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A whole new world : a twisted tale, Liz Braswell

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A whole new world : a twisted tale
Title
A whole new world
Title remainder
a twisted tale
Statement of responsibility
Liz Braswell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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
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Review
  • Grades 6-10 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 (Reviewed 11-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 5)
  • 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 --Lauren Strohecker (Reviewed October 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 10, p99)
  • 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 underground—in 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 depth—as in the genie's tragic back story and Jafar's terrifying descent into madness—it 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)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10449688
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Aladdin (Motion picture : 1992)
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Braswell, Liz
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • MG+
  • MG+
LC call number
PZ7.B73767
LC item number
Wh 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.6
  • 5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A twisted tale
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Aladdin
  • Magic
  • Revolutions
  • Princesses
  • Aladdin
  • Magic
  • Revolutions
  • Princesses
  • Aladdin
  • Magic
  • Princesses
  • Revolutions
  • Aladdin (Legendary character)
  • Magic
  • Revolutions
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A whole new world : a twisted tale, Liz Braswell
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Publication
Note
Based on: Aladdin, the 1992 Disney film
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Hardcover edition.
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9781484707326
Lccn
2015932334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900031951
Label
A whole new world : a twisted tale, Liz Braswell
Publication
Note
Based on: Aladdin, the 1992 Disney film
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Hardcover edition.
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9781484707326
Lccn
2015932334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900031951

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