This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times Bestselling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any Aladdin fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and beyond.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Aisha Saeed is the author of WRITTEN IN THE STARS (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015) which was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers, and named one of the top ten books all Young Georgians Should Read in 2016. She is also the author of the middle grade novel AMAL UNBOUND (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018) which has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. She also has a forthcoming picture book BILAL COOKS DAAL (Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, 2019). Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books?. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC, and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel.
Aisha is represented by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary Agency and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed getting to spend more time with Aladdin and Jasmine but Aladdin's lie got to me a bit. I really hate when people lie and throughout this story he has to keep up the appearance that he is a real prince and they are actually in Ababwa. It got a little annoying at times (there are only so many times I needed to be reminded he was lying to be with Jasmine) but it was great seeing Jasmine observing and trying to decide what type of leader she could be, if given the chance. She has a better arc than Aladdin because she's not pretending and was able to change in the end. This story takes place during "A Whole New World." While traveling everywhere on the magic carpet, where time and space work differently, Jasmine says they should visit Ababwa, Prince Ali's home. He gets creative and Genie creates his perfect kingdom from ruins. Unbeknownst to them, somebody is actually living nearby and witnesses the kingdom spring up out of nowhere. While there Aladdin, ahem, Prince Ali, asks Jasmine to help with making decisions and helping the citizens. Jasmine is delighted. She's always wanted to be more involved but the Sultan and Jafar would never let her. She listens to each citizen and feels like she's actually making a difference as she helps them solve their problems. Everything is going perfectly, until that one real person decides to cause trouble that could ruin the illusion and expose Aladdin and keep them trapped in Ababwa. Stories that take place in the middle of a movie are usually difficult for me to get invested in since I know how it ends (I've watched the movie so I know they make it back to the palace). However, this story excelled at having Jasmine and Aladdin explore their feelings, ideas, and identities. I knew they would get back safely to the palace, but I was still worried about some choices they were being forced to make and how they would handle it.
A fun middle grade story, definitely geared toward someone already familiar with Disney's Aladdin, as it takes place during the magic carpet ride. Fast paced with plenty of action, brings back good memories!
I believe this story could have been enriched with starting from the actual beginning of the story that most people are familiar with. Instead of starting with how Jasmine and Aladdin meet, the reader starts out at a festival with Jasmine handing out candy to children while hopeful suitors linger around and try to impress her. Jasmine is a strong woman and wants to make a positive impact on the lives of her people. She wants nothing more than to help those in need, but often her ideas are pushed to the side and ignored by her father and his adviser. The main meat of this story takes place during her magic carpet ride with Aladdin. We get to explore new places with them, and even spend a good amount of time in Ababwa. This is a fast read and we get to see more of what makes these characters tick, other than the glimpses we are given in the Disney movie. This is a must read for all Aladdin and Disney fans. Full review at: CelticsLibrary.wix.com/website
This is by far one of my favorite Disney tales of all time. I am a huge fan of Aladdin and the characters so when I heard that there was a modern rendition of this classic tale, I immediately had to jump at the chance and read it. I was NOT disappointed at all. Reading this book brought Joy to my day and a smile to my face reading all about my favorite characters and having flashbacks of some wonderful childhood memories. From beginning to end it just got better and better. Such a treat to read and I can't wait for the response and circulation this book will have for our young readers. We will consider adding this title to our JFiction section at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this fresh take on Aladdin. I have always been a huge fan of the movie so revisiting this world made me feel like a child again. Aladdin: Far From Agrabah is sure to be a hit with the midgrade audience. The writing was on par for mid-grade novels, and It was relatively fast-paced, One thing that I enjoyed the most was the fact that it added a new story to a classic Disney movie. I forgot how much I missed Aladdin so it was fun to take a few days revisiting old friends. One thing that I really wished this novel had was more of the back story. I felt that this book needed background. If I didn't grow up watching Aladdin as a child, I would have never known what was going on. I desperately wanted the background and I feel that this book does a disservice to readers who have never explored Agrabah before. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book. It was fast-paced and easy to read. It is sure to be a favorite amongst midgrade novels who have watched Aladdin.