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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Children Of The Lamp (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439932165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439932165
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Children of the Lamp series: "Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme in his first novel for children. . . ." --BOOKLIST "A breakneck-paced, Indiana Jones-style adventure. . . . Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun...." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "[T]he humor is just right, the captivating world of the djinn is faultlessly depicted and expanded, and Kerr balances the resolution with enough uncertainties to draw readers back for the next installment. This work is likely to win new fans as well as please those who enjoyed the previous book." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES "Kerr brings a wealth of invention and a solid grounding of research into djinn legends to his creation, giving the story and its deftly varied episodes a rich texture. . . . Capable writing and a well-shaped plot will reward fans returning to this series." --THE HORN BOOK

About the Author

P. B. Kerr was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he developed a lifelong love of reading. Although the Children of the Lamp books are P. B. Kerr's first for children, he's well known as the thriller writer Philip Kerr, author of the Berlin Noir series, including, most recently, A QUIET FLAME; IF THE DEAD RISE NOT; A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION; GRIDIRON; THE SHOT; and many other acclaimed novels. Mr. Kerr lives in London with his family.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rifleman on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the best Children OF the Lamp book yet. There are many twists and turns throughout the plot.... and i cannot wait for the next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2008
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The fourth novel in the Children of the Lamp series features the terracotta warriors, thousands of six foot tall clay statues buried with the Chinese Emperor of Qin, somewhere back in 210 BC. These statues were for protection as well as to ensure that the Emperor had a full army at his disposal in the afterlife. As the story goes, someone is reanimating these ancient warriors, and possessing them with evil spirits.

Meanwhile, on the good Djinn side, Djinn twins John and Phillipa Gaunt, their Uncle Nimrod and the crew head off to find Faustina Sachertorte (who is in the Djinn equivalent of suspended animation) in the hopes of reviving her to take the place of the twins' mother as the hard-hearted and extremely logical Blue Djinn of Babylon. This requires careful planning, because their father is under a Methusaleh binding that makes him age rapidly once the twins aren't at home, which of course they aren't.

Back on the other side, Faustina's brother Dybbuk is acting up, misusing his powers in exchange for fifteen minutes of fame as the next (and much improved) David Copperfield. Unfortunately his antics are noticed by his father, Iblis, the leader of the Ifrit (a.k.a. the really bad Djinn) and before he realizes it, Dybbuk is being used to set up a really big scam that could change the balance of good and evil.

Better than book three, Cobra King Of Kathmandu (Children Of The Lamp), this one takes the reader to exotic locations with exotic food, contains a lot of surprises, and features two very famous gentlemen from the past.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christina on December 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
i LOVE these books....such a great series....awesome characters...and each book is better than the last. i hope the author has many more planned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c. mcgillycuddy on July 28, 2013
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This book had everything, I've enjoyed all the books in this series so far and I recommend it . Some other series I have enjoyed are the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan as well as the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When John and Philippa first see their father after returning from an adventure in Nepal and India, they are shocked to find him changed into a very old man. Mr. Gaunt had been a normal human until his wife Layla --- one of the most powerful djinns in the world --- put him under a Methuselah spell. She hopes this will keep her children by his side and prevent the djinn twins from following her to Babylon, where she is going to assume the position of "Blue Djinn of Babylon."

Unbeknownst to Layla, however, John and Philippa temporarily had been replaced by imitations so they could pursue other adventures. To reverse the aging process, they must get help and are faced with some very serious decisions: How will they be able to leave their father under such circumstances? And how can they get their mother back home and prevent her from becoming the Blue Djinn of Babylon?

Djinns cannot be discouraged easily. And before you know it, after a few setbacks --- such as a terrible accident in which their beloved housekeeper ends up unconscious in the hospital --- help arrives on a whirlwind, in the person of the strange magical djinn Marion Morrison. Nurse Marion wears cowboy boots and has "two beady gray eyes that she was able to control so that she could look in two different directions at the same time."

In a complicated and wild story, the twins embark on yet another adventure as they try to find the true Blue Djinn of Babylon (Faustina, who has lost her body somewhere in England) and help her brother Dybbuk (who is on the brink of joining forces with the dark side after he discovers that his father is none other than Iblis, the most evil djinn in the world). Their Uncle John, the butler Mr. Groanin and the kindly old djinn Mr. Rakshasas join them.
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By The Honest Bookworm on June 26, 2014
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This book was okay. It is by far the best CotL book, but it starts to go downhill. You can tell that the author is religious and a bit of an idealist. Characters can be kind of flat. I really enjoyed most of it though, the Jonathan Tarot subplot was by far the best part of the book. If you want to keep your love for this series, stop reading here.
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By D. Buckman on January 9, 2014
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If you like the genre of mystery, is good for adults too. I have read the whole series along with my children. I find them interesting and fun. It is a light read. Nice away from the stress of everyday.
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By tonia4christ on December 14, 2013
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This book was in great shape! And was a great deal for my kids and they love this book series.
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