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Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Be careful what you wish for. . . .

When new stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess move to a town in the middle of nowhere, the last thing they expect is to find a magic book. But then they stumble upon The Genie Handbook, and their lives are changed forever. Each chapter in The Genie Handbook contains one of six stages of training to be mastered, and the kids are th
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Cool concept, but definitely not for grown-ups.

There are some kids' books that can be read by adults and enjoyed. Harry Potter, Fablehaven, and 100 Cupboards are some notable ones. Some however, are clearly written just for kids and adults will just be bored by them. This is one of those.

This book is the story of 4 new step-siblings who are forced to move from their beloved London to a small town when their parents marry and open a book shop. So when they find a book that claims it will teach th
I saw this at the library and was intrigued by the title so I picked it up. It was a cute romp into a family who discover a magic book and decide to become genies. It was kind of fun, and nice. Being for middle readers, it was a little slow and a little underdeveloped, but I think third to fifth graders would enjoy it.
Little Kid Reaction: This book was moderately funny, and I think it would be hilarious for young readers. The book is appropriate for all ages, and I recommend it for young readers in elementary or middle school. I would recommend it as a gift because it is quite entertaining.

Big Kid Reaction: Be a Genie revived bedtime story reading in our house! We read this with our 11-year-old from start to finish over several nights. There was just enough suspense to keep us going, and plenty of humor, too.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Part of a newly blended family, Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess are having trouble adjusting to their new living arrangements. When the four discover a magic book with a resident bookworm, they decide to follow the six steps to becoming a genie.

Things aren't all candy and roses for them, however. The wishes keep going awry, the magic seems to get scarier, and a mysterious couple is following them.

Is there more to the magic book than meets the eye?

A fun-fill
Connie Hall
I read this with the kids 2 chapters a night and we all had a good time with the story.
Excellent book for middle readers who are still open to finding gems of wisdom in their books...and for adults who just like a feel good story. I really liked this book and enjoyed the characters in all their mis-adventures. This is a perfect book that shows that wishes or magic can't fix every problem without saying that magic can't fix everything. This book is perfect for a group of second or third graders (or adults)who are usually still open to magic and wishes.
I would have absolutely loved this book as an early middle schooler. It was fun, and fresh, and totally entertaining. The adventures were exciting and it was an amusing premise.

I really enjoyed some of the lessons the kids learned too, like when they tried to clean the house with magic, and had to learn that sometimes there is no substitute for real plain hard work.

A really good book, especially for that younger age group.
This book's plot was interesting, but everything seemed to fit together a little too neatly. I was never unsure of how everything would turn out. However, that may be because it was aimed toward younger children. Overall, a nice book that teaches you to be careful what you wish for.
Nov 12, 2010 Grace added it
from what i read in the book i would think that you would really enjoy this book as well as i did (it was okay but it wasnt as fantastic as you would think it would be
Very cute book & quick read. Definately worth reading. I hope there will be a sequel.
This book is really good you will find your eyes glued to the page
fun premise. just drags too much.
Jackie Montoya
A junior fiction book.
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Linda Chapman was born in Liverpool in 1969. She had many different jobs before becoming a full-time writer in 1999. She worked as a theatre stage manager, a dog trainer, a bookseller, a nanny, a teacher and a research assistant. She has written over 120 books for children, some under her own name, others under different names including the Superpowers series under the name Alex Cliff. Linda lives ...more
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