Colfer's readers from all around will love the wish list because of its amazing parts about respect, love, and life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    AWESOME

    This is the best book I have ever read. I know if you read it , it will be your favorite book to. This book is showing with God ALL things are possible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    I read this book in about four hours!!!

    This book is sooo good! I'd been waiting for it for a long time, and found it in the used bookstore I haunt. You really get attatched to the characters and can't wait to see the outcome of the story.. I'd reccomend this book to anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Yeah

    Yes, another book form Eion Colfer, I love his books. I still hope that there is a fourth in the Artemis Fowl series. I can't wait to read The Wish List.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    A good book by a good author!!!

    hello im ben irwin this author is good i have read the whole artemis fowl series and i haven't read the wish list but i think it'll be good like artemis fowl i can;t wait to read it!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    It is one of the best books!

    The Wist List is funny and exciting! I recomend it to everyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Truly amazing

    This book completely blew my mind and helped me stretch my imagination. At times it was a bit confusing, but if I kept reading it all came together. I totally recomend this book to preteens and up. My mother also loved this book so definatly a good book for adults to! I know yu wil love this book as much as I did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    One of the best I have ever read

    This book is probably one of the best books I have ever read and that's saying something because I have read over a million books. If I had to to pick on what shelf it would be on it would probably be on the same as Artemis Fowl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Bookhead

    Great book a little confusing at some parts. Grade leavle 6 and up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Amazing book

    Graet

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Under minded sixth grader who says gahhhh

    I bought the book some time ago and i got abuot a third thourgh it and shabam it all just went to pieces it wouldnt open and i never got to the end. I will find out tough

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Amazing read

    This book is easily my second favorite book. Colfer pulls readers in with a unique plot. The first scene is a litttle intense. I would recommend this book to people who like a bitter sweet ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Sample

    This book`s sample really makes me want to buy it but my mom is stalling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    the wish list???

    Am I the only one who thought this was a sequel to Eternity Code? Is there a sequel coming?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    To Joe 2

    Yup. Get it. It is a seriously awesome book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Question

    I am debating on getting this book. Should I ? Reply to Joe 2

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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