An insightful review of Rebels of the Kasbah from 11 year old Xander


Xander, an 11 year old student who reviews books and posts them on his impressive blog, recently raced through reading Rebels of the Kasbah. Here are his thoughts!

For today I have a review of Rebels of the Kasbah, sent to me by the wonderful Christie Clarke, and an In My Mailbox!  Enjoy:-)

Four kids; Aseem, Tariq, Margaret and Fez have all been kidnapped, and sold as slaves to an incredibly ruthless man Caid Ali Tamzali, who owns a magnificent kasbah and forces his slaves to be competitors in camel races.  On the journey to the kasbah, the foursome unite and form an unbreakable alliance and friendship that distances when they get to the kasbah.  Margaret is taken to be in the harem, while the boys are put with the other boys to be camel jockeys.  As they start racing, Aseem and Tariq get beat up for continuously placing in last, and Margaret is being saved for the Caid’s son.  As they start giving up hope for an escape, an unexpected rescuer comes to take them from the kasbah.  Their rescuer is a martial artist named Sana’a, who is a friend of Tariq’s guardian.  In a tale of mystery and suspense,  four kids all  from different backgrounds unite to escape enslavement in 1912 Morocco, with fierce enemies breathing down their necks.

What I thought about this book:

I absolutely LOVED this book.  I’m not going to lie; when I got this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  When I started reading it though, the first chapter had me hooked.  The setting is portrayed very vividly, and I really loved the stories of where each of the kids (and Sana’a) came from.  The villains were very well written, as was the entire story.  I love the cover; the colors look great together, and it looks like a camel is taking over the city:-)  Overall, this was an incredible book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.


Action: 9 out of 10 XanderStars

Suspense: 8 out of 10 XanderStars

Well-Written: 9 out of 10 XanderStars

Overall: 9.25 out of 10 XanderStars

Information about the book:

Author: Joe O’Neill

Publisher: Black Ship Publishing

Page Count:

Published: April 2, 2012

Hope you liked the review!