Author(s): Suzanne Fisher Staples
Twelve-year-old Shabanu lives with her family in Pakistan's Cholistan Desert, in a society that denies women any form of independence. She is already betrothed, while her sister Phulan, a year older, is about to be married. After tragedy strikes, Shabanu is faced with a life changing decision - she must choose between pursuing the freedom she's always longed for and following the traditions of her family and culture.
A very thought-provoking read. Education Otherwise Outstanding... An enthralling and well-sustained plot, featuring dust storms and desert rangers, casually vindictive oppression, murder and tribal skulduggery. The Independent "A small miracle ... touching and powerful." New York Times
Suzanne Fisher Staples is a former United Press International news reporter who has worked in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. She is the award-winning author of many acclaimed books for young readers set in South Asia and the Middle East, including Under the Same Stars and Under the Persimmon Tree, both of which are also endorsed by Amnesty International UK. She lives in Pennsylvania, USA.