When Jessi volunteers to help supervise the Kids Can Do Anything Club, she meets nine-year-old Danielle. Danielle has a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. But Danielle is no ordinary little girl. She has cancer.
Jessi never met anyone like Danielle before. Even though she is very sick, Danielle is courageous and hopeful. She even has two wishes. The first is to go to Disney World. The second is to graduate from elementary school. Jessi knows she has to be strong for Danielle, and so she makes a very special wish of her own.
With the help of Your Wish Is My Command, the Roberts family are able to go on vacation to Disney World. Near the end, Danielle goes back to the hospital, but the Kids Club and Jessi all send her letters. Jessi also makes the same wish twice: 'Please get better, Danielle,'
The idea for Jessi’s Wish came to me after I heard about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to critically ill children. I thought it sounded like a wonderful program, so I granted a wish for a young girl named Danielle. Once I got to know Danielle, I was struck by her courage in the face of her illness, and I wanted to write a story about a girl who, like Danielle, had cancer. This is why Jessi’s Wish is dedicated to the real Danielle.
Several years after this book came out, Starlight, an organization in Chicago similar to Make-A-Wish, contacted me. They had heard about a girl named Nikki whose wish was to meet the author of The Baby-sitters Club. So I flew to Chicago and spent the day with Nikki and her family. A couple of years later, another girl with a similar wish came to New York with her family to meet me. And just a year ago, I heard about Elizabeth, whose wish was to meet her favorite author. She and her family were flown to New York City, and I spent the afternoon with them. I’ve met many wonderful kids who have inspired me with their spirit, which is why Jessi’s Wish is so special to me.