Off the Shelf 0708-12
By Kim Antieau
Pakistan is in the news these days. For most Americans, it has become a country of unknowns and, in some cases, undesired practices. Broken Moon uncovers some of those cultural differences - exploring tribal rule, paternalistic authority, and surviving the desert environment. Readers are immediately drawn into Nadira's story as she struggles to maintain her dignity amidst a culture with little respect for young women. She is victimized and abused for an illegal act that her older brother allegedly committed. When her younger brother (to whom she is truly devoted) is kidnapped to race camels, Nadira is devastated and seeks to rescue him.
Antieau's writing is free-flowing and engaging. She sets much of the story as letters that Nadira writes to her younger brother, which reveal personal emotions and thoughts in both relationships and adventures. The author also employs the Persian fable of Scheherazade, a young girl who persuaded the King to spare her life by creating anticipation in her storytelling. When Nadira needs to manipulate the bullies in the desert, she effectively draws upon her own storytelling.
There are many layers to discover in this relatively short book - it will be one to re-read and capture new nuances and discoveries!
My recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist