This is more than just another account of Shahrazad's legend; Marjan learns her own life story and strengths. She is a wounded child, physically and spiritually, and her experiences in the harem and with Shahrazad and her search for the missing tale help Marjan heal. Each chapter begins with "Lessons for Life and Storytelling," which are echoed in that chapter. Marjan grows stronger as she learns each new life lesson. As the story progresses, the reader becomes more invested in the fate of Marjan and, consequently, the fate of Shahrazad and all young women and girls in the sultanate. Well written and engaging, young readers will enjoy this tale and perhaps may even take some of the "Lessons for Life and Storytelling" for themselves.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).