Wed 2 Apr 2008
I borrowed this book from Ben’s mom, again, based on the premise: twelve-year-old twins who find out that they’re actually djinn. In case anyone cares, P. B. Kerr is male, and this is the first book of four so far. His website is moderately quirky, but I was loath to poke around too much, since I’m about three books behind. It’s Flash-based, which, frankly, normally annoys me, but I’ll put up with it because of the nice graphics and the fact that I liked his book.
Anyway, the book centers around John and Philippa Gaunt, twelve-year-old New Yorkers of the upper-middle to upper class, who are djinn. They don’t find this out until they have their wisdom teeth removed, and accidentally start granting wishes. Their uncle Nimrod appears to them while they’re anesthetized for the tooth extraction, and tells them to come visit him in England. They do, and start learning about their lives as a djinn. Naturally there is more than one tribe or kind of djinn, and John and Philippa and Uncle Nimrod already have enemies, in both London and Cairo . . . (more…)