A young girl stumbles into a magical world in debut author Kueng’s delightfully magical romp.
Brianna Carruthers loves visiting her grandparents, even if her visits are tainted by reminders of her aunt Casey’s disappearance years ago. She’s enjoying a peaceful visit filled with mini golf and plenty of good books to read until she starts hearing mysterious voices echoing through her favorite reading spot. Although Brianna doesn’t know it, the voices belong to three young genie triplets, JD, Morgan and Blake. The boys are fascinated as they watch the life of the human “Outsiders” who live outside their bottle, and they’ve never known a human who could hear them without opening the bottle. When a popular book gives Brianna a clue about the source of the mysterious voices, she’s prompted to open the bottle, and the genies’ and Outsiders’ worlds collide. The triplets know they’re in trouble when Brianna becomes their new master, and they’re determined to hide the truth from their parents, who are also genies in the bottle. At first, it seems as though the boys can pull it off, but when Brianna gets trapped in the genies’ bottle, even their precocious genie skills might not be enough. Will Brianna be trapped in the bottle forever, and will her grandparents repeat the sad experience of watching a family member disappear? Filled with warmth and whimsy, this middle-grade fantasy is sure to please. Readers who have tired of wizard schools and secret worlds will be excited to find these expected fantasy elements spiced up by the novelty of the genie world, which adds just the right touch of newness to the tried-and-true fantasy formula.
Middle-grade fantasy with some enchanting twists.