Moon Without Magic

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The lamp is gone! Aminah can't believe her eyes when she opens her hidden closet to find the jinni's vessel missing. As much as she hates to suspect her dear friend Idris, he is the only one who knows how to access the magic lamp, and now he has run off. But somehow Jinni is left behind, trapped outside the lamp and devoid of his powers. He is traumatized by this event and finds himself changing from acting like Omar, the kindly uncle Aminah trained him to be, and Gindar, the greedy gambler he was back in his ...
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Overview

The lamp is gone! Aminah can't believe her eyes when she opens her hidden closet to find the jinni's vessel missing. As much as she hates to suspect her dear friend Idris, he is the only one who knows how to access the magic lamp, and now he has run off. But somehow Jinni is left behind, trapped outside the lamp and devoid of his powers. He is traumatized by this event and finds himself changing from acting like Omar, the kindly uncle Aminah trained him to be, and Gindar, the greedy gambler he was back in his human days. When Aminah and Jinni set off after Idris, Aminah wonders which one of Jinni's personalities will accompany her on the journey--and how they will ever manage without magic. As it turns out, they must rely on wits, bravery, luck, and a bit of sorcery from an unexpected source in order to survive thieving bandits, pirates, and their biggest challenge of all: Princess Badr, who seeks not only the lamp, but also revenge.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This sequel to Wishing Moon continues the story of Aminah and her friends, including the jinni Omar/Gindar. At the beginning of the book, Aminah is clearly enjoying the benefits of having a jinni who is not bound by the "3 wishes and I'm gone" rule that lesser jinnis must live under. Aminah is in the midst of serving as Cinderella's godmother when her friend Idris comes to the city and steals her magic lamp. Unable to comprehend this apparent betrayal, Aminah and the jinni, who was not in his bottle when it disappeared, decide to track Idris down—without magic to help them. Captured by pirates, Aminah and the jinni have to rely on their wit and previous experiences with magic to save themselves; further, without his magical powers, the confused jinni fluctuates between two personalities—kind Uncle Omar and the untrustworthy Gindar—which creates further complications for Aminah. When they finally do find Idris, they find him working with Aladdin, the original owner of the lamp, who lost it when his new bride, Princess Badr, threw it out a window into Aminah's unsuspecting arms. Finally able to share the truth with his friends, Idris pulls them into yet another adventure, one that could cost them all their lives. This is a quick read with solid adventure throughout; it should be a favorite with upper elementary and middle school aged readers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9
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.
—Ginny GustinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to Wishing Moon (2004), the lamp that was formerly Aladdin's disappears, and its well-meaning keeper, Aminah, discovers that she has become addicted to using its magic. She isn't the only one who's disturbed; it seems that the mercurial Jinni has been left behind, trapped in a mortal body with a split personality. Worse yet, Aladdin's bad-news wife Princess Badr al-Budr has resurfaced, vowing to reclaim the lamp and exact bloody revenge. Once again, Tunnell positively pours on the crises, disasters, quick journeys, showy magic, bandits, exotic locales and clever twists, but rather than recapturing that high-energy Arabian Nights feel, the plot just seems overstuffed and under-steered. Furthermore, his focus on Aminah's inner conflict as she wrestles with her dependence adds a heavily purposeful element-and since her eventual determination to swear off using magic is quickly, once the lamp is recovered, replaced by the conviction that she's wise enough to use it responsibly, the message seems muddled. A disappointing follow-up to a terrific opener, but the premise and characters are still strong enough to carry readers through, and even on to a future episode or two. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461112884
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael O. Tunnell is a professor of children's literature at Brigham Young University. He lives in Orem, Utah.

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