The Forty Thieves: Marjana’s Tale

The Forty Thieves: Marjana’s Tale

This retelling of the One Thousand and One Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," set in tenth-century Baghdad, is told from the perspective of Marjana, the girl who saves Ali Baba, and brings a fresh perspective to the classic story!Marjana and her little brother, Jamal, who have been slaves of Ali Baba's cruel brother ever since their mother died, are kidnapped by th...

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Title:The Forty Thieves: Marjana’s Tale
Author:Christy Lenzi
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The Forty Thieves: Marjana’s Tale Reviews

  • Christy Lenzi

    A magic treasure cave, flying carpets, forty ruthless thieves vs. one brave girl. This was fun to read. Heck, it was fun to write! :) I'm glad I can finally share the story with you all. <3

  • Alexandria

    A beautifully written tale from a new perspective that is sure to dazzle and entrance young readers. If this had come out when I was a kid, it would have been my favorite book.

  • Karen McKenna

    The 7th graders at my school read Ali Baba and the Forthy Thieves in history every year, and as the reading intervention teacher, I have helped many a struggling student pull the main ideas out of the story so I am fairly familiar with it. This ARC just happened to show up in my mailbox on a Friday afternoon and I just happened to have finished my current read that day. The winds of fate brought us together.

    I was immediately intrigued at the completely different point of view as the story is to

    The 7th graders at my school read Ali Baba and the Forthy Thieves in history every year, and as the reading intervention teacher, I have helped many a struggling student pull the main ideas out of the story so I am fairly familiar with it. This ARC just happened to show up in my mailbox on a Friday afternoon and I just happened to have finished my current read that day. The winds of fate brought us together.

    I was immediately intrigued at the completely different point of view as the story is told from the servant girl Marjana's perspective. The story felt much different and mysterious, to the point I couldn't put it down. And yet the original tale is in there. From flying carpets to "Open Sesame" the story is filled with the same magical charm. But Marjana is a servant girl and an orphan trying to keep her younger brother from joining a street gang and dreaming of freedom one day. There is a much stronger current of Baghdad history, Muslim culture, and human truth that drew me in to the story. I loved the author's note at the end, and the journey along the way. Fans of the new Aladdin remake the strong Jasmine character will love Marjana's courage and strength as she becomes the true hero of Ali Baba's tale.

  • Jennifer Guyor Jowett

    Enter into the world of Ali Baba in Marjana's adventures outwitting thieves, forging friendships, defending family, and conquering slavery. Marjana's courage and wits help her thwart adversaries and gain allies. Christy Lenzi brings a fresh perspective to the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, one that will captivate readers.

  • Deanna Holdsworth

    Since their mother's death Marjana and Jamal have worked for Cassim, the cruel brother of Alibaba. Saja and her brother are also orphans and they work at the bathhouse. When the forth thrives attack Cassim's house Marjana and Jamal with many other slaves, material items, and even family members are taken. Marjana and Jamal manage to escape and return to the home they have always known. When Marjana meets Saja at the bathhouse they decide their brothers should meet and perhaps their friendship wi

    Since their mother's death Marjana and Jamal have worked for Cassim, the cruel brother of Alibaba. Saja and her brother are also orphans and they work at the bathhouse. When the forth thrives attack Cassim's house Marjana and Jamal with many other slaves, material items, and even family members are taken. Marjana and Jamal manage to escape and return to the home they have always known. When Marjana meets Saja at the bathhouse they decide their brothers should meet and perhaps their friendship will keep them from joining any neighborhood gangs. When the girls learn the boys are planning to join a gang they dress as boys and follow along. As the girls try to save their brothers only Jamal makes it out alive. When Cassim seeks a fortune teller he learns that life is about to change and when he tries to change his fate he just loses his wealth much sooner. Now Alibab has the family home and he shares his wealth the the community. As Marjana, Jamal and Saja work to bring down the Forty Theives they might just gain their own freedom.

    So much action in this book and great friendships as well. I liked the quote found on pages 157-158 "It is true the angels are weaving all our fates together, but the threads are our own...whatever the angels are creating out of your threads, make sure it is strong and beautiful."

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    A decent twist on the traditional story, but I have a hard time getting my students to read books involving djinn. Will consider purchase if this changes.

    For now, will stick with Speakman, Peter and Galvin, Michael. Rebels of the Lamp (Rebels of the Lamp, #1) and Lough, Amber. The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars #1). Also, of course, my favorite P.B. Kerr The Ahkenaten Adventure, which has titles that are in alphabetical order, which makes me so happy.

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