Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak

by Deborah Ellis
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Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis's enormously popular Breadwinner trilogy recounted the experiences of children living in Afghanistan; now Ellis turns her attention to the young people of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After visiting the region to conduct interviews, she presents their stories here in their own words. Twelve-year-old Nora, eleven-year-old Mohammad, and many others speak directly about their lives - which prove to be both ordinary and extraordinary: They argue with their siblings. They hate spinach. They have wishes for the future. Yet they have also seen their homes destroyed and families killed, and live amidst constant upheaval and violence.

This simple, telling book allows young readers everywhere to see that the children caught in this conflict are just like them - but living far more difficult and dangerous lives. Without taking sides, it presents an unblinking portrait of children victimized by the endless struggle around them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780888995544
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 05/20/2004
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 12 Years

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Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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