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Monkton author's teen book wins acclaim

A random act of kindness brings unintended and sometimes hilarious consequences to a materialistic teenager in "The Genie Scheme" (McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster), Monkton author Kimberly K. Jones' new novel for kids ages 8-12. The Genie Scheme follows on the heels of Jones' debut novel, "Sand Dollar Summer", a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and one of Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth.

When eighth-grader Janna Danner uses her allowance to buy a hat for a homeless bag lady, the woman turns out to be a genie. Lo and behold, Janna is her new master! With no limits on the number of wishes, material girl Janna immediately asks for new clothes, an iPod loaded with Beatles tunes, and a take-out order from McDonald's. But not so fast-genies can't create new stuff out of thin air, so everything Janna wishes for has to come from someone else. Back go the clothes. Poof! Back goes the iPod. Poof! And the food-well, suffice it to say, the food has been eaten and cannot be returned. Janna has a lot to learn about genies and wish-making, and Eugenie, her genie, is not exactly forthcoming with advice.

Luckily, Janna is a good person at heart, and after her best friend, Albert, learns that Janna "accidentally" cheated on a math test, he and Eugenie begin to help Janna get her priorities straight. As her wishes multiply and her compassion grows, Janna learns important lessons about what really matters.

"The Genie Scheme" takes a lighthearted look at what happens when a girl gets everything she desires-and then some. Young readers will find themselves wishing for more from this talented author.

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