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.


About Jasmine Richards

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Jasmine Richards is a senior editor at Oxford University Press Children's Books. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband in an old wool mill. The inspiration for The Book of Wonders came to Jasmine during travels to Morocco and Zanzibar, and as she recalled her childhood love of The Arabian Nights. You can visit her online at
Published January 17, 2012 by HarperCollins. 416 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There is magic, djinnis, a Sultan, and plenty of adventurous escapades with Zardi, the young girl and strong protagonist of the story, who is willing to do anything to save her family.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The Book of Wonders displays a range of magic as expansive as it is imaginative. . . . debut author Jasmine Richards’ tale will provide middle schoolers with much pleasure—and perhaps a few furtive nights of reading with a flashlight under the covers.”

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Wonders

Common Sense Media

Though Zardi and her friends are often placed in dangerous situations and some of her shipmates actually die, the danger to Zardi never seems too threatening because she is so resourceful and successful at solving problems.

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Wonders

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