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The Genie Scheme

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  126 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
When Janna buys a warm winter hat for a bag lady, she expects nothing in return. Imagine her surprise when the bag lady turns out to be a genie! Now Janna is the genie’s master, and she couldn’t be happier, especially when she finds out that the "three wishes" rule is strictly for fairy tales. It turns out wishes are unlimited, and Janna can have whatever she wants. There ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published March 10th 2009)
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Jul 29, 2010 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seattle, psc, 2010
Janna is the paragon materialistic teenager: all she cares about is the fact that she and her mother have no money and that she has to buy her clothes at thrift stores. When she randomly buys a hat for a homeless woman, she is surprised to discover that the woman is actually a genie, ready to grant her every wish (with a few, small limitations). Janna ungratefully indulges by wishing for more things than can fit in her bedroom, before the genie Eugenie manages to convince her that possessing thi ...more
Samuel Valentino
Feb 25, 2014 Samuel Valentino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
The characters were fun, especially the genie. The main character, Janna, is initially not very appealing, but, then again, she's not supposed to be. In fact, about the only off note in the book is that Janna would spend her money to buy someone else a hat, since initially she's all about gaining material goods.

But the importance, or lack thereof, of material goods is a thread throughout, and a welcome one. Magic may get you stuff, but it doesn't really change who you are. If you want to be a be
Feb 17, 2010 Kasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book, but it was a very similar storyline to pay it forward with the Osment kid actor. I just hate when authors make money off of books they wrote around an idea that has already been widely distributed. I'd guess this book is on maybe a 5th grade level. It also starts out with the girl REALLY hoping to win the lottery, which, I don't know. I wouldn't mind my kids reading about it if I could have a quick chat with them about the dangers of gambling. Also, there are a few p ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Janna hates being poor. That's how she sees herself. Her mother makes her shop in second-hand stores. And the car that her mom drives, nicknamed Maybe (maybe it will start, maybe it won't) has definitely seen better days. It's on the afternoon that her mom takes her shopping for a new (used) coat, that Janna's world changes.

When she witnesses the store clerk refusing to sell a used purple hat to a bag lady that doesn't have enough money, Janna takes the mon
Apr 08, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktalkers
Very funny and thoughtful. When I asked the fourth graders yesterday what they'd ask for if they had a genie at their beck and call, most of them answered: "I'd ask for more wishes". One kid said he'd ask for "world domination" another "tons of money" and two wanted pigs (?!).

But the genie Jenna acquires offers unlimited wishes. Wishees are granted only 1000 watts of "genie juice" which is quickly drained if you can't make up your mind what you want.

Besides that, the stuff Jenna asks for comes f
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5 girls genies fantasy poverty greed
RL 730. Janna is a little unhappy with her life. She has to wear second-hand clothes and she and her mom pinch pennies. The girl across the street has everything she wants, and all the other girls at school (including Janna) want to be just like her.

While shopping, janna helps an old homeless woman with a random act of kindess-- only to find the soon reappearing at her house, ready to move in. The old woman was really a genie! And Janna can have as many wishes as she wants. But wishing isn't as
When Janna buys a winter hat for a bag lady, she expects nothing in return. But Janna's kindness pays off the bag lady turns out to be a genie! Now Janna is the genie's master and she couldn't be happier! I turns out the three wishes rule is trust a myth. The only problem with janna's genie is she can't poof everything janna wants she has to steal or take it from someone else. Theres the big problem. Whats a poor girl to do?

