The Genie of Sutton Place

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The Genie of Sutton Place
Author George Selden
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Media type Print
Pages 175

The Genie of Sutton Place is a 1973 supernatural young adult novel by George Selden, who was most famous for The Cricket in Times Square. Sutton Place was Seldon’s second most popular novel after the Times Square series, but as it began to deal with more mature themes, its accessibility to children was somewhat more limited. Seldon, who was bisexual,[citation needed] generally kept his personal life outside his works directed at youngsters. Together with William Sleator, this makes him the second widely read bisexual children's book writer, cultural prejudice of which required silence at a time when HIV was raving the gay-bisex community.


‘’Sutton Place’’ deals with a young man, his coming-of-age, and a thousand-year old genie. Interactions of absolute power (supernatural) vs. daily life are examined; action and adventure unfold in conjunction with a transformed dog.


The New York Times gave ‘’Sutton Place’’ a mixed review [1] but Kirkus Reviews called it “brisk and breathless".[2] Since then, the book has remained a topic of study at the grade school level.[3]