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Children's LiteratureEvery English teacher knows that books are magical places, but until now, no one meant it literally. When Will Parrish opens up a copy of Arabian Knights, his dreams really do come true thanks to a book genie named Homer. Homer was punished by a capricious king and trapped in a book until he granted a thousand people their heart's deepest wish and Will is number one thousand. Trouble is, Will does not know what his heart's deepest wish is. This is a delightful little story about children looking for adventure. The characters are realistic, the genie non-threatening, and the illustrations humorous. Even the ending, which is predictable, works with the rest of the book. The text poses little challenge and is broken up into short chapters. For students who are having comprehension problems, this would be a valuable book. While the book is labeled a middle grades book, it really is not appropriate for readers above a sixth grade level. 2004, Handprint Books, Ages 8 to 11.