JULES AND THE DJINN-MASTER:
Fourteen-year-old Jules Manning might be extremely tall, but he feels normal otherwise. Even if he grew up without a dad, Jules is close with his Grandpa Gordon, an archeologist for the British Museum who brings Jules unusual gifts from his world travels. So when Gordon disappears under mysterious circumstances, Jules is left reeling. At his grandparents’ English lake house, he finds a welcome distraction when he meets Viola, a pretty neighbor, and the two discover a locked trapdoor on the bottom of the lake and a series of riddles Grandpa Gordon left behind to guard it. When they work out how to open the door, the two find themselves in another world where they learn that Gordon has been taken captive by a treacherous ruler and his dark djinni. Jules must race to rescue Gordon before his execution and unravel his own surprising connection to this strange new world.
Drawing on Near East mythologies about djinn and legends of King Solomon, JULES AND THE DJINN-MASTER is an adventurous Middle-Grade fantasy. JULES’s contemporary characters and voice evoke Jonathan Stroud’s BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY and Phillip Pullman’s THE GOLDEN COMPASS, and are ultimately rooted in the tradition passed down by C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle.