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“12-year old Shabanu lives with her parents and sister in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan, where her father raises camels. She and her older sister, Phulan, are eagerly anticipating their upcoming marriages. However, their futures are drastically altered when an incident with a "Wealthy and...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“It was very depressing, i didn't really like it that much; I had a hard time wanting to read it and finish it”see full review » see other reviews »
“this is a fiction novel set in a desert in Pakistan. Its for ages 12 and up. The story is about Shabanu, a strong willed 12 year old girl. She has to sacrifice everything and be arranged to marry an older land lord because of some misfortune that befalls her family. I would tell teachers to offer this book to students because it goes in depth about the way the desert looks like and the culture. Its a great book that shows the hardships that other people around the world have to endure. ”zakia wrote this review Saturday, November 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“It was very depressing, i didn't really like it that much; I had a hard time wanting to read it and finish it”April wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ages: Young Adult (High School). Awards: Newbury Honor Book. Description: At an early age, she is forced to marry an older man for her family in Pakistan. She must decide to go with her family's wishes or risk the consequences of going against the culture. Realistic/Contemporary Fiction. Cross-curricular: Geography, Social Studies, History, culture, family traditions, etc. ”Natalie wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was bad and i didnt like it. whats up with the camels?”Awesome Annie! wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shabanu and her family live in a harsh but familiar desert in India, right on the outside Pakistan. She travels with her family as they try to survive the severe weather. Her family is her Mom, Dadi, older sister Phulan, Grandfather, Auntie and her two sons. The conflict is that Phulan, her older sister, is to be married off soon, and Shabanu is grieving her favorite camel that was sold to pay for Phulan's wedding. The Grandfather dies, and they cannot properly bury him as he wishes. They instead have to bury him among the dunes. The family travels to Hamir's family, who settled on a decent land. Hamir is the man Phulan is to be married to, and his family is lives with him, including Murad, the man Shabanu is descend to marry. They camp out in that area, until they run in to a wealthy and greedy landowner, who wanted Hamir's families land long ago. The landowner wants to "use" Phulan and Shabanu, and they flee to the family. The landowner always gets what he wants, and in haste, he goes after them. Most women of the family flee with Shabanu and Phulan, leaving two women behind with the men of the family. In disgust, Hamir, Phulan's husband-to-be goes to the landowner with revenge, only to die along with Phulan's marriage. Murad, Hamir's brother, is alive, and Phulan must marry him, as she is of age. Shabanu's marriage is then ruined, and must look ahead to her new marriage arrangement, the landowner's older brother who is over fifty years old in order to keep the deals that were made to keep peace with the landowner. Phulan gets married, and Shabanu melts in jealously. Shabanu and her family return to desert, and they begin to plan Shabanu's wedding. Shabanu attempts to solve her problems by hiding the signs of puberty-important for marriage dates- and eventually works up the courage to escape with her two camels and dog. One of the camels breaks his leg, and Shabanu is force to stop her escape. The Dad comes and finds her, and beats her, followed with holding her is his arms and crying. The theme of this book is always remember what you believe in, and don't lose sight of that, stay strong, even when you cannot control the things around you.
I didn't like this book because the ending seemed boring despite the "action". I didn't connected with any of the characters, so it made it more difficult to relate the plot of the story. It was a slow read, but it wasn't challenging. I found myself looking for an excuse to stop reading the book. I didn't like the end, because to me I didn't see any character development for Shabanu, the main character. She was always a strong willed girl getting in trouble for her opinions and beliefs, and still did at the end majorly. I would have liked to see different actions from her that showed that she was still strong, but was smarter. My favorite part was non-existent, and that is very different. I usually find myself telling everyone my latest read, but I had no desire to. I compare this book to any other, because most books I have read have a significant ending and character development, and this one didn't. Because one of the reason this book didn't appeal to me was because I couldn't relate to the characters, I couldn't compare this book or the characters to myself. I would not recommend this book to another student because it was not a favorite of mine, and I wouldn't wasn't someone reading a book that is not enjoyable. Usually I only recommend books that I think are fantastic. On a one to ten scale, ten being the best, I would rate this a two because of the poor ending and the poor character development. I wouldn't give this book a 1, because I always could have been worse. The ending was pretty bad because in Shabanu's mind, she was being stubborn and refusing, just as she was before. All this showed me was that Shabanu didn't learn from her mistakes and doings.
“ Shabanu is a book about a young girl. Life is hard for women in Pakistan. Shabanu always had to wear a head scarf and couldn’t do much. Soon she is coming of age, once the women come of age they are basically forced to get married. Shabanu’s sister has already came of age and has to marry Hamir. Phulan loves Hamir so much until bad things come and Hamir gets killed. A land lord named Nazir- Muhammad was about to force Phulan to marry him. Shabanu got nervous and threw water onto the group of landlords. Nazir- Muhammad got in a fight with Shabanu’s father, Hamir and other men. Hamir died and Phulan had to get married to Murad who was supposed to be Shabanu’s husband. Shabanu had not came to age at that point in time but they still had wedding plans for her. Shabanu now was forced to marry Rahim- Sahib who was a 50 year old man with many lives. Shabanu did nit want to throw her life away to some man that could be old enough to be his grandfather. Once Shabanu came to age she hid the fact that she had the ability to create babies. She hid that fact for a couple of months until her father found out and beat her with a large stick. Shabanu didn’t care what was going to happen, she new that there was nothing she could do to stop. In the end Shabanu decided that she will never let a man take charge of her life and does what she is told.
