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John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there's something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted--they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.
John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.
P.B. Kerr, under his given name Philip Kerr, is the author of several bestselling thrillers for adult readers. His debut novel for children is a slick, zeitgeisty fantasy adventure that is sure to win him a new raft of fans. The Blue Djinn of Babylon is next up for those who get hooked. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay
The books that I most like to read are children's books and adult mysteries and thrillers.
Children who are visual-spatial/abstract thinkers would think this book is pandering to them and may dislike the obvious "educational" perspective of the book.
This is also one of those books that makes it seem that the kids are far smarter than the parents, which is a trend I really don't like.
For the beginning of a series, this has a rocky start. There was a lot of exposition in this book, and it began to get repetitive as the book went on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. P. Spotts
A+ product arŗived on time and in good condition. Recommended for book lovers.. awesome books for kids .. great series..Published 5 months ago by Ann Durflinger
Came before the estimated time frame! Read this book in grade school and I'm so glad I have the chance to read it again! Thank you very much! :)Published 6 months ago by Amanda Brown
This book was similar to several other series that I have read but it still has new things popping out at you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by 224perweek
Exciting, I love each book. Adventurious.
I would recomend these books for the young at heart. Read more
This is not the same dust cover i got and am a little upset by this but i will have to deal i guessPublished 14 months ago by Randy Moore
Even though this was a series book written for young men and women, I am having a blast now on #2. With no profanity and sexual innuendo, it's a pure pleasure to read.Published 15 months ago by Nitro
how could you have this book in audio but not in a normal reading version? i need a normal copy for my book report. really inconvenient.Published 20 months ago by Dale Carson
To be short, I thought this book was TERRIBLE. It dragged on, didn't make much sense, and has a dreary theme. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Percibeth998