Staples, Suzanne Fisher. The house of djinn.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

STAPLES, Suzanne Fisher. The house of djinn. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 207p. c2008. 978-0-374-39936-8. $16.95. JS

This is Staples's third novel about Shabanu's family in the tribal areas of Pakistan, following Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind and Haveli. It is actually more the story of Shabanu's daughter Mumtaz, who is now 15 years old, and it isn't necessary to have read the first two books to pick up the story here. Because Mumtaz's cousin Jameel, who is growing up in San Francisco, is also a main character, and since their families are hastily arranging a marriage between Mumtaz and Jameel, readers in the West will learn a great deal about the cultural divides between the tribal expectations in Pakistan and a skateboarding-loving American teenager. A djinn is a spirit, a ghost, and it is said that such a being inhabits their grandfather's home. Mumtaz is aware of the djinn, just as she is amazingly...

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