Book List: Teen Fiction Featuring Asian and Pacific Islanders
Published by: Laurel Leaf
Author: Staples, Suzanne Fisher
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The world of Newbery Honor book "Shabanu" is vividly re-created in this novel of a young Pakistani woman's heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges to her position in her husband's household, even as she plans for her young daughter's education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the "haveli, " their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union.