The Genie by Mary Hooper

The Genie

Written by Mary Hooper
Illustrated by Tom Bonson

9+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   
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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ When Fudge, or Fiona to call her by her real name, buys a little box at a jumble sale for her dad’s birthday she has no idea what she is getting! But this is no ordinary box and soon Fudge finds she has a Genie to deal with and the worry of what to wish for! Like many others, Fudge finds that you need to be very, very careful with these things. A witty story about magic and its unintended consequences.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+


The Genie by Mary Hooper

A new edition of a fun magical story from the author of the Megan series, and bestselling historical novels including Velvet and Fallen Grace.

Everyone would like a Genie to carry out their wishes, right? Perhaps not, as Fudge discovers when she gains her own supernatural helper! Be careful what you wish for...

About the Author

Mary Hooper

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

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72 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th April 2013




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