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Friday, October 15

Review: The Secret of Ka by Chrstopher Pike

Title: The Secret of Ka
By: Christopher Pike
Reading Level: Young Adult (Middle School)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Childrens
My Copy: ARC from Publisher
BookWhisperer Rating:

One minute Sara's bored on vacation in Istanbul. The next, she's unearthed a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a cute guy she has a crush on but doesn't yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears he'll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh are any match for the monster that that swells before them. It hypnotizes Amesh, compelling him to steal Sara’s flying carpet and leave her stranded on the island.
Discovering the carpet has sparked a new path for Sara, one that will lead her to battle creatures even deadlier than djinn. In this fight, Sara can save mankind, herself, or the boy she cares for. Who will she be forced to sacrifice?

It has been a very long time since I had the pleasure of reading anything written by Christopher Pike. This was a bit refreshing as to the style many have come to love. The story was a unique mixture of Monsters mixed with Aladdin. My Disney movie comparison is due to the juvenile feel of this entire novel. I would recommend this read more toward middle school readers; feeling this would fit perfectly to their mentality level and relateability. Even with the age restriction as with many of Pike's reads this will demand your appareciation. With a long list of young adult best seller I find Pike's work to be very entertaining, but often divided into levels that fit a variety of ages. Pike has done it yet again creating a work of art for our young readers that will keep them interested in reading generation after generation.

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