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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press; 3 edition (5 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862788943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862788940
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 862,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

Eoin Colfer's The Wish List is a bitter yet rip-roaringly funny tale of two wayward teenagers on the road to hell--literally. The story opens with Meg Finn and Belch Brennan, two bad kids on the block, breaking in to a pensioner's flat. At the very last minute Meg reneges on the deal and tries to break for freedom, leaving the aged Lowrie McCall screaming with the pain inflicted by Belch's blood-thirsty hound. Backed into a corner by Belch and a shotgun, Meg pleads with Belch to call an ambulance and save the old man's life. Instead he pulls the trigger and in a split second of evil and madness the bullet hits a gas tank and knocks Meg's soul out of her skin, catapulting her spirit along a vast tunnel on the way to some particularly shiny, pearly gates.

Meanwhile, Beelzebub is fretting. His boss was expecting two souls, and although Belch (in his new incarnation as a dribbling, growling, red-eyed dog-boy) took the correct turn in the tunnel, he's rather miffed that Meg found her way to the beautifully buffed Pearlies and an interview with Saint Peter and his rather complicated points system. So, the archangel and the demon do a deal, and Meg is given a chance to redeem herself. If she fails on her mission to help Lowrie McCall work his way through his Wish List before he dies, then she too will be heading south to join the boy-band members, the mime artists, Belch and the world's computer boffins in fiery damnation...

The Wish List was first published in Ireland in 2000, bringing with it much critical acclaim. In 2002, following the enormous and well-deserved success of the Artemis Fowl books, Eoin Colfer's publishers decided to let the rest of the world sneak a peak. And about time too. Hopelessly hopeful, immorally moral, rattling with the pain of its anti-heroine as she faces her own demons, and rib-crackingly, laugh-out-loud funny, The Wish List strikes an almost perfect balance between good, old-fashioned scruples and thoroughly modern irreverence in what is ultimately, and most importantly, a darn good read. Not for the faint-hearted, and certainly not for those who can't take a border-line sick joke every now and then, The Wish List is a divinely devilish tale for anyone who enjoys a bucket full of grit and truck load of wisecracks with their reading material. Age 10 and over, recommended particularly for older readers. --Susan Harrison. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'another fast-moving plot from the bestselling author Eoin Colfer'

(Books Ireland Books Ireland)

'a picaresque adventure in the Fursey tradition'

(RTE Guide RTE Guide)

'Inventive, entertaining and completely refreshing, The Wish List is a witty and original read which wins you over -- and makes you laugh.'

(T2 Online)

'From the beginning of this novel, when Meg and Belch break into old Mr. McCall's flat, the story grips the reader, in turns gritty, harsh, funny and tender ... the seemingly effortless craftsmanship in this book allows the reader to be swept along with the highs and lows of the story and to emerge at the end after an entertaining and breathless ride.'

(School Librarian The School Librarian)

'A laugh-aloud adventure'

(Mary Arrigan - The Sunday Tribune The Sunday Tribune)

'Absolutely superb'

(Independent on Sunday)

'Funny and feisty'

(The Mail on Sunday)

'The Wish List is an anarchic gem - ingenius, original, fast paced and very funny ... tinged with black humour, that children aged 11-15 will love.'

(The Sunday Herald)

'It's A Wonderful Life with attitude ... A sharp, streetwise, wisecracking fantasy for 10+ in which even St Peter talks like a dude'

(The Sunday Times)

'Echoes of Roddy Doyle, Flann O'Brien and even Samuel Beckett.'

(The Telegraph)

'So devilishly chucklesome that even St Peter might find his halo slipping from laughing so much'

(Sunday Times)

'A highly imaginative blend of black humour, technology and sadness'

(Book Fest 2000)

'Inventive, entertaining and completely refreshing, The Wish List is a witty and original read which wins you over -- and makes you laugh.'

(T2 Online)

'I laughed out loud all through The Wish List...his originality is impressive and his storytelling captivating.'

