Suzanna Fisher Staples
I’m realizing I judge books too quickly. Thank God I have issues not finishing a book once I’ve started. The beginning was a bit slow, but once Shabanu gets going, she’s a great main character. It made me aware of the bias towards Middle Eastern women, especially in our society. It also made me really think about what makes a woman “strong.” Shabanu works what she can with what she has. While she may be forced to cover her hair and follow her parent’s orders, no one can force her to stop thinking, and she never once stops her thoughts. I don’t know if I could be that brave and smart.
I highly recommend this book to young girls–they should get a chance to read about a brave, strong, intelligent pre-teen in a world where everything regarding her future is decided for her. Go get it! I’ll be checking out the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.