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The Forty Thieves



by
Christy Lenzi

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Little Bee Books
Imprint
Yellow Jacket
ISBN
9781499809459
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context
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Marjana and her little brother, Jamal, who have been slaves of Ali Baba's cruel brother ever since their mother died, are kidnapped by the Forty Thieves one night. They are able to escape, but Marjana is worried for Jamal, as he becomes drawn to their lifestyle and joins a street gang. When Marjana meets Saja, a slave who works at the bathhouse who's also concerned about her little brother, Badi, becoming involved with the street gangs, Saja and Marjana try to get their brothers to become friends and, in turn, become friends themselves, despite Marjana's initial reluctance.

Marjana's mistress, however, is more worried about what her husband's fortune will be and convinces Marjana to spy on him when the fortune-teller Abu-Zayed visits. Abu-Zayed predicts that Ali Baba will end up far richer and greater, which sends Marjana's master into a panic, especially when he learns that Ali Baba has found the secret of the Forty Thieves' cave, which indicates that the fortune is coming true. Can Marjana save her brother from joining the street gangs, all the while helping Ali Baba from the wrath of the Forty Thieves?

Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.1: points 7

Lexile

760L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Historical Fiction, Legend

Topics

Ali Baba (legendary character). Brothers and sisters. Slavery. Gangs. Tenth-century history of Baghdad, Iraq. Legends, myths, and fables. Action and adventure. Historical fiction. Asia. Friendship. Sufi women. Muslim women. Classic story retellings.

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