The Secret of Ka

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A riveting fantasy from the imagination of New York Times best-selling author Christopher Pike.

On vacation in Istanbul, Sara unearths a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a cute guy she has a crush on but doesn’t yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears he’ll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh ...

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Overview

A riveting fantasy from the imagination of New York Times best-selling author Christopher Pike.

On vacation in Istanbul, Sara unearths a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a cute guy she has a crush on but doesn’t yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears he’ll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh is any match for the monster that that swells before them . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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• "The author ably juggles this central plot, creepy and elegant descriptions of the djinn, and even some juicy family drama to create a freewheeling, suspenseful action novel. Readers who recognize Pike as a key name in teen horror may be initially surprised by this subtly frightening adventure story, but there are still enough gross details mixed in to please even his hardcore fans."—Bulletin, starred review

"Pike’s work is about action and twists, both of which are packed into the narrative."—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Sara's trip to Turkey is nothing like she imagined. Her excitement over spending the summer with her father has been squelched by the blazing heat and her own boredom. She rarely sees her dad and spends much of her day alone, wondering why she bothered to travel the long distance. All that changes when she meets Amesh, a one-handed native delivery boy who works for her father's company. Sara follows Amesh back to the worksite, and while there, she discovers an ancient flying carpet. The carpet yields its secrets only to Sara, transporiting Amesh and her to a mysterious island where the djinn, or genies, live. When Amesh falls under the control of a djinn, he uses the carpet to leave Sara on the island, and seeks revenge against those who took his hand. The carpet returns to Sara and teaches her the law of the djinn, including what fate lies ahead for Amesh if she does not intercede. As Sara is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the carpet and the djinn, she learns of an age-old battle between humans, genies, and a powerful race known as the Anulakai. Sara's enlightenment becomes complicated when secrets hidden from her from childhood are revealed, ones that will change her life forever. Told from Sarah's first-person point of view, this book tackles the tales of genies, magic, and flying carpets from a new angle. While the basics of the plot are intriguing, the characters are fairly shallow and selfish in their motives, though they do grow through the development of the story. Sarah also uses mild profanityand shows little respect for Amesh's Muslim faith—characteristics that may turn readers away. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—This fantasy adventure delves into the world of magic genies and flying carpets. Sara is spending her summer with her father in Istanbul. She is bored and stuck in a hotel because it is too hot to go outside, until she meets Amesh, a delivery boy in her father's company. She tricks him into taking her to the construction site, where she finds a magic carpet. Their first trip takes them to a strange island where they find several temples, each one inhabited by a djinn. Amesh releases one and falls under its control. He steals the carpet and returns to the mainland, leaving Sara stranded on the island. In order to get back and save Amesh from the danger he had gotten himself into, she must take charge of the djinn herself and become a Kala. However, powerful forces want to control the carpet and Sara. This story explores cultural differences, Middle Eastern mythology, and friendship. It is more lighthearted than Pike's recent vampire series and will attract a younger audience.—Erik Carlson, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Fifteen-year-old Sara Sashee Wilcox developed a major crush on Amesh Demir moments before she tried to take a package from him in the lobby of a Turkish hotel. He later agrees to escort her to her father's construction site, where the pair uncover a mysterious carpet that flies them to a remote location occupied with djinn temples. When the carpet of Ka is stolen from her, Sara learns that the djinn are involved in an epic battle with forces that may yet destroy the world, and her destiny is tied into that battle. Narrator Sara embraces the American-abroad stereotype with enthusiasm: Foreign people are loud, the boys are hot and conservative men ignore advice from girls. There's very little characterization, but Pike's work is about action and twists, both of which are packed into the narrative. Shallow self-examination and inevitable betrayal crop up, but as plot devices rather than character elements. The soap-opera model has propelled Pike through the literary world, and there's no reason to change now.(Fantasy/thriller. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547577296
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 976,074
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Pike  is a bestselling and popular author of over forty teen thrillers, such as the Remember Me and Chain Letter series. His more recent titles include the Alosha Trilogy and Thirst No. 1 and Thirst No. 2, paperback reissues of his Last Vampire series, which have both been on the New York Times children's paperback bestseller list.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Great to have a new Christopher Pike book!