The genie scheme is a good book for funky fantasy lovers. The genie sche
Erin Forson
The Genie Scheme
by Kimberly Jones
What if one small act of kindness earned you all the wishes you have ever made and all the wishes you could ever hope to make? Janna finds out when an act of kindness wins her a personal genie. All is not as it seems however; because her genie, a.k.a. "Eugenie," ironically fills wish requests a little differently than one might expect. An easy read, this book is funny, but has a valuable message about caring for others. Through Janna's actions, I started to wonde
Jun 18, 2009 Isabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing and it teaches all sorts of life lessons:
~ Be thankful for what you have
~ Greed will lead you to unhappiness
~ OBJECTS and MONEY can't make you happy.
And, of course:
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!! "The Genie Scheme" is about a poor girl named Janna who buys a winter hat for a homeless lady, who turns out to be a genie!! Janna is now the genie's master, and wishes for everything, but gets more and more unhappy. The Genie shows Janna people who- to Janna's surprise- are le
Twelve-year old Janna lives with her single mom in a little apartment and hates feeling poor. Then one day she does a good deed for a homeless woman who turns out to be a genie who can grant her (almost) unlimited wishes. How would your life change if you could suddenly have anything you want? I liked Janna and the story but I did get a little tired of the moralizing. Possessions do not bring happiness. I get it, I also agree, but the story would have been much better if it had been a little mor ...more
Starla Sunshine
This is a good book, but it took some effort to finish, since some of it was boring.
Apr 04, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a lot more from this author, considering she wrote "Sand Dollar Summer", one of my favorite books. This book, in general, had an okay message - pay it forward, start a chain reaction of kindness, etc. But the characters didn't seem real to me at all. I can't explain it; they just seemed two-dimensional. I didn't feel any emotional connection at all with any of them. But if you're looking for a quick read to pass the time one day, this book is fine to read: it's not terrible, it w ...more

When janna and her mom buy her clothes at a second hand clothing store, live in an old house janna has had enough of the way they live their lives! when janna has the opportunity and the money she was going to use to buy her the newest book she instead buys and old bag lady a hat to keep her warm at night. That's not the last time she sees that lady later she finds out what she really is a...GENIE! Not only that she finds out the three wishes rule is fake but decides to use it to make peace
Apr 12, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Fun story!
A very fun book about a girl who, after performing a kind act, earns her very own genie. The wishes are endless, so she starts right away: new clothes, fancy jewelry, an "A" on her test...but soon she realizes that these new things aren't making her happy. So, what should she REALLY wish for?

A cute and easy read, but I started to find it a big soap-boxy toward the end. Not sure, though, that a younger reader would mind that as much as I did.
Oct 25, 2011 Eagle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Genie Sheme by Kiberly K. Jones,is about a girl named janna. One day she goes shopping with her mother for a new winter coat. when they get home janna plops down on her bed when a person pops up right in front of her. She says it's thebag lady from goodwill. But The bag lady isn't just some person. Read the book to find out what the bag lady is. Taylor
Kyle Alyson
This book was very inspiring. It the kind of book that teaches you that you should be happy with what you already have. It is a special twist to Aladdin. This book is taking place in the present day with a Genie, a girl named Janna,and her friend Albert. Trust me, if you like fantacy or reality, you will love this book!
Sep 12, 2010 Gin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
A funny, light read for 4th through 6th graders (mostly girls) about a girl who gets unlimited wishes and learns what the addage "be careful what you wish for" can really mean. Funny/spunky characters and a topic many kids this age can relate to but the ended seemed a bit too much.
Jun 28, 2010 Lanetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute easy read about the how being rich and having everything ever wished for does not make you happy. I only got a little annoyed at the girl's greed....she was kind enough to give away her hat, yet she wanted everything.
This book was an interesting book, but it was very strange and didn't make sense at different points. I liked it because you could really relate to the characters and picture whhat they look like and how they think.
Jul 19, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd novel that Kimberly Jones has written, both very different from each other, but equally entertaining. I couldn't put this one down and think it will appeal to many 5-8th graders.
Dec 08, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty exciting at first but as you got into the picture of them all the book was pretty boring. I gave the book four stars because there was great pictures that could fly around in your mind

For me, what was nice about this book was the focus on the moral implications of materialism, something that I haven't really seen to much of in recent children's lit.
Jul 29, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little predictable but a fun read.The Genie Scheme
Pam Engman
Jul 15, 2009 Pam Engman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I hope to get all my children to read it. Great messages throughtout the book on what's really important. It's a feel good quick read
Too didactic. Overkill when making points about how there are those less fortunate than us and that material possessions do not bring true happiness.
Jul 03, 2009 Jsagat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Cute story about youngster who learns what is truly valuable via the wishes of a genie--still, a bit too didactic and slow in the beginning.
Interesting premise, and pretty good characters (especially the adults) but the moral is too heavy handed and overwhelms everything else.
Adriane Robinson
Pretty cute story for older kids about the dangers of getting everyhting you wish for. Parent alert: Does have 1 swear word.
Jun 12, 2009 Amie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it! My 8 year old daughter and I took turns reading to each other. It had a good message and was fun! I would recommend it!
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