IN THE LIBYAN CITY of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father
depart on one of his caravan expeditions. She too yearns to travel
to distant cities, and longs to learn to read like her younger
brother. But nearly 12 years old, and soon to be of marriagable
age, Malika knows that--like all Muslim women--she must be content
with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger
enters her home . . . someone who disrupts the traditional order of
things--and who affects Malika in unexpected ways.
"I was enchanted by this story of a brave Berber girl who dares to
dream and its filigree of details about harem life, ancient trade
routes, goddesses and healers. The real beauty of "The Shadows of
Ghadames" is that it transcends the exotic to explore universal
truths about the condition of being human."--Suzanne Fisher
Staples, author of Newbery Honor Book,
"Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind"
"From the Hardcover edition."
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