Crowl, M. Tara Eden’s Wish, 272 pages. Disney, 2015. $17. Mature Content: G; Language: G; Violence: G.
Eden has lived like a princess her entire life. The catch? She is a genie and must grant 999 wishes before she can have one wish for herself and be free. Eden is chafing at the restrictions, however, and when she snoops around and finds a way out, she takes, putting the existence of her teacher and caretaker at risk – in fact jeopardizing the entire wish-giving enterprise. Eden is not eager to return to the lamp, however. She wants to spend more time with the humans who have befriended her. The other genies who have served their time are divided into two camps about Eden’s escape and both groups will try anything to convince Eden that their way is best. Eden will have to survive school days, first, in order to have a chance to make a choice.
Crowl’s writing style is quick and breezy. This is a cute addition to the few books that have been written about genies and lamps, especially for an upper elementary girl.
EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS.