What you wish for : stories and poems for Darfur

Format: Print Book 2011
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Summary

WHAT YOU WISH FOR- A BOOK FOR DARFUR has brought together a potent roster of international talent, from Francisco X. Stork's hopeful 'The Rules for Wishing,' were a young man living in an unusual group home learns what it means to make a wish, to Cornelia Funke's spirited 'Rosanna,' where magic goes awry when a bully set his sights on the title character, to John green's thoughtful 'Reason,' where a boy loves an unattainable girl completely and honestly. Then there's the heartrending sacrifice one dying girls makes for another in Karen Hesse's stunning 'Nell'; a bullied boys' poignant wish for a friend in Meg Cabot's 'The Protectionist'; and many, many more gems, including poems and even a graphic story from some the best talent writing for children today.

Each story and poem has its own affecting power and celebrates the simple wishes-home, family, safety and love, things we all wish for-of the Darfuri refugees this collection honors with incredible grace, beauty and oft-times humor. What You Wish For is a collection poised to leave an indelible mark.

This collection will benefit the literacy and education of Darfuris by supporting library development in refugee camps. Book Wish Foundation, an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) public charity founded by a mother-and-son team, organized the collection and will donate it proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

You can visit Book Wish Foundation at www.bookwsh.org

Contents
The strange story of Bobby Box / Alexander McCall Smith
Pearl's fateful wish / Jeanne DuPrau
Wishes / Jane Yolen
The protectionist / Meg Cabot
The great wall / Sofia Quintero
Nell / Karen Hesse
What I wish for / Gary Soto
Reasons / John Green
The lost art of letter writing / Ann M. Martin
Secret Song / Naomi Shihab Nye
The stepsister / Cynthia Voigt
Rosanna / Cornelia Funke
I wish I could live (in a book) / Nikki Giovanni
Funny things / R.L. Stine
Cautious wishing / Marilyn Nelson
The rules for wishing / Francisco X. Stork
The conjurers / Nate Powell
The sky blue ball / Joyce Carol Oates.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In her foreword to this moving anthology, actress Mia Farrow says that every child she has met in Darfur and in other war-torn African regions has a dream, a wish for a better future. This collection of stories about the power of wishes is being published to help raise money to establish libraries in the Darfuri refugee camps of eastern Chad, thereby, perhaps, making a few of those wishes come true. Contributing their work free of charge, the writers offering stories and poems are a who's who of children's book authors, including R. L. Stine, Jane Yolen, Naomi Shihab Nye, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Hesse, Cornelia Funke, and a baker's dozen of others. There isn't a weak story in the book, but, of course, a few are standouts. Cynthia Voigt's The Stepsister. a potent, reimagined version of Cinderella. includes a shocking twist during the archetypal shoe fitting; Ann M. Martin's The Lost Art of Letter Writing is an epistolary story about two girls who become forever friends through their correspondence. Meg Cabot's The Protectionist is a funny tale about a small boy in need of a large friend. And John Green's Reasons. told in lists, is a sweet-spirited, inventive, and wistful tale about a boy who has lost his heart to a girl who lives in the disputed region of Kashmir. more than 11,000 miles away, and who, he says. is not aware that I exist. It could be argued that this is advantageous, since certainly none of the girls who do know I exist are particularly fond of me. Here's a wish: that this collection might find the widest readership possible.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Short stories that revolve around wishes form this volume created to raise money for Book Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to build libraries for Darfur refugees living in Chad. Mixing poems, stories, and even a comic, the book includes offerings from 18 all-star authors such as Meg Cabot, Alexander McCall Smith, Cornelia Funke, Joyce Carol Oates, Nikki Giovanni, Ann M. Martin, and R.L. Stine. Works range from humorous to poignant, but the theme of wishing unites the volume. Cynthia Voigt's retelling of Cinderella, which puts her stepfamily at the forefront, is a standout; others include Francisco X. Stork's heart-wrenching story of a 15-year-old living in a group home while his mother is in prison, and John Green's profound and funny contribution, told in lists, about a boy who falls for the picture of the orphan his mother is supporting in Kashmir. The essay that closes the book, by Book Wish cofounder Logan Kleinwaks, offers a clear, concise picture of the plight of the more than 100,000 refugees from Darfur and their wishes for a better future. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Wishes -- Literary collections.
Publisher New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,2011
Contributors Book Wish Foundation (Reston, Va.)
Language English
Description 252 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780399254543
0399254544
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