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.
Wonderful Newbery Honor book for young adults about the muslim world from a teenager's point of view. See companion book, "Haveli."
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.
Fascinating, heartbreaking -- this book is a quick read that will stick with you for a long time. The title character is smart and has a strength of spirit anyone can admire and cheer for. And if, like me, you read through it in one sitting and are thirsting for more, there is most fortunately a sequel, Haveli.
This book was much more interesting that I thought it would be. I want to read the sequels next.
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 freedom 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?
An interesting look into another culture.
I think it is a very good look on the lives of women in another culture. Both sweet and cruel.
There is, of course, a real place called Cholistan, it's the east central part of Pakistan (and goes into India). It is a pretty good story, although from what I read I think it's a typical "how westerners think wonderful dads in traditional countries should treat their daughters" kind of a book.