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The Secret of Ka
ISBN: 9780547577296
Author: Pike, Christopher
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: November 2011
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: When Sara finds a flying carpet, it takes her and her new friend Amesh to the Island of the Djinn where she faces terrible creatures and an impossible decision--whether to save mankind, herself, or the boy she is coming to love.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" L x 1.00" W
Lexile Level: 570
Bargain Category: Middle School, Fantasy
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140294
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52979
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Sara meets Amesh, a poor Turkish boy, and finds a flying carpet while visiting her father in Istanbul. Both the carpet and the boy change her indelibly, leading her on a path toward self-definition and the realization of her destiny. Sara's constant, sudden "knowing" things and some misleading cultural information occasionally break the flow of an otherwise engaging story. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

Gr 6–8—This fantasy adventure delves into the world of magic genies and flying carpets. Sara is spending her summer with her father in Istanbul. She is bored and stuck in a hotel because it is too hot to go outside, until she meets Amesh, a delivery boy in her father's company. She tricks him into taking her to the construction site, where she finds a magic carpet. Their first trip takes them to a strange island where they find several temples, each one inhabited by a djinn. Amesh releases one and falls under its control. He steals the carpet and returns to the mainland, leaving Sara stranded on the island. In order to get back and save Amesh from the danger he had gotten himself into, she must take charge of the djinn herself and become a Kala. However, powerful forces want to control the carpet and Sara. This story explores cultural differences, Middle Eastern mythology, and friendship. It is more lighthearted than Pike's recent vampire series and will attract a younger audience.—Erik Carlson, New York Public Library

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