    This was a fun read and I can't wait to experience more of this magical world that Pike has created. Christopher Pike was writing enthralling teen fiction decades before it was 'cool.' I encourage everyone to read 'The Secret of Ka' as well as his early work, you won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    To To TT

    ThunderCats is on Saturday nights on Toonami (the Cartoon Network channel).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    T.T

    ThunderCats has been around for a while. You just haven't looked for it. It's at least four years old; that's when l discovered it. My dad claims to have watched it as a teen. Get your facts straight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    To TT

    The original was released in the 1980s. The reboot was released in 2011, but it's no longer on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Great interseting book! *o*

    At first I thought that the book would be all cheesy with the dijinns and OMG I have to save myself, that cute guy Amesh, and the world! But, I was pleased to find out that the book was a great adventure book with the very creative ideas! HAPPINESS!!!!!!!! *o*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Very good

    Im not done but i reada few pages of it and now im hooked! This looks and sounds amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Great bokk:)

    Well..... this book was nit one of the authors best. But it was a pretty good small read.... i enjoyed it and i hope there is a second one.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo

    When I first started reading this book, I was afraid that I would have to give it less than 4 stars, but after a slow start I really enjoyed this story. I had a major problem at first with the main character, Sara. She was very self-centered and mean, but by the end of the story she had matured. I decided that she would be someone I would like to be friends with. The same thing happened with Amesh, Sara's love interest. Sara meets Amesh in Turkey, where her father is working. She is there for the summer and is very bored. She accidentally runs into Amesh, who works at the same place as her father. She discovers an old carpet while there and absconds with it with Amesh's help. They find out that the carpet is magical and is a flying carpet. The carpet takes them to an island where there are djinn. The djinn are not the genies that we are familiar with. They want us to make three wishes so they can make us their slaves. They are mean and tricky. Amesh chooses to make two wishes, and Sara needs to save him from making that third one. The writing is very good with a lot of plot twists. Again, the character development is outstanding. There are some cultural and geographical mistakes, but that can be overlooked considering it is a fantasy. I believe that many teens will enjoy this book and its sequels.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    The Secret of Ka

    What if genies really existed? And what if you happened to stumble upon a magical flying carpet that could take you to them?

    Sara is visiting her father in Istanbul and is totally bored out of her mind. Visiting him one day at work she finds an unusual antique carpet. The next thing she knows she flying across the ocean to an enchanted island of the djinn.

    But when Sara and her new friend, Amesh, decide to use the djinn without understanding their ways...disaster strikes. Amesh betrays Sara and leaves her stranded on the island alone. Sara must find a way to escape and return home, and the only way she can do this is to learn the mysterious ways of the djinn and the Carpet of Ka.

    This is a great, fast paced book. Some of the dialog seemed a little forced, but the book is aimed at a young teen audience. There were plenty of twists and turns and all the characters end up someplace and someone different than when they started.

    3/5

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Check this out, fun read

    Sara Wilcox is spending the summer with her Father in Turkey, What she finds is that she is on her own most of the time due to his job at Bectar, a hydroelectric construction site. Sara finds the language difficult and loud, it is hot and crowded, no fun at all. She has just turned 15 years old and looking for something to do.


    It is then that she meets Amesh. He also works for the same company as her father. She finds him very attractive and really likes him. He is missing and arm, injured at his work he explains to her, and is now a delivery boy. He is able to get her to the job site where they discover a carpet. There is something about it that has them both excited, but especially Sara. She can feel some sort of power in it. They find a way to sneak it away without being seen, and take it back to the hotel. It is beautiful and seems to be made of some material that they had never seen before. Sara decides to see if she can cut a small piece off, and finds that it will not cut. She puts a lighter to it and it flies across the room.

    The carpet has its own agenda; it works for Sara and seems to communicate with her. She feels close to it almost as though it is a part of her. Amesh is very jealous and petulant, but refuses to leave her side because he is having trouble trusting her. His family is extremely poor and he sees the carpet as a way to riches.

    Will they find out what the secret of her Dads jobsite is? Can Sara help Amesh overcome his distrust, and can they save their families from a fate worse then death.
    A fun and twisty read. Great young adult fun.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    I was afraid going into this book that a story that involved magic carpet and genies (djinn) would be corny. Luckily, I was wrong. Secret of Ka was an original idea that was well written and well executed. It was a lot of fun learning the rules of the djinn, how you can only make one wish safely, if you get to the classic three wishes then you are in big big trouble!

    Sara and Amesh's relationship was the only thing I really had a problem with in this book. I'm getting tired of reading books where the main characters "fall in love" after only spending a few short hours together. Sara and Amesh's relationship was even more unrealistic because they spent the majority of those few hours arguing and then Amesh takes off and betrays her when he gets the djinn. How does this equal love for Sara???

    Overall, this was a fun story with an original paranormal element, that really drew me in and keep me engrossed and guessing what would happen next. I really enjoyed the action and all the twists and turns that get thrown at Sara. She ends up being a very strong character and takes everything thrown at her and doesn't give up!

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