Genie Meanie

  • Illustrated By: Michelle Simpson
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Echoes
  • Themes:diverse characters, magical realism, bullying, friendship, problem solving
  • Available:02/16/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 6-8
  • Lexile:560L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:N
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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.

“An important story about bullying.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A fun read that tackles adversity and bullying in a relatable way for young readers.”
– School Library Journal
“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.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
BC Books for BC Schools   | 2021  |  Commended