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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Meeting Serena via the Make-A-Wish Foundation was an extraordinary and life-changing experience. The story behind her journey to that fateful day is a brutally honest account of bravery and determination we can all take inspiration from. I certainly have.”
Darren Hayes, singer-songwriter

“These inspiring stories captured by Rachelle Sparks will make your heart sing. Every child has a wish, and everyone should read this!”
Randy Gardner, 1979 World Champion Figure Skater

About the Author

Rachelle Sparks worked as an award-winning journalist for a daily newspaper in Prescott, Arizona, where she wrote stories about the unforgettable “wish” families who became her inspiration for writing Once Upon A Wish. She then became a freelance writer for numerous publications, including Arizona Highways magazine and the Phoenix and San Francisco editions of 944 magazine, while venturing the country to interview and capture the stories of the families featured in this book. She lives with her husband, Bobby, and their two sons, Andrew and Evan, in San Diego. This is her first book.

Frank Shankwitz is a cofounder and first president/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, founded in 1980. Still actively involved, he is featured as keynote speaker for fundraising events at chapters across the country and has also served as a board member for the Arizona chapter. Shankwitz has been featured in numerous media outlets, including New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer's new book, Heroes For My Son, USA Weekend Magazine, The Huffington Post, Glenn Beck, and in newspaper articles around the world. Shankwitz is an Air Force veteran and retired as a detective from the Arizona Department of Public Safety with more than 32 years of service.

More About the Author

Rachelle Sparks was an award-winning journalist for a daily newspaper in Prescott, Arizona, where she wrote stories about the unforgettable "wish" families who became her inspiration for writing Once Upon A Wish. While venturing around the country to interview and capture the stories of the families featured in this book, she worked as a freelance writer for numerous publications, including Arizona Highways Magazine and the Phoenix and San Francisco editions of 944 Magazine. She lives with her husband, Bobby, and their two sons, Andrew and Evan, in San Diego. This is her first book.

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I hope everyone gets a chance to read this book!
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The stories within this book will touch reader's hearts as these families share their journey of challenges, fears and overwhelming heartache and pain.
Teresa Beasley
Once I began reading this book I could not put it down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann LaFontaine on March 12, 2013
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It has been a long time since we talked, but I owe you a million thanks. I am not sure if you are aware that my husband Arnt has been through 4 ½ years of surgeries, cancer, shingles, etc. etc. etc. It has been a very long and difficult process for both of us, and as for myself extremely difficult at times. After reading your book it helped change me a lot for the better. I have always said that God has gotten me through all of this and helped my in ways that are unimaginable, and given me the strength to do things I thought I would never be able to do. But, again after reading your book it has given me a totally different perspective on life and has helped me feel much, much better. Arnt ended up in ICU again last night with dangerously how hemoglobin, and kidney failure, they gave him 4 units of blood and he is responding - thanks to you I had the added strength I needed to get through this new agony. May God Bless you for your kindness to me and I imagine hundreds of other people who will be lucky enough to read your book and end up with the courage to continue through rough times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hilary D. on March 22, 2013
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This poignant and beautifully-written book features children who are an inspiration, not only because they face life-threatening illnesses, but also because during those dark and scary moments, they chose to help others. It's a touching, powerful, inspirational read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By t-beau on March 14, 2013
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Once I began reading this book I could not put it down. The book is so well written and such a tribute to these kids and their families. All the stories were articulated very well. I was inspired and touch by each and every one. I think it is a good example of life and death, kindness and charity, as well as compassion and strength. A must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DEBBIE BUMP on March 7, 2013
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I JUST FINISHED READING THIS BOOK BY RACHELLE SPARKS AND I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. IT IS TRULY AN INSPIRING BOOK AND THE AUTHORS STYLE OF WRITING IS AMAZING. AFTER READING THE BOOK YOU CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL A CONNECTION WITH EACH AND EVERY CHILD AND THEIR FAMILIES. IF YOU READ THIS BOOK I THINK YOU WILL FIND WHAT I FOUND IN EACH STORY AND THAT IS THE STRENGHT OF EACH CHILD WHO HAS A STORY IN THIS BOOK. I WOULD RECCOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE OF ALL AGES. BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniellee Artis on April 7, 2014
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it showed me what these special children have to face just to survive. It takes a very special family.to care for these special childre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daveman1970 on March 4, 2013
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I love this book and each story impacted me differently. It pulled your heart and emotions in all different directions. I hope everyone gets the same feelings!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cwolf88 on March 3, 2013
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This book was amazing! Be ready for tears, but an amazing read!! The writing was excellent and the stories were awesome. I loved learning about each child and their journey. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robshameless on March 18, 2014
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This book is an amazing journey through 8 families struggles and the blessing that was bestowed upon them by the Make A Wish foundation.
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