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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 96
Themes: diverse characters, magical realism, bullying, friendship, problem solving
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 16/Feb/2021
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When eight-year-old Kiara discovers that her recently deceased grandmother left her a genie, trapped in a bottle of garam-masala, she’s elated. She’ll be a modern-day Aladdin and have someone to do her bidding. And Kiara could really use a little magic. Third grade is just about to start and she’s spent the summer worried about being in class with Matt, a bully who seems to have nothing else to do but make Kiara and her best friend Bai’s lives miserable. Unfortunately, the genie has decided he's on vacation after working for ten thousand years and is looking for someone to do his bidding. A battle of wills ensues, and Kiara realizes that you don’t really need magic to solve your problems.

Kirkus Reviews
“An important story about bullying.”
School Library Journal
“A fun read that tackles adversity and bullying in a relatable way for young readers.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“If a teacher is looking for something new and different to read to their class about bullying, friendship, and resilience, then give Genie Meanie a go. Recommended.”

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