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Children's LiteratureSamantha Cardigan and her clever sidekick, Rabbit, are called upon yet again to solve another mystery. This time it is off to a desert oasis in some mysterious Middle Eastern country. Things start off on the wrong foot when Samantha finds a scorpion in her shoe after taking a brief respite from the heat. After reading a note detailing their mission, she tosses the crumpled paper onto the sand, angering a powerful genie. The genie orders Samantha to walk the desert barefoot for littering his sands and insists she hand him her shoes. When the genie is bitten by the scorpion inside, Samantha and Rabbit make a mad dash for it, temporarily escaping the genie's wrath. As directed by the note, the duo set off in search of King Ali who has called for their help. Once they reach King Ali's camp, they immediately see the problem—his daughter is floating in the air like a balloon inside their tent. The ever-thinking Rabbit immediately begins unraveling the mystery but Samantha is blind to his clues. When the genie catches up to Samantha and shows up at the King's oasis angrier than ever, the King automatically assumes his daughter's plight is his punishment for allowing his goats to graze and drink from the genie's oasis many years ago. That sharp-as-a-tack Samantha quickly takes action, taunting and angering the genie until he dives into the sticky wallpaper she has prepared just for this very moment. The genie disappears into the paper's gluey surface. Thinking she has saved the day, Samantha soon finds herself puzzled when the King's daughter still floats helplessly in the sky. Once again, it is Rabbit to the rescue as he puts his "silly" plan into action and surprises everyone, especiallySamantha. This tale is relatively entertaining but in parts the dialogue seems too childish for the age group for which it is targeted. However, Rabbit's solution to the problem is, as always, funny and unexpected. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 8.