Leyla: The Black Tulip (Girls of Many Lands)
Leyla The Black Tulip - Girls of Many Lands Author:Alev Lytle Croutier Instanbul, 1720 -- How could this elegant girl possibly be me, the girl who had run wild in the Caucasus not so long ago? This girl in the looking glass resembled a Princess! With a grateful smile, I looked around at all the girls, all of whom also looked magnificent. Surely, the Padishah would be pleased with such ... more »a harem!...
Life in the Topkapi Palace harem follows its own rules and rhythms, and twelve-year-old newcomer Leyla has much to learn about this hidden world of women. When she reveals her skills as a gardener, Leyla is assigned to work with the Mistress of the Flowers. In the harem gardens, Leyla secretly plants the tulip bulbs she has brought from her home in the Caucasus Mountains -- a reminder of the life she's left behind. If the bulbs are discovered, will there be trouble?« less
Set in Istanbul in 1720, Leyla's travels bring her to the Topkapi Palace harem where she learns that life is very different from the way she was raised. She has secretly stashed tulips from her homeland in her belongings and her abilities as a gardener help her along. I enjoyed the story but believe that many girls that in slavery do not have such a good ending. Leyla's many talents were noticed and she is able to enjoy the fruits of her labor. A little is said about some of the other girls and of what happens to them through the course of the book. Nonetheless a good book to read with girls you know and to use as a starting point for discussing issues that occur in the book.
Like the other books in the series this was and amazing book. You get so connected with the girls and feel there pain and other emotions. i reckomend this for all ages and an inspiring book for girls. This book above the other books in the series was my personal favorite