By Darlene Foster
114 pages – ages 8+
Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing (April 13, 2010)
On Amanda’s birthday as she blew out the candles on her cake she wished for an adventure…little did she know that she’d be visiting Arabia. The next week she got a plane ticket from her Aunt and Uncle to go and visit them in the United Arab Emirates. Amanda visits a souvenir shop and the shop keeper sells her a perfume flask that he says used to belong to a princess named “Shamza”. Amanda promises to take good care of the perfume flask. What Amanda didn’t know is that the perfume flask will lead Amanda on a great adventure when she meets Shamza and finds out she is in trouble! Amanda helps Shazma by returning Shamza’s trusty camel Ali Baba while trying not to let anyone find out about it!
I really enjoyed the story because it has tons of excitement and adventure in it! I liked… wait for it… Ali Baba. Yes, Ali Baba. Who wouldn’t like a really smart camel? Ms. Foster really described the United Arab Emirates really well! I actually want to learn more about Arabia because of her descriptions I’d recommend “Amanda in Arabia” to kids 8+ and early advanced readers. It was a quick read for me but the story was good and I felt like the whole adventure was complete.
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