Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

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by Suzanne Fisher Staples
     
 

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"This first novel is, on several counts, one of the most exciting YA books to appear recently. Staples is so steeped in her story and its Pakistani setting that the use of a first-person voice for a desert child rings authentic—the voice is clear, consistent, and convincing. Shabanu and her sister are to marry brothers as soon as they all come of age. But she…  See more details below

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"This first novel is, on several counts, one of the most exciting YA books to appear recently. Staples is so steeped in her story and its Pakistani setting that the use of a first-person voice for a desert child rings authentic—the voice is clear, consistent, and convincing. Shabanu and her sister are to marry brothers as soon as they all come of age. But she will eventually lose her betrothed and be promised to a wealthy landowner to settle a feud. The richness and tragedy of a whole culture are reflected in the fate of this girl's family. Through an involving plot Staples has given readers insight into lives totally different from their own, but into emotions resoundingly familiar."—(starred) Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this Newbery Honor book about a Pakistani girl a ``thorny, poignant coming-of-age'' novel. ``Staples's depiction of desert life is breathtaking. She employs vivid, lyrical metaphors to create the potency of the family's joys and struggles.'' Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
There are few who have helped to open a better understanding of women in another culture like Suzanne Staples, who won a 1990 Newbery Honor Medal for Shabanu. Staples, for years a foreign correspondent and news desk editor, has begun a new career as a young adult novelist. Shabanu was born out of Suzanne's own surprise at the life she found while working in Pakistan. "I try to remember about what I thought of Pakistan before I went there. It's an artificial country created when the British were cutting India free, and you don't expect it to have such a rich culture." For Staples, the most precious treasures she found in Pakistan were the stories of the people she met, particularly the women. In the Cholistan desert, she met an eleven-year-old girl, orphaned, intelligent, independent, and confident. She became the inspiration for her heroine Shabanu. There is a study guide available from Learning Links.
From the Publisher
“Shabanu is an unforgettable heroine set like a fine jewel in a wonderfully wrought book.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Staples has accomplished a small miracle in her touching and powerful story.”—The New York Times

“Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force.”—The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440238560
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/12/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.31(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

SUZANNE FISHER STAPLES is the award-winning author whose novels for young adults include Haveli and The House of Djinn, companion novels to Shabanu; Dangerous Skies, and Shiva's Fire. Before writing books, she worked for many years as a UPI correspondent in Asia, with stints in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.

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