Series: Genie #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on September 15th 2009
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Be careful what you wish for. . . .
When new stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess move to a town in the middle of nowhere, the last thing they expect is to find a magic book. But then they stumble upon The Genie Handbook, and their lives are changed forever. Each chapter in The Genie Handbook contains one of six stages of training to be mastered, and the kids are thrilled to begin their schooling--especially since once they become genies, they can wish themselves back to London and their old lives.
But then some of the wishes go wrong, and the magic starts to seem scarier. And when the kids discover a mysterious couple watching them covertly, they realize there's more to the handbook than they ever could have guessed.
If the children's greatest wish of all is finally granted, will their world change for better or for worse? Maybe sometimes it takes something even more powerful than a genie to reveal your true heart's desire.
This was really cute. The step-sibs got along a lot better than I was expecting them to. And there were a few unbelievable moments, but all in all, I enjoyed it.
I was expecting the bad guy to be worse than what turned out to be the case. Though it totally worked with the reveal at the end, and with the age group the book is aimed at. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to complete each step, and that even when they failed they were able to figure out why with a little help from the book.
I really liked all the kids, especially Milly. And it was fun to see what kind of trouble the steps in the book brought them, as well as how they managed to escape. This isn’t listed as being in a series, but it is actually book one of at least two. I enjoyed it enough I’ll be picking up the 2nd book soon.
If you like middle grade with humor and magic, you should read this book.