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Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she's been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she's dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family's honoror listen to the stirrings of her own heart?
Suzanne Fisher Staples is the award-winning author whose novels for young adults include <i>Haveli</i>, the sequel to <i>Shabanu</i>; <i>Dangerous Skies</i>; and <i>Shiva’s Fire</i>. Before writing books, she worked for many years as a UPI correspondent in Asia, with stints in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.