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The Genie Scheme

The Genie Scheme

For Ages: 8 - 12
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When Janna impulsively buys a winter hat for a bag lady, she expects nothing in return. But Janna's kindness pays off in a big way when the bag lady turns out to be a genie! Now Janna is the genie's master and she couldn't be happier, especially when she learns that the "three wishes" rule is strictly for fairy tales!

Before long, Janna's room is overflowing with clothes and gadgets -- but things aren't quite as simple as they seem. Making wishes comes with its own set of rules, and Janna discovers that "unlimited" has some...well, limits. Genies can't make something out of nothing, so everything that Janna wishes for is taken from somebody else. Oops. And then there's the problem of genie wattage -- there's only so much of it, and Janna is using it up faster than she'd like. What's a greedy girl to do?

With insight, warmth, and a refreshing dose of humor, Kimberly K. Jones puts a new twist on the old adage "Be careful what you wish for."
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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416955542 | 
  • March 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 730
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Kimberly K. Jones
Q. how did you come to write The Genie Scheme?

A. My kids were at an age where materialism seemed to get really competitive (the clothes labels, the expensive camps, the birthday party bashes) and I wanted to write a story about someone who could have everything they wanted, the point being, of course, that things don't make you happy. I didn't want it to be too preachy, and I wanted to have fun writing it (and I did have a great deal of fun).

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