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category: Children's Fiction
published: Feb 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Genie Meanie

by Mahtab Narsimhan, illustrated by Michelle Simpson

tagged: bullying, asian, friendship

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.

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About the Authors

Mahtab Narsimhan

Lauréate de plusieurs prix, l’autrice Mahtab Narsimhan a écrit de nombreux ouvrages pour les jeunes lecteurs anglophones, notamment Mission Mumbai, The Tiffin et The Third Eye, qui a remporté le prix Silver Birch. Mahtab a été autrice en résidence au Conseil scolaire du district de Toronto en 2015 et 2016. Née à Mumbai en Inde, elle a immigré au Canada en 1997 et vit à Vancouver, Colombie britannique.

Michelle Simpson has illustrated many children's books, including The Dancing Trees, I Can See You and the Jordan and Max series. She has also worked as a concept artist for kids’ cartoons, such as Ollie! The Boy Who Became What He Ate (season two) and Tee and Mo (season one). Michelle holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College, and she lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Contributor Notes

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 2014–2016. Born in Mumbai, Mahtab immigrated to Canada in 1997. She now lives in Vancouver.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“A fun read that tackles adversity and bullying in a relatable way for young readers.”

— School Library Journal (SLJ)

“If a teacher is looking for something new and different to read to their class about bullying, friendship, and resilience, then give Genie Meanie a go. Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“An important story about bullying.”

— Kirkus Reviews

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