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Wishing Moon

Wishing Moon

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 12 - 16 yrs.
Author: Michael O. Tunnell
ISBN: 0-525-47193-6
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Once the daughter of a scholar who worked in the Sultan's palace, Aminah becomes a destitute orphan who, not wishing to lower herself to begging, steals to survive. Starvation, however, changes her mind. She decides to ask the Sultan's daughter, Princess Badr Al-Burdur, for help calling to her from the street below her balcony. The hardhearted Princess grabs one of her husband's rusty lamps and beans poor Aminah on the head, knocking her out.

When Aminah comes to, she grabs the lamp and scuttles into an alley. Rubbing the lamp produces a jinni of great power with a crabby personality. Using this device, literally and figuratively, our feisty heroine embarks on a highly original, frequently humorous story of wishes that, although kindly meant, often go awry - as wishes are wont to do.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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