Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she's been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she's dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family's honor -- or listen to the stirrings of her own heart?
"Shabanu is an unforgettable heroine set like a fine jewel in a wonderfully wrought book." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Staples's depiction of desert life is breathtaking. She employs vivid, lyrical metaphors to create the potency of the family's joys and struggles. Shabanu's thorny, poignant coming-of-age will capture the attention of readers young and old." -- Publisher's Weekly
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Author||Suzanne Fisher Staples|
|Publication Date||Aug 12, 2003|
|Award Winners||Newbery Honor|