This story about a Muslim girl bound by traditional Islamic customs but who yearns for something more explores women’s rights, freedom, religion, and identity.
In the Libyan city of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions. She too yearns to travel to distant cities, and longs to learn to read like her younger brother. But nearly 12 years old, and soon to be of marriagable age, Malika knows that—like all Muslim women—she must be content with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger enters her home . . . someone who disrupts the traditional order of things—and who affects Malika in unexpected ways.
“I was enchanted by this story of a brave Berber girl who dares to dream and its filigree of details about harem life, ancient trade routes, goddesses and healers. The real beauty of The Shadows of Ghadames is that it transcends the exotic to explore universal truths about the condition of being human.”—Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of the Newbery Honor Book Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
*“Stolz invigorates her tale with elegant prose and a deft portrayal of a girl verging on adolescence. The vivid backdrop is intoxicating, but the story’s universal concerns will touch readers most.”—Booklist, Starred
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Joëlle Stolz is a French journalist based in Vienna, where she reports for Le Monde and Radio France Internationale. The Shadows of Ghadames is her first children’s novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The cultural depiction of life in the city of Ghadames described in this book is incredibly accurate. Although the characters are imaginary, the traditions and characteristics proposed by the characters in this book represent true Muslim traditions. Topics such as traditions, customs, ceremonies, duties, religion, and responsibilities are all covered in this book. While reading this book, the main character Malika will search for her own identity as a women in the city of Ghadames. She experiences what it is like to be a Muslim woman and how her responsibilities will become a reality as she gets older. You will learn what it means to find your own identity in a world that seems strange. This book is a great source for teachers who would be introducing new units on different countries, cultures, or races. Students will gain a stronger understanding of the Muslim religion as well as the roles of men and women around the world. It would be a great idea to read this book and then create a compare and contrast assignment where students compare the roles of women and men back then to the roles of women and men in modern times. Overall the children would gain far greater knowledge about other cultures and customs by reading this book.