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This sequel to Wishing Moon (Dutton, 2004) continues the tale of Aminah, who is the current owner of Aladdin's lamp and its resident jinni. As the story opens, the young woman discovers that the lamp is missing from her locked closet. She and other members of her household suspect Idris, a friend who was overly inquisitive about its secrets before he suddenly disappeared. The quest to recover the lamp leads Aminah and Jinni on a lengthy, adventurous journey throughout the Middle East, where they encounter many of the characters from the previous book and elude thieves, pirates, and the evil Princess Badr, who is determined to own the lamp and take revenge on Aminah for past events. Those who have not read the first book will find it very difficult to follow the plot and to understand the relationships among the characters. However, readers who are not too confused to persevere beyond the first half of the book will enjoy the fast-paced adventure that eventually gets underway. A small subplot concerns Aminah's use of the lamp's magic to time travel into the future, where she appears as a fairy godmother to Ella, a girl who is off to a ball wearing a lovely new gown and glass slippers. Mention of a boy called Arthur, who may need some help to fulfill his destiny and become king, hints strongly at the likelihood of another sequel.
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