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A season of change along the Virginia shoreline where their families have lived for generations, Buck and Tunes Smith defy tradition. Raised together like brother and sister, they are bound by surname, but not by skin color.
My very own dog... All Suzanne can think of is her dream dog --- black-and-tan, with long silky fur and deep chocolate eyes. So when the perfect dog shows up one day, she is overjoyed. But Jeff, the dog, has a nose for trouble, and keeping him will be more difficult than Suzanne ever imagined.
The world of Newbery Honor bookShabanuis 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 thehaveli,their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union.
It has been ten years since Shabanu staged her death to secure the safety of her daughter, Mumtaz, from her husband's murderous brother. Mumtaz has been raised by her father's family with the education and security her mother desired for her, but with little understanding and love. Only her American cousin Jameel, her closest confidant and friend, and the beloved family patriarch, Baba, understand the pain of her loneliness. When Baba unexpectedly dies, Jameel's succession as the Amirzai tribal leader and the arrangement of his marriage to Mumtaz are revealed, causing both to question whether fulfilling their duty to the family is worth giving up their dreams for the future. A commanding sequel to the novels "Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind" and "Haveli", "The House of Djinn" stands on its own. Suzanne Fisher Staples returns to modern-day Pakistan to reexamine the juxtaposition of traditional Islamic values with modern ideals of love.
Prince Edward inadvertently switches places with Tom Canty, a pauper. While both boys are interested in experiencing life in the other's shoes, they are dismayed by the realities of their new lives. Written before The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was finished, this tale contains the elements of social criticism that were later to dominate Twain's writings
"This first novel is, on several counts, one of the most exciting YA books to appear recently. Staples is so steeped in her story and its Pakistani setting that the use of a first-person voice for a desert child rings authentic--the voice is clear, consistent, and convincing. Shabanu and her sister are to marry brothers as soon as they all come of age. But she will eventually lose her betrothed and be promised to a wealthy landowner to settle a feud. The richness and tragedy of a whole culture are reflected in the fate of this girl's family. Through an involving plot Staples has given readers insight into lives totally different from their own, but into emotions resoundingly familiar. "--(starred)Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.
Newbery Honor author Suzanne Fisher Staples writes with power and assurance in this story of a girl dancer who sacrifices her friends and family for her art.
Originally written to entertain his four young sons, Johann David Wyss based The Swiss Family Robinson on Daniel Defoe's classic shipwreck story, Robinson Crusoe (1719). Upon its initial publication in 1812, The Swiss Family Robinson was received with great enthusiasm not only as a first-rate adventure story, but also as a practical guide to self-sufficiency.
Left alone in Afghanistan, young Najmah hopes to find her father and brother, who were conscripted by the Taliban, and she begins the perilous journey to cross the border into Pakistan. There, an American woman teaches refugee children "under the persimmon tree" in her garden.