From the Publisher
“Again, Staples imbues Shabanu and her beautiful, brutally repressive world with a splendid reality that transcends the words on the page. Admirers of the intelligent and courageous Shabanu will thirst for more.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Engrossing . . . a swiftly moving adventure story, set in modern Pakistan.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“Staples brews a potent mix here. . . . Haveli will hold readers with rapt attention.”—Booklist, Starred
“Staples’s portrayal of Pakistan is remarkably even-handed: she acknowledges the society’s inequities while celebrating its beauty and warmth. Intoxicating.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised the ``eloquent, unpretentious language'' and ``intoxicating blend of heart-pounding adventure and social issues'' of this sequel to Shabanu. Ages 12-up. (June)
In a starred review, PW praised the "eloquent, unpretentious language" and "intoxicating blend of heart-pounding adventure and social issues" of this sequel to Shabanu. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Haveli shows us the Pakistan of the upper class and the social constraints that bind the women. It is a tale of a woman's survival against incredible odds. According to the author, every story, every character, every detail is based on real things that happened to real people. Staples wrote her books to push aside the myths that exist in the West about Islamic culture and to expose the richness underneath. There is a haunting quality that invites women of all ages to think about the value systems of different cultures. Due to the material that is sometimes sexual and complex, the book is recommended for mature young adult readers. School Library Journal Best Book.