Khoury, Jessica The Forbidden Wish 340 pages, Penguin Random House, $17.99, Language: PG(5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Zahra is a Jinni who was imprisoned for thousands of years, but when a street boy named Aladdin finds her lamp, her whole world is flipped upside down. Aladdin takes her to Parthenia, his home, to become a prince and marry Princess Caspidia. The only thing Aladdin and Zahra don’t realize is that they are falling in love. Then the king of the Jinn kind tells Zahra to find his son and be free from her lamp. Now Zahra has to decide. Is being free from her prison worth breaking her heart?
I really loved this book. It was a great way to explain how choices affect those around you. What you choose will cause a great impact on those you love. Mature content is PG for romance. Violence is PG because there is a large battle at the end and it talks about death a little bit.
MS/HS - ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: JM(7th grade)