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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.
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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.

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Until I covered the refugee camps in Pakistan during the Afghan war I had no idea of the suffering these people endured, or the courage it required.  Thirty years later the suffering remains in Afghanistan.  This book comes from the refugees own stories.

About Suzanne

I grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, where I learned to love the land, animals and stories. I graduated from college knowing I wanted to be a writer. A few years later I went to work for United Press International in Hong Kong. From there I served as UPI bureau...

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