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A whole new world : a twisted tale


First Hardcover edition.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
Based on: Aladdin, the 1992 Disney film.
"Aladdin is a street rat. There's really no getting around that. Like most, he's just trying to survive another day in impoverished Agrabah. Jasmine is a princess, one who is about to enter into an arranged marriage. All she wants is to escape her fate, to see what lies beyond the palace walls. But everything changes when the sultan's trusted advisor, Jafar, suddenly rises to power. With the help of an ancient lamp, Jafar becomes determined to break the laws of magic and gain control over love and death. Soon Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion to stop the power-mad ruler. But their fight for freedom grows costly when it threatens to tear the kingdom apart."--Page 2 of cover.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 5.6 12.0 180013.

Accelerated Reader MG+ 5.6 12.
Added Uniform Title:
Adaptation of (expression): Aladdin (Motion picture : 1992)


Call Number
TEEN Braswell, L.
TEEN Braswell, L.

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What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin.
When Jafar steals the Genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
Praise for A Whole New World :
"A magic carpet ride of a book! A fun and unpredictable retelling of the classic Aladdin story, a must-read for all of us Disney fans!" -Melissa de la Cruz

Author Notes

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com or tweet @LizBraswell.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The first quarter of this work functions as a novelization of the Disney movie that inspired it, detailing the escapades of young street urchin Aladdin as he steals to survive. After Aladdin encounters the princess Jasmine at the city market, the villainous Jafar, the childlike sultan's grand vizier, uses Aladdin to retrieve a magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders. It is here that the story deviates from Disney, as this time around it is Jafar who claims possession of the lamp and uses the genie inside to murder the sultan and take his throne. Upon escaping from the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin teams up with Jasmine and a band of thieving street rats to stop the evil sorcerer and reclaim the city of Agrabah. The action-packed story maintains a brisk pace, but the characters lack depth and complexity, and though Braswell succeeds in creating a darker tone, she is less successful in her efforts to ground Jasmine and Aladdin's revolution in Agrabah's economic inequities. Furthermore, the novel is a bit heavy-handed thematically, and anachronistic word choices and dialogue have a tendency to pull readers from what is otherwise an interesting, if simplistic, setting. VERDICT An additional purchase where there is an enthusiastic audience for retellings.-Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Abington School District, PA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

What if Jafar got the lamp instead of Aladdin? That's the twist in this fan-fiction-like take on Disney's Aladdin, first in a series of such reimagininings. Jasmine and Aladdin, revolutionary heroes, fight a power-hungry villain and his undead army. The comic, anachronistic genie is the highlight of this strange mash-up of modern American and (questionable) non-specific Middle Eastern cultures. For die-hard Disney fans only. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In a Disney-authorized riff on the animated film Aladdin, one crucial plot twist has horrifying results. The first quarter of the book serves up a straightforward novelization of the film, until evil vizier Jafar traps the roguish protagonist undergroundin this version, without the magical lamp. Aladdin escapes to find that with the genie's aid, Jafar has publicly murdered the feckless sultan, imprisoned the princess Jasmine, and terrorized the people of Agrabah into submission. Fortunately, Aladdin can call upon the Street Rats to spearhead a revolution, but can a gang of petty thieves prevail over Jafar's black magic? Briskly paced, with nonstop action and clever allusions to classic horror tales, this retelling suffers from paper-thin characterization and abrupt shifts in tone, from saccharine romance to snarky quips to grisly horror, including the tortures and deaths of more than one beloved movie character. The setting and dialogue are rife with jarring anachronisms, and even when some characters are granted added depthas in the genie's tragic back story and Jafar's terrifying descent into madnessit often backfires, for instance conflicting creepily with the former's jocular wisecracks and latter's cartoonish villainy. Despite a tacked-on happily-ever-after epilogue, the darkness and violence, culminating in a rebel "victory" that is at best ambiguous, leave a bitter aftertaste. Competent enough as fan fiction, but strictly for (not-too-devoted) fans of the movie. (Fantasy. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In this first of a new line from Disney, readers are taken to Agrabah for another look at the story of Aladdin. The idea here is to alter an aspect of a Disney movie: in this case, an alternate universe in which Jafar gets the lamp early on, Princess Jasmine is deposed, and the thieves of Agrabah mount a revolution against the tyrannical new sultan. It's an interesting conceit, although the story suffers by adhering too closely to the film roughly the first third is a recreation of the movie, down to the exact dialogue. And when the story does veer into new territory, it lacks much of the charm of the original: despite added backstory, the genie's role is much reduced. Jafar, too, is not the villain he was in the movies, as he quickly disintegrates into caricature. Still, though, there are redeeming qualities in the exploration of Aladdin's backstory and in the refreshing take on Jasmine, always one of the spunkier Disney princesses, as she leads a revolution. Despite its shortcomings, this will likely generate some demand thanks to the enduring popularity of the film have an extra copy on hand.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2015 Booklist