Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Orphan's Wish By Melanie Dickerson

Book Description:  Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?

My Thoughts:  I loved The Orphan's Wish!   
One of the reasons I loved this story is because it does not "follow" the Disney story of Aladdin.  There is an an Aladdin in this story but I love that this is "its own story."
Melanie Dickerson does a great job of "rewriting" the classics.  This is the eighth one that she has written.  And this story takes place in Germany.
I also love that there is no magic but just hard work and family.  Family is important!  Although Aladdin does have some real people issues.
This is a fast read.  
I would recommend that ages 13 and up read this retelling of a wonderful classic.

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

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