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The Book of Wonders Hardcover – January 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062010077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062010070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“From the start, I so wanted to know what happened next. The atmosphere and magic really pulled me in.” (Angie Sage, author of the internationally best-selling series, Septimus Heap)

“Readers will want to spend a thousand and one nights in the exotic world of The Book of Wonders. It’s a dazzling tale!” (Diane Zahler, author of The Thirteenth Princess)

In her skillful debut novel, Richards, an editor of children’s books in the U.K., keeps the novelties coming. (Publishers Weekly)

this buoyant debut offers a fresh plot, brisk pacing and engaging characters. A sprightly, accessible series opener recommended for those ready for a change of venue from standard-issue, middle-grade fantasy. (Kirkus)

Swiftly paced writing, appealing characters, and action-packed scenes carry the day. This first novel in Richards’s trilogy will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” books. (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Jasmine Richards was born in London, grew up in a library, and was the first in her family to go to university. After graduating from Oxford she had a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, then chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. Today Jasmine is a senior editor at a leading British publishing house and living in Oxfordshire with her husband in an old wool mill. The Book of Wonders is her first novel, and she would love to know what you think about it.


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Jasmine Richards was born in London, grew up in a library, and was the first in her family to go to university. After graduating from Oxford, and following a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, Jasmine chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. Today she's a senior editor at a leading British publishing house. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband in an old wool mill. The Book of Wonders is her first novel and she would love to know what you think about it. Her website is www.jasminerichards.com

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It's an exceptional start to what I'm sure will be an outstanding series.
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While it's written for children, and they are sure to enjoy it, teens and adults will find it exciting as well.
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Though this is easy to put down, I had no problem picking it back up and diving right back into the story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merin on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Zardi, short for Scheherazade, loves hearing stories about the times when magic was plentiful and abundant in the land of Arribitha. But those times are gone, ever since the evil sultan, Shahryar, came to power and forbade anyone from even talking about magic. When her sister, Zubeyda, is taken to be the sultan's next praisemaker - a job that always results in the girl's death - and her father is imprisoned, Zardi and her friend Rhidan must seek out Sinbad, and hope that the sailor's tales of lands faraway are true. Together they're all thrust into an adventure that none of them saw coming.

This was a really fun book that used the tales of One Thousand and One Nights in a very interesting way. Zardi was a downright fantastic female lead: she's tough, stubborn, and unwilling to give up. Her friendship with Rhidan is first rate, too, and I liked the way they complemented each other. While I'm familiar in passing with the story of Sinbad, this was an interesting look at his character, and definitely tarnishes the legend just a bit. Zardi is unrelenting in her search to save Zubeyda, and is willing to face danger after danger in order to ensure her sister's life. While the adventures were fun (and dangerous!), it was her spirit that really made me love this book. She was just a really perfect narrator.

I will say that this book took me far longer to read than it should have, because I stopped midway through to read a whole bunch of other things instead. This is not a knock on the book - I was thoroughly enjoying it - but it does suffer a bit from what I call the "non-stop action" affliction. Zardi and the others certainly have to go through a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivien on September 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this as apart of the Once Upon a Twilight ARC Book Tours.

Zardi lives in a world with Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. However, the Sultan has banned magic in the kingdom of Arribitha. Even speaking of magic, could get you arrested. Ironic.

Zardi has a mysterious companion in Rhidan, who was abandoned as a baby. When given a clue about his past, by Sinbad the sailor, he is compelled to find the answers.

In Arribitha the Sultan forces young girls in the position of 'praisemaker'. The young girls are held captive and eventually executed. When Zardi's sister is captured by the evil Sultan, she knows she must go to any length to rescue her.

Together, Zardi and Rhidan set off on a journey that will forever change them. Though sometimes their journey will separate them, they will battle through the trials.

A great new middle grade fantasy novel. I loved the world it was set in. I only wish that there had been more revealed about Aladdin. I only hope there is more from this series to further develop that aspect. A page turner from the start, I was hooked from the beginning and think fans of this genre will surely enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on February 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a very fast read. I read it in under a day without really trying. It's 400 pages, but I don't think the average juvenile reader will be intimidated. The font is large, and the pages breeze by.

The story is set in a unique and exotic land. Those with a little knowledge of the Arabian Nights tales will enjoy the authors homages to some of the famous characters. It ends at a satisfying place, with the urgent plot threads wrapped up - but on the brink of setting off for the remaining adventures.

Highly recommended!
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By Charles H. on September 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book especially how they did the ending it was so filled with suspense!Love this book I highly recommend it.
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By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The begining was a little confusing but when you get deeper into the book it makes sense.
Otherwise the rest of the book was amazing!
P.S. is there a second book after this one??
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By Mrs. L VINE VOICE on February 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Book of Wonders is an engaging Middle Grade tale by Jasmine Richards. I was pleasantly surprised as this reading level is sometimes hit or miss with me. But The Book of Wonders is a fun, extraordinary and smoothly written tale of magical beings and a young Zardi who loves the fantastical. Though the book is slow to start, after about 100 pages, it really picked up. And the slow start didn't bother me much because the world is so creative and well written.

The plot and characters are unique and vivid and the story is quite compelling. There are a few secondary characters that I'm praying make bigger appearances in the second installment. (Will definitely be reading it.) Though this is easy to put down, I had no problem picking it back up and diving right back into the story. The book is receiving three robots because though I love me some Middle-Grade Fantasy, this isn't everything I was hoping for.

Awesome 2012 debut. I'll be holding out for the second installment and recommend this to Fantasy readers. Those that aren't huge fans of Middle-Grade, just borrow it. Those that are, definitely worth purchasing and reading!
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By Erica on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Book of Wonders was a book I was very excited for. I adore fantasy, and middle grade fantasy always has this quality about it that rocks. It was a cute book, but was not everything I had been hoping for.

I found The Book of Wonders to have a slower start - it took me about 150 pages before I really got into the story. The world was very creative. I loved that right away when I started reading, within a few chapters, I had a grasp on the world. The story never went where I was expecting - before I started I had a much different idea of what I thought it was going to be about. I liked that quality about it.

The characters were an interesting mix. I adored Roco - he was definitely my favorite character of the book. Sula was another character who was quite awesome. She played a smaller role in this book, but I hope to see more of her in book 2!

I am now curious for book 2 - as the story cut off at a really high action time. I wanted a few more answers to be revealed before this book was tied up.

This one was a promising debut and I'm curious to see more from Jasmine Richards. It didn't have all the qualities I was looking for, but I still enjoyed the story. I am curious to hear more from Zardi and Ridhan and their fascinating world.
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