Personally I loved the book. I know a lot of people that liked it and a lot of people that hated it. It was confusing at some parts but you just have to read slower and pay very good attention. The only thing I didn’t like a bout the book Shabanu was that I felt like the author spent a lot of time adding detail to the non important parts. I also felt like she rushed thought the important parts like the climax and resolution, this made the book get a little boring but I still thought the book was a good read.
I would recommend this book to anyone that was willing to take a challenge at my age as a 6th grader, also the person I would recommend Shabanu to HAS to be mature. This book has many parts to it that you have to be mature about. If I were going to rate this book I would probably give it a 7 out of 10, with 10 being the best book and 1 being the worst. I would give it this rate because I thought it was a very interesting good book that could get boring at some times. For example I felt like the author added way to much detail to the part of when Shabanu is helping a camel give birth, and the author rushed through the part of when Hamir died. When Hamir dies it is very important because it changes the whole story I felt like that was the climax and when Shabanu helped the camel it didn’t relate to the story. That’s how I felt of this book.
“Shabanu is a book about a girl named Shabanu who lives in the Cholistan dessert. Life isn’t always easy for her. Shabanu is Muslim and in their culture lots of people get married at a really young age. Her sister Phulan is Going to get married really soon. But when a tragic death occurs, Will Shabanu have to give up her happy Marriage to help her sister? Shabanu has to get married to a man who is 40 years older than her. It’s not her decision. Just as you think it is not going to get any worse, Phulan and Shabanu encounter and strange and horrible visit with the landlord Nazir-Muhamid, this encounter could scar them for life. To not have to face this horrible fate, Shabanu runs away to go live with her her aunt and uncle, Sharma and Fatima. But Shabanu just has to except her fate and learn to live with it.
I didn’t really enjoy this book that much. Even though the book was very well thought out and descriptive, the story line was flat. It wasn’t really about just one thing and it was kind of confusing. The book was descriptive about parts that didn’t need to be, the little details, but the most important part, the conflict, was not explained in depth and was kind of confusing. The book didn’t really have one conflict it had multiple. The books ending wasn’t the best ending out there. I didn’t like the ending it was to boring and the book just suddenly came to a halt and just ended like that, out of nowhere. This was definitely not my favorite book.
I would recommend this book to people who like learning about Muslim culture. This book talks a lot of their culture. I also recommend this book to book groups because there are lots of things to discuss. I would recommend this book to ages 11+ because there is some suggestive dialogue and the book has some parts that would not be appropriate for 10 year olds and younger. That’s why I would recommend ages 11+. If u gave this book a star review then I would give it 2 stars, because even though I didn’t like the story line, the author used really good language to describe things and did a great gob putting in detail and imagery.
Shabanu is a girl who lives in the Cholistan Desert, Pakistan. She and her sister, Phulan are getting married to their far cousins, Humir and Murad. Shabanu is worried and happy, because she likes Murad but doesn't want to leave her parents and their camels. Finally when the it is time for Phulan's wedding, Humir gets killed. Everything is rearranged, Phulan is arranged to Murad and Shabanu is arranged to marry a 55 year old man who already has 3 wives and a couple children. Shabanu runs away to live with her aunt Sharma but ends up stuck in the desert where her father eventually finds her, beats her for running away, and then cries.
I liked this book because it is possible. It could happen and it is a problem today. This book confused me a bit because I didn't understand some of the pakistani words. Luckily there was a glossary in the back. It wasn't that hard to read but it wasn't' that easy. I didn't like the ending because it just left you in the middle of nowhere. My favorite part of the book was the part where she is in the market buying scarves for Phulan's wedding. This book reminds me of a movie I saw called Girl Rising. Girl Rising is a bunch of stories from real girls that live all around the world. In one story a girl got married at 9 and was a mother at 11!
I would recommend this book to girls because there are some topics that boys would not understand. I would give this book a 7 out of 10 because there were some topics that made me a little bit uncomfortable but I liked the characters. Also the plot was cool, although it was slow moving in the beginning.”
“Shabanu takes place in the Cholistan desert in Pakistan over around two years. The main character is an eleven year old girl named Shabanu. She lives with her sister, Phulan, and her mother, father, grandfather, aunt and cousins. Shabanu is a lucky girl. She has more freedom then most other Pakistani women. When Phulan's fiance dies, everything switches. Phulan marries Shabanu's fiance and Shabanu marries a fifty-five year old man named Rahim. Rahim will make Shabanu his sex slave. More and more terrible things happens. Bravery and courage are shown throughout the book.
At the beginning of Shabanu, it is very slow and a bit boring. But if you stick with it, Shabanu gets very interesting. It was confusing during the fight scene with the camels. I thought this book was believable because all of the events were reasonable. At times, the book was hard because they had lots of foreign words. Fortunately, in the back of Shabanu they have a glossary!
I would recommend Shabanu to mature middle schoolers because there are some inappropriate parts. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give Shabanu a 7 because of the slow beginning. Especially, I did not like, as I mentioned before, the camel fighting scene because it was very confusing.”