Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pakistan Independence Day

On this day in 1947, Pakistan became a country. To celebrate, here are some books that take place in Pakistan!


Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa. Lenny is a young Parsee child living in Lahore when Partition and Independence happen and her life comes crashing down. She doesn't understand the events around her, so readers may need to look some thing up. It's a deeply layered tragic story that older teens should read.

An Infidel in Paradise S. J. Laidlaw. The daughter of a diplomat, Emma's used to moving from country to country, but Pakistan is the worst. Her parents have recently divorced, her mom's always at work, and she feels trapped in the diplomatic compound. But while Emma's wrapped up in her own drama, political tensions are mounting outside the compound walls.

Broken Moon by Kim Antieau. When Nadira's brother is kidnapped to be a camel jockey in the desert, she disguises herself as a boy. Then, she uses her storytelling skills to survive, infiltrate the camel-racing world, and tries to find and rescue him.


Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo, translated from the Italian by Ann Leonari. Based on a true story, Iqbal is sold into slavery in a carpet factory. Once there, he explains the realities of what's going on to the other children and fights for a better life.

Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci. After a town is infected with a mysterious flu, it's discovered that someone has infected the water supply. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, a young hacker discovers the chatter about the virus, and works to warn everyone while he can. Check out the sequel, Fire Will Fall.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples. Shabanu's family are desert nomads. She has an older sister and no brothers and has been allowed more freedoms than most girls in her community. But when her older sister's marriage prospects are ruined, it's up to Shabanu to uphold her family's honor--and throw away all her dreams. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Haveli.

Surely there are other Pakistan books out there! Which ones am I missing?

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