Slave of the Lamp written by Paula Fogarty
Published by DoctorZed Publishing
Rufus Tyler needs a job so he can buy a new computer. The ads in the newspaper offer him absolutely zilch but, one day on the way home from school, a kookaburra drops a leaflet from high in a tree and the leaflet turns out to be an advert for the perfect job. Well, it's almost perfect. It's a competition for a job, which Rufus enters and actually wins.
Rufus Tyler is thirteen years old so he’s hugely disappointed when the prize arrives in the mail – he thought it would be something to do with a job but it turns out to be a box with an old brass lamp. Later that evening, whilst cleaning the lamp, a djinni (genie) appears whose name is Abu Hasan.
The lamp, explains Abu Hasan, is a portal to adventure and time travel. Abu Hasan will morph into Rufus to cover for him while he’s away. During the course of the book, the reader is taken with Rufus on several exciting quests including one with someone called Aladdin who turns out to be not such a nice fellow, and one in Athens where Rufus becomes a candidate for human sacrifice to a Minotaur. And later there's a party, in Rufus’ garage with Ali Babar and forty thieves.
The theme of Slave of the Lamp is that things are not always as they seem to be, and that it’s always a good idea to say yes to going on an adventure, especially if it involves a brass lamp, a genie and the school holidays.
The storyline of Slave of the Lamp is fast moving and action packed. This book would appeal to middle-grade kids who've read books like Nick Earl's Word Hunters series and Suzanne Collins’ The Underland Chronicles.
My only disappointment is that the novel seems to not have had a thorough edit or proof read. There are some errors and inconsistencies. Despite this, the story carries the book and the adventure nicely and is hard to put down.
CKT Book Reviewer