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The wish list
Colfer, Eoin.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2003.

Physical Description:
252 pages ; 21 cm
Meg Finn is in trouble. She's dead, but not at peace--she's in limbo, her good deeds perfectly balanced against her bad deeds; Heaven or Hell wait, a tip of the scale away. So she's back on Earth trying to tip the scale to the good by helping her last victim, and her former "partner" is also back, trying to force her to tip the scale to the bad.
General Note:
Originally published: Dublin : O'Brien Press, 2000.
Reading Level:
520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.0 7.0 72358.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.1 13 Quiz: 34178 Guided reading level: W.
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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 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.

Author Notes

Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland on May 14, 1965. After taking a three-year degree course in Dublin, he qualified as a primary teacher in 1986. Returning to Wexford he began teaching in a local primary school by day and wrote at night. In 1991, he left Ireland and spent the next four years working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. Resettling in Wexford after his arrival back in Ireland, he recommenced his teaching career, continuing his habit of writing after school. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in October 1998. His other works include Benny and Babe, the O'Brien Flyers series, and the Artemis Fowl series. He became a full-time author following the success of Artemis Fowl. The Wish List won a Bisto Merit Award in 2001.

In 2015 he won an Irish Book Award in the children's category with his title Imaginary Fred.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. The author of the Artemis Fowl books offers a cheeky look at life after death and how the ethical decisions made on earth influence one's ending up in heaven or hell. Within the first few pages, 14-year-old Meg Finn and her partner, Belch, along with his pit bull, are blown to smithereens while attempting to rob elderly Lowrie McCall. Belch and his dog meld into one unearthly creature headed straight to hell, but Meg's good deeds and bad are of equal weight. St. Peter and Beelzebub agree to give her a last chance; they arrange for her to help old McCall complete his wish list. But Beelzebub isn't about to play fair; he sends Belch after Meg to make sure she screws up. A dying curmudgeon's wishes may not be the most compelling plot device for young readers, and the narrative is so breezy that it's sometimes hard to follow--especially when the characters are often inhabiting one another's bodies. Yet the moral underpinnings of the story--why people do bad things and the idea of obtaining redemption--are presented in an interesting, amusing way. Surprisingly thought-provoking. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

"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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This unusual fantasy takes on heaven, hell, and the limbo in between and is populated with all manner of demons, angels, and familiar key players like Satan and St. Peter. Bringing them to life is the voice of James Wilby who provides a tour de force performance. His talented reading enriches our understanding of the characters and plot. Eoin Colfer's novel (Hyperion/Miramax, 2003) will garner instant attention from his legions of Artemis Fowl fans. Told with much dry wit and black humor, Meg Finn's short, sad life is brought to a sudden end by the bungling of Belch Brennan. On the way to a Final Reckoning, Meg turns out to have a one-in-a-million soul, exactly balanced between good and evil. Belch, on the other hand, goes straight to a hell peopled with techies and film stars who enable Satan and his sleazy assistant Beelzebub to continue their evil ways. An odd arrangement between St. Peter and Beelzebub sends Meg back to Earth to help Dublin pensioner Lowrie McCall carry out his final wishes, with a Belch-and-dog soul blend trying to thwart her every good deed. If only she can earn enough points to get to heaven and see her beloved mother, Meg will be saved. Wilby brings a different accent, tone, and pitch to every character, whether ordinary or bizarre, helping listeners to sort them all out. Colfer's teen fans will be challenged, entertained, and amused. Taking conventional religious ideas about the soul and good and evil and placing them in a fantasy setting brings up the only potential downside; some may find this unconventional view of the afterlife to be offensive. Barring that, this compelling audiobook will appeal to those with a taste for the quirky.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Double Actp. 1
2 Dead as Doornailsp. 17
3 Unhappy Endingsp. 29
4 Unwelcome Visitorsp. 41
5 Makeoverp. 67
6 Kissy Sissyp. 90
7 Over the Fencep. 113
8 The Equalizerp. 131
9 The Sad Partp. 156
10 Burst Ballp. 175
11 A Spare Wishp. 185
12 Double Revengep. 200
13 From a Great Heightp. 221
14 Here and Thereafterp. 247