(Prue Goodwin - Children's Books in Ireland Children's Books in Ireland)

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Format: Paperback
THE WISH LIST
Eoin Colfer's latest children's book, 'The Wish List', is one of the most unusual you will find. It manages to combine a deep and spiritual storyline with the funniest, most down-to-earth humour imaginable, and also has warm, sympathetic characters, who spring to life (or indeed afterlife!) from the page. The protagonist of the book is Meg Finn, aged fourteen,"bold but not bad". Her mother's death, her odious stepfather and a rough neighbourhood have all left their mark on her, the end result being that she is trapped into taking part in a burglary. However, the "job" does not go as planned; so much so, in fact, that by the end of chapter one both Meg and the leader of the break-in, Belch, are in the direst straits imaginable. Meg discovers that the keeper of the Pearly Gates is not as easy to con as the juvenile court. Fit for neither heaven nor hell, her aura an indefinite purple instead of the blue of the virtuous or the red of the wicked, she has no choice but to try to find a way to tip the scales in heaven's favour. The way involves Lowrie McCall, owner of the house she had tried to burgle, and the Wish List may be a solution for both. Unfortunately, they have reckoned without the evil, cunning and obstinacy of the Devil and his sidekick Beelzebub, for Meg's soul is of especial interest to Satan. His instrument: her ex fellow-criminal, Belch Brennan. Can all Meg's smartness defeat the immense powers of evil pitted against her? The story races along. Almost everything it touches, from the security guards at the national television station to St. Peter's mobile phone, is treated with the same dry humour, yet I never once found the scenario itself ridiculous.
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I am a slightly reluctant convert to Artemis Fowl, partly because of the massive hype it has had, and partly because it's just a bit too slick. However The Wish List is a terrific book. Two teenagers break into an old man's flat, and one of them, Belch, wounds him. The other, Meg, has a spark of goodness still left in her and it's this that saves her from going to Hell when Belch causes them both the die. For Meg's aura is mingled, and although Beelzebub himself wants her for her evil cunning, she might win through to Heaven if she can go back to Earth and redeem herself by helping the old man she nearly killed.
The quality of imagination, the jokes and the fun could only have come from an Irish Catholic, but the appeal of the story is universal. Meg's grudging affection for the old man, and his relationship with her cause her unhappy past to unfold before the reader, and the final struggle between good and evil sends shivers up your spine. My 9 year old loved it as much as I did, and the last sentence made us both get out the Kleenex. One parfticularly enjoyable aspect is the fun Colfer has with technology - all the computer programmers go to Hell, and St. Peter and his opposite number have secret telephone calls. Thoroughly recommended as one of the funniest, most exciting and original children's novels.
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I first picked up this book when I noticed it was by one of my favourite Authors, Eoin Colfer. After flicking through the first few pages I became interested and purchased my own copy.
This book has followed in the footsteps of the great Artemis Fowl and entranced me. This book is Eoin Colfer on top form and will have your sides splitting from laughter.
The book follows the story of Meg Finn, a 14 year old Girl. After trying to save an old man whom she was robbing, she gets blown to bits along with her partner in crime and they are both sent up the long tunnel into the next life. However there is no next life for Meg yet seeing has her points are equal, so she cannot go to Heaven or Hell but has to go back and help the old man she was trying to rob.
You will have to read the book for yourself to find out whether she gets into Heaven or fails and falls to Hell. However, Eoin Colfer gives us his take on what Heaven and Hell are like in the 20th century and how they have changed from the Bible version.
This book has a gripping storyline, (I couldn't put it down)and is a hilarious read for the entire family. It is certainly living up to it predecessor and would give Harry Potter a run for it's money!
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This is a great quick read with an endearing message. The pace is excellent. The subtle and not so subtle references are hilarious. Good versus evil match wits in this wonderful page turner. Colfer really knows how to write. He packs a lot of thought and meaning into short, snappy phrases. Deeper insight than in the Artemis Fowl books, which incidentally I really enjoyed, but at a light, easy to comprehend level. Adults as well as kids will have fun with this.
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By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
I discovered this book after reading the Artimis fowl series. It's one of Colfers earlier titles, with a fast paced storyline, makeing the book hard to put down.
It's a story about good and evil, Heaven and hell. The main character (Meg) has to redeem herself after her death to secure her place in heaven and is sent back to help an old man complete his wish list of 3 tasks. An amusing thought provoking and often sad read, it's a must for any fan of Colfer. The only criticism of this book is that its a bit short, but would be a good changeling read for a younger child.
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