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Eden's Wish (Eden of the Lamp Series)
     

Eden's Wish (Eden of the Lamp Series)

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by M. Tara Crowl
 

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All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent inside an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess in her tiny, luxurious home, but to Eden, the lamp is a prison. She hates being a genie. What she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she

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All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent inside an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess in her tiny, luxurious home, but to Eden, the lamp is a prison. She hates being a genie. What she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.

Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures-but quickly learns this world isn't as perfect as she thought. Soon, she finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will do anything to acquire the lamp and its power-even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2015
Gr 4–6—Eden lives an idyllic existence as a genie, instructed in the ways of Earth by the masters of her lamp. Genies must grant 999 wishes before gaining freedom, which makes Eden feel trapped. When she escapes to California, she meets Tyler and Sasha on the beach. Claiming that her mother will be joining her from Sweden, she stays with her new friends and enrolls in their school, where she encounters cliques, mean girls, and romance. She also finds that the genie alumnae, whom she has studied and idolized, are actively targeting her in hopes of getting control of the power of her lamp. Torn between staying on Earth and returning to the safety of her lamp and its masters, Eden must decide how to fulfill her destiny while remaining true to herself. Middle grade readers will enjoy the children's autonomy and Eden's humorous difficulties in grasping how school works. The California setting, as well as the sweet relationship between Eden and Tyler, will appeal to fans of gentle romance. The division among and diversity of the alumnae is cleverly depicted, and their power struggles, as well as their insistent attempts to capture Eden, add adventure and intrigue to the story. With more school drama than Peter Speakman and Michael Galvin's Rebels of the Lamp (Disney-Hyperion, 2015) and P.B. Kerr's The Akhenaten Adventure (Scholastic, 2004) and a less traditional mythology than that of Amber Lough's Fire Wish (Random, 2014), Eden's Wish is an accessible introduction to the world of genie fiction. VERDICT Hand this to readers who like their magical fantasy combined with middle school drama.—Karen Yingling, Blendon Middle School
Kirkus Reviews
2015-06-29
A 12-year-old genie longs to live outside her lamp. Eden, the latest heir in a centuries-old succession of genies, lives in a small gold lamp with her two guardians and is allowed to leave only temporarily to grant three wishes to the human who finds the lamp. Genie rules specify that after a genie has granted 999 wishes, she is free to live on Earth, but Eden doesn't want to wait that long. In a defiant moment, Eden escapes the lamp and surfaces in California. Her escape sets in motion the Electric—a cabal of power-hungry former genies who wish to possess the lamp for their own purposes. Crowl's imaginative storyline rings with both perception and humor as Eden makes her way on Earth (telling new friends she is from Sweden) and puts a twist on major events in history (it turns out that most were the result of wishes granted by genies). Crowl's female-empowerment tone—all the genies are female, and the president of the United States is a former genie herself—is, however, subtly undermined by her frequent descriptions of the Hollywood-like stereotypical beauty of the genies. Eden eventually does the right thing, even if it isn't what she wants, but then, in an ending that comes off too pat, she gets what she wants, too. Imaginative but uneven. (Fantasy. 8-12)
From the Publisher
"Crowl's imaginative storyline rings with both perception and humor."—Kirkus Reviews

"An imaginative romp with a smart, snarky protagonist and a humorous interpretation of the world as we know it...[Eden] is also just plain entertaining, with a sassy attitude and a clever wit that saves her on more than one occasion."—BCCB

"Middle grade readers will enjoy the children's autonomy and Eden's humorous difficulties in grasping how school works...Hand this to readers who like their magical fantasy combined with middle school drama."—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484711859
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Series:
Eden of the Lamp Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
881,080
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City.

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Eden's Wish 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
What if there really were a magic lamp with a genie? And what if that genie really wanted to be a normal twelve-year-old girl? Add these two questions together and you’ll end up with M. Tara Crowl’s Eden’s Wish, a delightful story for middle-grade readers that’s got just enough bite to entice, just enough logic to satisfy, and just enough imagination to be entirely new and different. The plot thickens quickly when rebellious young Eden begins to learn the secrets of the lamp. Meanwhile young readers are introduced to secrets of education, history, geography and more, and it’s all part of the fun. The mysteries of history fit together beautifully. The magic is enjoyably low-key and enticing. And the logic of it all has a pleasingly well-thought-out feel. Like Harry Potter escaping to the real world, Eden lands in a real California, beautifully and realistically described. She goes to a regular school, endures bullies, finds friends, and has to learn who to trust, how to trust, and the true magic of loyalty. By the end of this book I was eagerly hoping for more and couldn’t wait to start reading Eden’s Escape. Eden is a great character, a child with lots to learn and lots to offer, and a genie as well! My only complaint might be that the first chapter, while great fun, had a slightly down-beat older feel than the rest of the story. But that’s probably just me. Disclosure: I was the lucky recipient of a signed copy, no strings attached.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Eden is a twelve year old genie and yearns to leave her luxurious world and head off to Earth instead. Of course, this isn't a wish easily granted and when she does make it, things are not as easy as she'd hoped. The moment I read the blurb, I wanted to read this series. The promise of magic, adventure and dreams lure in, and Eden is the perfect genie to make it work. She's sweet, kind and a bit stubborn. But it's her desire to chase an 'impossible' dream which makes her a delight. The first chapters are a bit slow but after that, the tension mounts. Not only does Eden find herself battling the adventures of school but confronts powerful enemies, which aren't easy to defeat. Eden's adjustment to life on Earth is mixed with humor, and the friends she makes are true blue. It won't be hard for middle grade readers to identify with her and cheer her on until the very end. The writing is well done for the age group and keeps the story riding along smoothly. The end of the story wraps most problems up neatly, but there are still enough openings to make book two a continuation that has to be read. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem! I love loved it. If you're looking for a charming adventure, this book is for you.
Mina More than 1 year ago
I truly loved reading this book. It is a fun and adventurous tale of a young genie who desires to see the fullness of life and wants to explore life outside of the lamp she feels trapped in. I think a lot of us can relate to wanting to runaway from the everyday mundane and Eden is a reflection of what it feels like to be stuck and desire to have more, see more and do more. Although this is a kids book, it is a light and easy read and I recommend it for any age group even adults!!
ABd More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! So fun and beautifully written. Not only is it funny throughout, but it's full of wonderful, positive messages for young girls. I couldn't put it down. A great gift for any young (or young at heart!) lady in your life.
Caroline Hertz More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun, imaginative story. Loved the protagonist. Cannot wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down! Such an inventive story and wonderfully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun and thought provoking bbook. The ending was rushed however.still recommend!