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Blue Djinn of Babylon (Children of the Lamp (Paperback)) Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Grade 5-8–This sequel to The Akhenaten Adventure (Scholastic, 2005) stands completely on its own. John and Philippa Gaunt, 12-year-old twins, are descended from a long line of djinn and have magical powers. Philippa has been practicing a dice game of particular interest to their kind, and meets the Blue Djinn of Babylon when she is accused of cheating in the annual tournament. Unfortunately, she is wrongly convicted, and John finds out that someone has stolen the Solomon Grimoire, which contains incantations that give the user limitless power over all djinn. In order to convince the Blue Djinn of her innocence, and to protect everyone from misuse of the Grimoire, the twins set off for Istanbul to recover the book. What neither one knows is that they have been set up and are walking into a trap. Once it is sprung, it will take all of Johns strength and intelligence to save Philippa; and she will need all of her cunning to survive. This wild ride has suspense and action, exotic locations, magic, and evil villains–all of the elements necessary for a good fantasy adventure. While some of the characters are two-dimensional, and some of the plot is a tad predictable, the main characters are totally believable in all their faults. Readers will also enjoy the original concept–that of the djinn society hidden among us. Give this book to readers looking for something different, maybe as an alternative to Jonathan Strouds Bartimaeus trilogy (Hyperion).–Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Gr. 5-8. Featuring adolescents initiated into a magical society invisible to unwitting "mundanes," the Children of the Lamp series nods vigorously to Harry Potter. The difference from many of its competitors, though, is the finesse with which it does so--no less apparent here than in The Akhenatan Adventure (2005), which most children will want to read first. Kidnapped by the ruthless Blue Djinn to succeed her as djinnkind's ultimate arbiter of justice, newly fledged djinn Philippa has been imprisoned to prepare her for the unwanted job. As family and friends work to find a more suitable replacement, Philippa's twin, John, must rescue her from an underground palace, accessed through an American military base in Iraq--an up-to-the-minute element that fits oddly with the narrative's old-fashioned tone (at one point, John creeps about "Indian-style," and what 12-year-old New Yorker uses words like quite and indeed?). At the same time, though, the plot also feels more controlled than its predecessor, with greater limitations to the magic preventing the heroes' paths from seeming artificially smooth. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Children of the Lamp (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439670225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439670227
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dear readers,

If you are one of those readers deciding whether or not to try reading "The Blue Djinn of Babylon," you need not worry. Once you pick up this awesome book, you won't stop till you come to the final conclusion..... which hints of MORE to come!

In this complex, but well written plot, Kerr ought to be crowned for the most expected to achieve author. I bet my money that Kerr is the only author that has tried to squeeze so much into a storyline, and still succeeded in making the plot "fun, quirky, and interesting."

Warning: Even though this book is VERY good, I suggest reading the first book of the Children of the Lamps Series... you might be slow on the second book then. If you read this excellently written book, try to think of all the imagining and work that went behind it pages.
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In the second volume of the Children of the Lamp trilogy, djinn (genie) twins John and Philippa Gaunt are suffering the powerlessness caused by a cold New York winter (djinn need heat in order to use their powers). Dybbuk, a djinn visitor, shows them that sitting in a sauna will temporarily jumpstart their forces. But is Dybbuk setting them up somehow?

The twins play a trick on their wealthy housekeeper's own worthless housekeeper. In the process, John meets Frank Vodyannoy, the resident djinn of the famous Dakota apartment building. Mr. Vodyannoy warns John to watch out for relatives of Iblis, the bad djinn the twins defeated in THE AKHENATEN ADVENTURE. He gives John a gift --- one emergency wish to use when he's desperate.

Philippa spies her mother arguing with Ayesha, who is the famously hard-hearted Blue Djinn, the leader of all djinn, good and bad. When Philippa asks her mother about the argument, she mysteriously denies it took place. Yet she appears sad and even refuses to discuss the topic of the Blue Djinn with John. However, John learns that Ayesha is searching for a replacement.

Philippa competes in her first Djinnverso Tournament, a gambling dice game, and meets Ayesha, who makes cryptic remarks to her, including the admonition to remember "it's nothing personal." Philippa agrees to this ominous warning although she has no clue what the powerful djinn is talking about. But soon Philippa is framed --- as a cheater! --- and is banned from all Djinnverso tournaments for eternity.

An enormously important book of djinn magic called the Solomon Grimoire, which contains powerful incantations that could enslave any djinn, has been stolen by a Blue Djinn guard who now regrets his actions.
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This second book in the “Children of the Lamp” series can be read without reading the first, but why would anyone want to do that? Both books are excellent adventures for both young adults and adults who think they’re still young, and should not be separated at any cost.

We take up the story with John and Phillipa Gaunt, the djinn twins from New York, suffering from the winter blues around the time of the Halloween festivities. Being fiery beings, cold weather tends to send their powers into hibernation, necessitating the summoning of a djinn doctor who specializes in holistic health treatments, and of course lots of accompanying tonic.

The twins’ mother Layla has renounced her powers to try to lead a normal life for her family’s sake, so she keeps tight control over their magical escapades, and when the doctor’s wayward son Dybbuk (call me Buck) lets them into a little secret for recharging their magical batteries, they jump at the chance for a little magic on the side.

Their friend Mr. Rakshasas (an Irish-accented Indian djinn who lives in a lamp) has written a very significant and important book, and at the book-launching party their kindly Uncle Nimrod introduces them to the who’s who of djinn society, including Stan Bunyip of Australia and David Kabikaj of Canada, as well as the Cruella de Ville of evil djinn, Mimi de Ghule. At this meeting Phillipa learns that Ayesha the Blue Djinn (leader, judge and jury of all djinn, good or evil) is almost ready to retire, and is looking for a successor.
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A Kid's Review on January 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Blue Djinn of Babylone is AMAZING!!! I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down! It was as though my hands were glued to the book! My mom got mad when she saw my light on at 11:00 PM because I was still reading. When you start to read this book, you will wish that P.B. Kerr would hurry up with another book it's soo good!!!!
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I am 60 years old and have just retired as an elementary and middle school librarian. I love to read and totally adore reading fantasy. I am one of those 60 year olds who feel as though they are 13. The Children of the Lamp series really took hold of my heart as I listened to both on tape. P. B. Kerr is very creative and has a gift for providing a very exciting setting. His books leave you in suspense as to what is going to happen in the next book. I can't wait for book 3. My granddaughters are now reading the book and loving every word. That, of course, is the real test to me - how well my 10 and 11 year old granddaughters enjoy the book. They love fantasy like their grandmother and are avid readers. John and Phillippa are good role models for children as they are good and kind. They are highly intelligent and have a love for learning as well as adventure. As twin siblings, they are very devoted to each other and their family. You cannot help but love them. I highly recommend this series to our youth and to all wannabe youths like myself.

Beverly Dyer

August 16, 2006
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