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Genie Meanie
By (author): Mahtab Narsimhan Illustrated by: Michelle Simpson
9781459823983 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying North America Feb 16, 2021 Print Run: 6000
$7.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 200 gr 96 pages B&W illustrations Orca Book Publishers
What good is a genie who refuses to grant your wishes?

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.


Key Selling Points
  • A young girl learns to stand up for herself and her best friend in this chapter book. This is a story about friendship, loyalty and inner strength.
  • The main character, Kiara, is an eight-year-old Indian girl who would rather blend into the background than have to stand up to a bully. Her best friend is an eight-year-old Chinese boy, and they enjoy lighthearted banter about their cultural differences.
  • This is a ‘bullying’ story with a twist of a magical genie who would grant unlimited wishes if he weren’t on vacation. Genie Meanie delves into the serious topic of bullying with both candid realism and over-the-top humor.
  • The author won the Silver Birch Award for The Third Eye and The Tiffin was named one of the top five Books for Young People by Quill & Quire.
  • Features 15 black-and-white illustrations.

Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Embrace the Chicken (Orca), Mission Mumbai (Scholastic), The Tiffin (DCB) and The Third Eye (Dundurn), which won the Silver Birch Award. She was a Writer in Residence at the Toronto District School Board from 2015-2016. Born in Mumbai, Mahtab immigrated to Canada in 1997. She now lives in Vancouver.

Michelle Simpson grew up in the woods of Niagara Falls, Ontario and still resides there today. She is a full-time freelance illustrator, focusing mainly on children's publications, and holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College. Michelle has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (Season 2) and Tee and Mo (Season 1). She is the author of Night Festival: A Silent Picture Book and Monsters In My House which was short-listed for the Canadian Self Publishing awards in 2014. Michelle has also illustrated Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater and Back Home by Shaista Kaba Fatehali. Michelle draws her inspiration for her artwork from nature, animals and folklore.

“An important story about bullying.” - Kirkus Reviews

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