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The House of Djinn (Shabanu #3)

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Mumtaz, daughter of Shabanu, has lived with her father's traditional Muslim family for 10 years, enduring the scorn of her auntie Leyla day in and day out. Her only protectors are her uncle Omar and Baba, patriarch of the Amirzai tribe, but even they would disown her if they knew she had a crush on a Hindu boy. The only person Mumtaz can confide in is her cousin Jameel. Un...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Ember (first published April 1st 2008)
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Caroline Alicia
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The House of Djinn should only be read after you finish the first two in the series. This is not a fast paced story and would be boring for many young adults. I thought that her first book, Shabanu, was much more exciting. Ms Staples does write well, and even though she jumps from one character's story to another throughout the book, I had no trouble figuring out what was going on. She gives a helpful glossary of all the Urdu terms that the characters use, even though most of the dialog is in En...more
Before I review, I must say that I read Shabanu a few years ago and didn't realize there was another sequel (Haveli) before House of Djinn. That being said, I was quite disappointed with this book. I had previously read two of Staples' other books, and really enjoyed them. I just couldn't get into this book though. It took me a while to read it because I kept stopping to put it down. The various perspectives only made me feel disconnected with the characters, and the juxtaposition between Americ...more
This was the third book following Shabanu: daughter of the wind and Haveli. It was good, but my least favorite of the 3. There is such a cultural divide that it is impossible to relate to the sense of honor and duty of the Pakistani people. The books narrate a young Pakistani desert girl named Shabanu. In the 1st book it mostly details her life in the desert and taking the camels to trade (it was very very good), the following book jumps forward in time about 7 years and she has been married off...more
I read "Shabanu" and "Haveli" in junior high and high school respectively. I thoroughly enjoyed the novels, the strong character of Shabanu, and the elegantly pace of the novels. "The House of Djinn" doesn't seem to fit with the elegance of the first two novels. Told from the voices of Mumtaz, Shabanu's daughter, and Jameel, Mumtaz's cousin, the story-line was easy to follow if lackluster.

This installment included elements of mysticism that just didn't fit with the first two novels, giving the...more
This was the last book in the trilogy of Shabanu. I really liked the three stories as they unfold Shabanu’s life steeped in traditional Pakistani culture. Even though the books span a 20-year period, I still think it would have been better if they were just ONE book. Staples must have felt the reader needed to catch-up, because The House of Djinn had so much repeated information, I just wanted to say, “Get on with it!” It did offer a conclusion to the trilogy -- finally.
Bon, par où commencer?... Pour être directe, ce troisième tome de la série était vraiment pas terrible. Le style littéraire de l’auteur est terriblement enfantin : elle infantilise les personnages qui passent leur temps à pleurer ou à se poser les mêmes questions existentielles, mais qui semblent perdre toute leur complexité à travers les mots (Suis-je Américain? Non, je ne suis pas Américain, j’ai du sang pakistanais dans mes veines, mais j’adore le skate, alors, une partie de moi est tourné ve...more
Debra Goodman
This story follows two cousins who are members of the "Amirzai clan." Mumtaz is growing up in her uncle's home following the death of her parents, and Jameel is growing up in California but spends his summers in the family home. Mumtaz - who's mother was a poor wife of the previous tribal leader - is treated like a servant by her aunt, also step sister, but only when other family members are not around. The story explores traditional and modern cultural patterns with the clan leader enjoying new...more
I have waited for this book for about 10 years - excited and apprehensive about reading it.

At first, I was a bit disappointed but after I finished I realized the book was not just a story and not just the resolution of the first two. It is a choice - for Pakistan, and even Afghanistan. Pakistan must choose to embrace the positive and nurturing old ways, accept the positive changes and ideas that come from outside, and blend the two in a manner unique to Pakistan. Perhaps the best word is modera...more
Jori Richardson
Suzanne Fisher Staples could have, and certainly has in the past, done better.
The storyline here is - A young girl in modern Pakistan is struggling to find her place in a world where family life is a battle, and Islamic traditions confuse and frustrate her. Her life takes a shocking turn when she discovers that her mother Shabanu, supposedly dead for years, is actually alive, her beloved grandfather falls ill, and her place in the family is reversed.
"The House of Djinn" never captured my attenti...more
I want to give this book 3 1/2 stars but went with 4. As with the other 2 books based on Shabanu's life, this book started slow but ended nicely. This book focuses mainly on Mumtaz, Shabanu's daughter, and her life growing up without a mother and father, both she believes to be dead. Mumtaz grows up being raised by her loving grandfather, cruel aunt, and adoring uncle. Mumtaz's life is thrown into a whirlwind when her grandfather dies and she finds out the plans that he made for her and her cous...more
Mar 11, 2013 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone & Everyone!
Recommended to Maria by: Got in library
I loved all three books of Shabanu. I wish there were more books so we could know how life works out for Muti and Jameel though. I loved this book and how it ended, it was a perfect ending to the trilogy. But the one part I can not get over is that Shabanu and her love, Omar, never got married.(I was devastated!) I mean, I know that he's married to Leyla but who says he can't get remarried or get a second wife like his father and uncles?!(just kidding! but still....) I really thought they should...more
I liked this book, but not as much as the two previous books. I felt like the author took too long to arrive at the "conflict" of the story, and took way too little time resolving it. The title didn't really do the story justice, either. There are "djini" in this book, but not the magical "grant three wishes" types. They are spirits that create mischief in order to teach people a valuable lesson they need to learn. The djinn play a role, but not a major one, and the title is a bit misleading the...more
I've been waiting almost 10 years since I first read and loved Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind and its sequel, Haveli, which was even better, for this continuation of her story. Picking up 10 years after the second book ends, the story focuses more on her daughter, Mumtaz, than on Shabanu, who has been in hiding all this time. Everyone, including Mumtaz, believes that Shabanu is dead, though now she has decided to leave her hiding place and resume her life. But changes in the family that affect he...more
This is the third book by Staples featuring the same family of tribal Pakistanis, the first two being "Shabanu" and "Haveli." In this title, fifteen year old Mumtaz learns her mother Shabanu is alive after believing she had died ten years before. Her precarious position in the house of her modern-thinking Uncle is made worse by his death, and she learns that rather than being married off to a villager as her half-sister always threatens, other, equally disturbing plans have been made for her fut...more
This was a pretty good addition to the story of Shabanu and Mumtaz. I love being able to go into the worlds that Fisher creates. However, though I understood the reasons for it, I was not happy with the ending. The whole time I was rooting for this one thing to happen and then it doesn't. It was disappointing, but it didn't inhibit my love for the book too much. Also, while reading this book I was learning about Islam in Change and Rev. It was kind of weird to see how the information corresponde...more
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
There seems to not be enough of a "story" to keep me going. The whole time, I felt that I was being told a bunch of scenarios so eventually I can be told again how these two young people decide to follow their family duties and traditions -- without feeling that I either strongly agree or vehemently disagree with them. I do respect Staples' showing how young people in our days can and still do hold on to traditions. These two just happen to be from Pakistan and of Islamic faith. (Although, I do...more
Elise Notseck
Highly disappointing, especially if you have read and (deeply) loved the two first ones - in that case, I recommend you to not open this third book to preserve the feelings left by Shabanu and Haveli. Plus, The House of Djinn is not even about Shabanu herself, while it would have been interesting to explore the consequences of her terrible choice on her character, as a human being, and on her future. I don't understand either the change of tone; it's written for a quite young audience whereas th...more
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Following the Newbery Honor book, Shabanu and its sequel, Haveli, this book focuses primarily on Shabanu's daughter Muti. The girl has been raised thinking her mother was dead, while in fact Shabanu staged her own death to protect her child. Teen readers will understand both the emotional appeal of Muti's potential romance with her older tennis instructor and the confusion surrounding the upcoming marriage of two friends, bound by tradition but living in modern Pakistani society. The book works...more
The House of Djinn

