The Newbery Honor winner about a heroic Pakistani girl that"The Boston Globe"called Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force. 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 honor or listen to the stirrings of her own heart? A New York Times Notable Book Staples has accomplished a small miracle in her touching and powerful story. "The New York Times"