The Book of Wonders

The Book of Wonders

by Jasmine Richards

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Sorcerers, Cyclops, Djinnis . . . Magic.

Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone who is caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying tyrant who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must risk everything to rescue her. Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062099181
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 427,424
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jasmine Richards was born in London, grew up in a library, and was the first in her family to go to university. After graduating from Oxford she had a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, then chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. Today Jasmine is a senior editor at a leading British publishing house and lives in the Cotswolds (rather near the Tangley Woods) with her husband and two children. She is the author of Keeper of Myths, Secrets of Valhalla, and The Book of Wonders, of which School Library Journal said, “Swiftly paced writing, appealing characters, and action packed; will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books.” You can visit Jasmine online at

What People are Saying About This

Diane Zahler

“Readers will want to spend a thousand and one nights in the exotic world of The Book of Wonders. It’s a dazzling tale!”

Angie Sage

“From the start, I so wanted to know what happened next. The atmosphere and magic really pulled me in.”

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The Book of Wonders 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Rachul More than 1 year ago
Jasmine Richards' debut middlegrade novel "The Book of Wonders" doesn't disappoint. Full of excitement, action, adventure and fantasy! Zardi, the books 13 year old strong willed female protagonist, is a refreshing change after so many damsel in distress type characters that have become rampant in children and young adult literature. The book begins with excitement and doesn't stop. If you are looking for something you can't put down definitely pick this up. Great for kids, teens, and even adults!
Brynna87 More than 1 year ago
The Book of Wonders is an exciting, fast paced story that will leave readers on the edge of their seats, anxious to find out what happens next. With a new and fun spin on the classic tales of Arabian nights - characters such as SINBAD burst to life on the page. The magical land of Arrbitha is wondrous and delightful, and Zardi is an excellent protagonist that readers will be eager to see succeed! This is a must read for any reader who craves a little, or a lot, of adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this fantasy fiction, you will se dragon lke things ogres, and lots and lots of magic. It is about a girl calleed Zari and her best friend go on their adventures. Their mission? To kill the evil sultun! This is a must read for anyone ages eight and up.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love Jasmine Richards work, I wish she could surprise us with more! This story keeps you on your toes and wanting to read more. I didn't buy it on the NOOK, but I have it as a hardcover book. Just thought I would write a review to show how much I admire her work and would encourge others to read it! :3
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zardi, short for Scheherazade, loves hearing stories about the times when magic was plentiful and abundant in the land of Arribitha. But those times are gone, ever since the evil sultan, Shahryar, came to power and forbade anyone from even talking about magic. When her sister, Zubeyda, is taken to be the sultan's next praisemaker - a job that always results in the girl's death - and her father is imprisoned, Zardi and her friend Rhidan must seek out Sinbad, and hope that the sailor's tales of lands faraway are true. Together they're all thrust into an adventure that none of them saw coming.This was a really fun book that used the tales of One Thousand and One Nights in a very interesting way. Zardi was a downright fantastic female lead: she's tough, stubborn, and unwilling to give up. Her friendship with Rhidan is first rate, too, and I liked the way they complemented each other. While I'm familiar in passing with the story of Sinbad, this was an interesting look at his character, and definitely tarnishes the legend just a bit. Zardi is unrelenting in her search to save Zubeyda, and is willing to face danger after danger in order to ensure her sister's life. While the adventures were fun (and dangerous!), it was her spirit that really made me love this book. She was just a really perfect narrator.I will say that this book took me far longer to read than it should have, because I stopped midway through to read a whole bunch of other things instead. This is not a knock on the book - I was thoroughly enjoying it - but it does suffer a bit from what I call the "non-stop action" affliction. Zardi and the others certainly have to go through a lot.Also, a word of caution, this is very clearly the start of a new series, which doesn't become apparent until almost the very end. While one story line is wrapped up, there are tons of other things that have yet to be figured out. The book doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, though, so much as it's very open-ended. I look forward to seeing what Zardi and Rhidan get up to next.
hobbitsies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Guys, if you¿re a fan of fantasy and adventure and pirates and sailboats and magic and heroic female main characters, definitely check out The Book of Wonders.I mean, here is this 13-year-old girl doing stuff that I¿m not even sure I could do. She¿s brave and loyal and fierce. I absolutely loved being with her through her adventures.Seriously ¿ even though it¿s middle grade, Zardi felt so much older and more mature than that. Definitely give The Book of Wonders a shot if it sounds like something you¿re interested in!My full review will come closer to publication date.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm never quite sure how I'm going to feel about a Middle Grade book. Clearly, I love YA, but Middle Grades are hit or miss for me. I get nervous when Middle Grade is paired with other aspects that make me second guess whether I'll like a book, such as being high fantasy or longer than I expected (again, hit or miss mentality). I need not have worried. The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards is a solid hit.As soon as I started the first chapter, I was eager to continue. There is an ease of storytelling present that makes the whole book flow seamlessly. Readers young and old will enjoy the epic adventure, energetic characters, smooth writing, and wonderful storytelling. This high fantasy tale is full of action. The main character, Zardi, loves stories of adventure with scary monsters and incredible feats of heroism. The Book of Wonders has all this, much to Zardi's delight and horror (it's a little different to face the scary monsters yourself than to hear about them from others).Also, it was a fairly complex story. There were multiple story lines and paths the characters could have taken, but everything came together very well. Little side missions were carried out without losing sight of the overall goal, to save Zardi's sister.In addition to the fantasy, this book was multicultural. I always love reading books set in different cultures, so this fact was a bonus for me. Richards merged multicultural aspects with the fantasy very well. These merged aspects completely transported me to Arribitha while I was reading. Well done.Overall rating: Worth the buy. Borrow it if you're not as into Middle Grade.
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining! Highly recommend!!!!! Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book ever. You have to read it. I hope the author is making the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So freaking awesome. The onl hing i hated is the fact she didnt make another book. I mean she did an awesome job on the first can't she at least make a book that has nothing to so with this one. I just want to keep reading her books.
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Very good
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I luv this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST Book ever! :)