Thursday, November 22, 2012

Arthur A. Levine and Cheryl Klein make a teenager's dream come true...

The perfect story for our USA celebration of Thanksgiving...

This short MSN Video is about how Publisher, Editor and SCBWI board member Arthur A. Levine, along with Executive Editor Cheryl Klein worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make Stephanie Trimberger's wish come true.

In Stephanie's own words:
“My life is not easy, and books just help me get away.  And if I could do that for one other person, it would be awesome.”

Watch the video here - it's beautiful.

I love when Arthur says,

“You never actually know when the book that you have made is the book that saves somebody’s life, the book that makes somebody feel like they have hope, the book that makes somebody feel that they’re not alone. It just shows you how the work that we do can touch kids, and so that makes you feel so grateful.” 

Sadly, Stephanie passed away last week.  But I'm so glad she got to have her wish come true.  It's made me think a lot about being thankful, and for that I'm grateful.

You can read more about Stephanie and her debut novel here.  And thanks to the amazing Martha Brockenbrough for letting me know about this inspiring and heart-wrenching story, so I could share it with you.

Illustrate and Write On,


Laurisa White Reyes said...

Where can we buy her book? I didn't see it on Amazon or B&N. I'd love to support her.

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear. So sorry to hear of Stephanie's passing. Her Wish afforded so many people a chance to affirm the healing power of books.