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Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples
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Feb 01, 12

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Suzanne Fisher Staples creates a lasing piece of YA fiction with Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind. The character of Shabanu is well-developed and portrayed. She has a feisty, independent spirit that gets her into trouble as she can be defiant and disobedient, very dangerous characteristics for a woman in her Middle Eastern culture. The book has many well-constructed characters, all of whom Staples places within a story with escalating conflict. The reader learns about the lifestyle of the culture, and Staples shows how both Shabanu and Phulan grow up knowing that their homes are temporary. Their real homes will be the ones they are married into. The book offers much in the way of culture, the region, and the people who live and endure under the circumstances. taples develops a story around all these elements that allow young readers to see what it’s like to live in a certain Middle Eastern culture.
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