Beautiful. Shabanu, Haveli, and now The House of Djinn. Absolutely beautiful. Each one transports you. I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it straight through. Strongly recommend this book.
I love this series but once again I am super disappointed with the ending! I suppose its my American view of how everyone should end up happy and in love with the right person. But still, I feel like the story is unfinished and I really hope there is another book on the way! The other thing that really bothered me was how mystical this book was when the first two centered more on traditions and customs in Pakistan. I enjoyed it, but am holding out hope that there will be super happy and resolved...more
I enjoyed Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, and Haveli. All of the books have the protagonists bending their individual wills and desires for the good of the family, which is counter-intuitive to the "rugged individualism" of American culture. It's good to have to learn to think in a different mindset. Still, the first two books had me wrapped up in the story, while I found my mind drifting during the third. Despite the events that brought up strong emotions in the characters, I just didn't feel th...more
Weaksauce. I felt like I had to read this, because I read the first two as a teenager. Not necessary at all. First of all, I don't really care about Mumtaz. I started this journey with Shabanu and figured that it would continue her story. And even if I did care about Shabanu's daughter, this book is written so...PLAINLY. Emotional reveals happen in a paragraph and the climax of the story takes up about 3/4 of the page. Staples could have kept this book -- it enhanced nothing, it resolved nothing...more
Feb 19, 2008 Edie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls with a sense of romance
I like Suzanne Fisher Stapled and I like the characters that I first meet in Shabanu so I was happy to revisit their story and Muti, Shabanu's daughter, is fun and independent and feisty and just the way we'd like our daughters to be. But the story seemed kind of flat, the villain is easily disposed of, the resolution in keeping with what should be done. It's an enjoyable read, it gives a wonderful sense of a lusch, elegant, beautiful Pakistan but it doesn't sweep you away the way Shabanu did.
Shabanu has been hiding for ten years, but now she feels she can no longer live hidden on the roof of the haveli of her sister-in-law. She wants to return to her family in Cholistan and wants her daughter Mumtaz to know she is alive. Mumtaz has been living with her father's family, and while her Uncle Omar and her cousin Jameel and her Baba love her, the rest of the family resents her and makes her life miserable. Now, Baba had died of a stroke, and everything is about to change.
I really liked Shabanu and Haveli. When this one came out I went and bought it because I knew it would take my library a long time to get it in (don't get me started). I was Very disappointed. I can't say I have ever loved one of Suzanne Fisher Staples novels, but I have enjoyed them. This one was a huge let down for me. It felt like a summary of the previous two books with very little happening in the present. I didn't love Mumtaz and there wasn't enough of Shabanu for me.
The third book in the Shabanu series, this is my favorite. Shabanu has been hiding from her murderous, power hungry brother in law. Her daughter thinks she has been dead since the her uncle's attack on her parents. Now the family power structure is in turmoil and Shabanu must reveal herself to her daughter and attempt to restore order to the family. It opened my eyes to the male side of arranged marriages and as ever some of the social realities in Pakistan.
I really, really wanted to like this book - the story wasn't bad, the characters were interesting, the struggle of New vs. Old, the "cinderella" subplot - but, well, the writing failed. I just couldn't dive into the writing and enjoy the way I wanted to. There were a number of times when I felt cheated by the author (particularly when she alluded to the previous book/plot in a "well, if you haven't read that, you won't get this" style). Sigh.
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Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of six books addressed to children and adolescents. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), she grew up in a small community around Northwestern Pennsylvania. She had three siblings, a sister and two brothers. Suzanne went to Lakeland High School in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. Later, she graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She...more
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