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Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE FORBIDDEN WISH, by Jessica Khoury

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The story: Aladdin, in search of revenge, has found the lamp. He plans to use the jinni’s power and his three wishes to get revenge for his parents’ deaths. Instead, he finds Zahra: jinni of the lamp, doomed to grant wishes to humans, yet forbidden to love them. But she must accompany Aladdin to the palace in order to find and free another Shaitan jinni, or the jinn overlord will destroy her. Thirty days seems like plenty of time…but she never expected all these complications–especially the one that comes when she really does fall in love with a human.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a new take on the Aladdin story with a genie as unlike Robin Williams as possible, and a romantic, hunky Aladdin that will have every girl wishing she were the jinni in his lamp!

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