Shabanu Daughter of the Wind Author:Suzanne Fisher Staples 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... more » 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?« less
ISBN-13: 9780440238560 ISBN-10: 0440238560 Pages:288 Reading Level: Young Adult Rating:
The first time I read this book I was in 5th grade and it was for a book report. For the first two chapter's or so I just couldn't get into it and was on the verge of picking another book when my mother told me that I shouldn't base the book's worth on the first few pages. So, I listened to her, and I finished it. More than ten years later it is still one of my favorite books. I find myself going back to often, when I have nothing new to read, or when I'm doing a little spring cleaning and happen to find it in a forgotten corner.
Even though this book is written for young adult / high school students, it was mesmerizing to me as a 42 year-old mom. I wanted to fight for Shabanu; for the freedom of choice she doesn't have simply because she is a girl. This story was an eye-opening view of the many different cultural groups that exist within Pakistan and a woman's place in those cultures. The descriptions of the characters, the geographical areas, and customs are detailed. I read this book in one sitting and then ordered the companion novel Haveli that continues Shabanu's story. I am about to order the last book in the triad. If you have a daughter, this is a must read!
A great piece of young adult literature. Its a tale of a young girl in a Pakistan. Its a powerful story of the culture surrounding her and her camel raising family of gypsies. It has some graphic parts that may not be suitable for immature readers.