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Product Number: 3K678
Released: Jun 17, 2005
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ISBN: #9781419332326
Narrator/s: Christina Moore
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Following a tradition as old as the sands of the Cholistan Desert, 13-year-old Shabanu has been promised in marriage by next year's rains. She'll be joining her beloved sister, who is soon to marry into the same family. As far as arranged marriages go, Shabanu is happy with her father's choice. When violence breaks out, the wedding plans are quickly changed. To uphold family honor Shabanu's father promises her to a much older man-to join a covey of three other wives. Upholding her father's oath will sentence Shabanu to a life of servitude-but if she refuses she betrays not only her family, but also the traditions of her people. Suzanne Fisher Staples worked for many years as a UPI correspondent in Pakistan where she became involved with the nomads of the Cholistan Desert. An ALA Notable Children's Book, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a 1990 Newbery Honor Book, Shabanu sheds a gentle light on a complex and misunderstood culture-one which forces a spirited young girl to weigh her own desires against the shameful consequences.

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Narrator(s): Christina Moore
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Released: Feb 04, 2005
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ISBN: #9781419332302
Genre: Ya Fiction
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"Westerners might consider this beautiful story to be a fairytale. Shabanu, a thirteen-year-old Pakistani nomad, is midwife to a camel birth, repairs saddles, is promised in marriage to a much older man and goes to the camel fair with her father. Through his experience as a UPI correspondent in Pakistan, Staples shares his insight into Shabanu's culture, religion, language and lifestyle. The narrator does a flawless job and even imparts a subtle lesson in the nomad's language. Men, women and children and a wide range of emotions are effectively rendered. Though intended for a young adult audience, Shabanu introduces a culture unknown to those of all ages. S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"