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The Genie's Gift by [Eboch, Chris]

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From the Author

My first memories come from living in Saudi Arabia as a child. Though my family lived in an American camp, we got to visit local cities and explore the desert. We spent six years there, moving back to the United States in time for me to enter sixth grade. My parents returned to Saudi Arabia when I was in college, and I spent a month there one winter. We also visited Egypt and Bahrain, and I later traveled to Turkey with a friend. 
The Middle East today is very different from the culture shown in this novel. Still, reminders of those days exist in the buildings, artwork, and food. And of course in the stories. I drew heavily on One Thousand and One Nights, often known as The Arabian Nights, for the mythology in The Genie's Gift. The stories in One Thousand and One Nights came from Indian, Persian, Arabic, and other sources. They were collected over hundreds of years, beginning in the eighth century. They were not originally seen as children's stories, though later translations targeted young people.
As in The Arabian Nights, The Genie's Gift is a series of interlocking stories that make up a whole. I started with many traditional stories and adapted them to suit my needs. Legends refer to a sorceress who changed a man into marble from waist down. Gnomes were said to dwell in the mountains and play tricks on people. A mechanical/magical horse of ivory and ebony could fly, controlled by pegs under its mane. Simurgh, a magic bird, offered advice and healed people by rubbing her feathers over wounds. 

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The kids in my class were sitting around in a reading circle and we had just finished the book. EXCITEMENT!  After we read the next to last chapter, I waited... they waited to see if they could finish.. fingers were ready to turn the page... it was so cool to watch. Then I said, "Raise your hand if you want to read the last chapter." Sixteen hands shot up in unison. - Gifted teacher Suzanne Borchers
Eboch draws heavily on the traditions that gave rise to One Thousand and One Nights, often known as The Arabian Nights, in writing her story.  She has created a young heroine who is both believable for her place and time but also someone that girls today will both identify with and like.  In solving her problems, Anise uses her wits intead of the sword she carried at her side and soon readers too will be plotting and considering the options as Anise faces challenge after challenge.  Personally, I love a story with a brainy main character. - Sue Bradford Edwards,  Bookshelf: What We'reReading blog

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  • File Size: 3406 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945017090
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spellbound River Press (November 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M3VLQ49
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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