Blue Fish's Secret Wish
by Rania Malouf
Sara is a young fish who, although happy to play with her friends under the sea, harbors a secret wish to fly with the birds.
Because of her kind nature, a fisherman/wizard grants her wish by giving her a pair of wings, but it is only with hard work and perseverance that Sara can soar up high in the clouds like she dreams.
Malouf named the title character after her young cousin who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two, being inspired by the young girl's positive outlook despite her illness.
A message from the author:
Let's back up our love with ill children by teaching them how to overcome life's unexpected challenges and help them achieve their dreams. Let's help them by giving them the tools they need so they can live a healthy life.
Through my book I will be participating in book signing events at schools, libraries, book stores and Children's Foundations to help raise funds for organizations such as St. Baldrick's Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation - Through my fund raising events my profit of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Children's Foundations. Besides the fund raising events, I will also be donating for life 5% of my annual royalties from this book's proceeds.
Sara is the main character in Blue Fish, and is inspired by my cousin Sara who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two. Blue Fish represents everyone's hopes and dreams. Sara is now about 11 years old and has suffered through many surgeries and chemotherapy treatments with the hopes that one day she will enjoy life like every other child.
Sara's serious medical condition and positive attitude towards life has given me the inspiration and the motivation for creating my book. I am dedicating this motivating story to her.
Recipient of the Sharjah Children's Book Award 2014
Ranya Malouf holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and worked for a number of years doing marketing in the USA. Ranya now works in NYC for a non-profit organization which helps people in areas of conflict and she continues to do volunteer work in support of various children's causes. This is her first children's book.
Bob Stuhmer is a graphic artist and illustrator as well as an avid amusement park enthusiast. His other love is antique carousels for which he arranges and punches music rolls.
He began drawing flip books in the corners of his textbook pages in the first grade. Bob continued his artistic endeavors throughout high school and college, attaining a BFA from Pratt Institute and a MA from the NY Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, textbooks became children's books, and flipbooks became animation cels. Bob draws and renders using traditional methods (although he can also design digitally); he also animates.