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Does anyone know this book's title?
« on: June 27, 2015, 10:17:07 pm »
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Hi everyone!

I was thinking about this book I had read years ago, and it was a really good one. Thing is, I can't remember the title. :-\ So here is everything I remember about the book so that hopefully one of you know it and can help me figure out which book it is!!

  • Main character is a boy
  • One of his family members (I think his mother) is dying because they need a transplant
  • He runs away from home because someone told him that if he found 100 airplanes, made a triangle with his thumb and index fingers so that the airplane was in the middle of the triangle, then clapped for each of them, he would get one wish. However he cannot do this near an airport (otherwise it would be very easy to get to 100)
  • Meets someone while looking for 100 airplanes and becomes friends
  • Eventually finds 100 airplanes and makes his way back home
  • Gets his wish when it is revealed that his new friend's father is a potential donor for the transplant

And that's basically all I remember. If anyone knows this novel, PLEASE let me know!! Thanks heaps AN!! :D
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Re: Does anyone know this book's title?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2015, 10:22:48 pm »
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Its ok, I managed to find it!!

The book is called 'Wish' and is written by Felice Arena. If anyone wants to read it, here is a synopsis:

"Set in rural Australia, it tells the story of Seb, a simple minded boy whose brother told him that if he could manage to catch 100 airplanes, then he would be able to make a wish. To 'catch' an airplane, one must make a triangle with their the two thumbs and pointers, move the triangle so that the plane is smack in the middle and clap. Since a plane is rare in Seb's town, he sets out on an adventure to Sydney to catch one hundred planes. His wish? To cure his mother from her cancer."
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Re: Does anyone know this book's title?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2015, 11:04:20 pm »
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When I read this post, it got me instantly thinking of the story of Sadako, which you can find books titled something along the lines of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. It's based on a true story and, despite it being about a Japanese girl, there are English versions. There's a statue in commemoration to the real Sadako and other innocent child victims that can be found in Hiroshima.
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Re: Does anyone know this book's title?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2015, 11:29:43 pm »
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Mm, I remember my grade 2 teacher reading that story to my class. Unfortunately, I was far too young then to understand and link Sadako's illness to what happened at the end of World War II.

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Re: Does anyone know this book's title?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2015, 11:42:37 pm »
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When I read this post, it got me instantly thinking of the story of Sadako, which you can find books titled something along the lines of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. It's based on a true story and, despite it being about a Japanese girl, there are English versions. There's a statue in commemoration to the real Sadako and other innocent child victims that can be found in Hiroshima.

Oh, I think I have heard of that story before! I found a link to someone reading it aloud on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZLyCck8Nk.
There are other videos with the rest of the chapters.

Thanks for sharing!
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