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Wishing moon / Michael O. Tunnell.

By: Tunnell, Michael O.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2004Edition: 1st ed.ISBN: 0525471936; 9780525471936.Subject(s): Jinn -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Orphans -- Fiction | Fantasy fiction | Middle East -- FictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.T825 | Wi 2004Summary: After a fourteen-year-old orphan named Aminah comes to possess a magic lamp, the wishes granted her by the genie inside it allow her to alter her life by choosing prosperity, purpose, and romance.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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After a fourteen-year-old orphan named Aminah comes to possess a magic lamp, the wishes granted her by the genie inside it allow her to alter her life by choosing prosperity, purpose, and romance.

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Gr 5-9-In this expansion of a story from the "Arabian Nights," Tunnell tells how Aminah, who has been struggling to survive after the death of her parents, comes to be hit on the head by Aladdin's lamp. Near starvation, the 14-year-old goes to the Sultan's palace to ask his daughter, who is Aladdin's wife, for help. Annoyed at being approached by a beggar, Princess Badr throws the dented old lamp at Aminah without realizing its worth. Before long, the girl figures out how to summon the jinni and uses her newfound powers to improve her own lot and the world around her. Aminah is perspicacious enough to determine the rules of the jinni's magic and work them to her advantage, but her naivet? causes her to miscalculate the impact her new riches will have on others. Moreover, Princess Badr has come to understand the lamp's value and is exerting her influence to get it back, which puts Aminah in constant peril. Add a love story and a jealous would-be lover to the mix and all the requirements of a satisfying fairy-tale elaboration are satisfied. While not as well written as, say, Robin McKinley's Beauty (HarperCollins, 1978) or Spindle's End (Putnam, 2000), this novel is fast-moving and suspenseful enough to hold readers' interest.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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