author · Suzanne Fisher Staples
type of work · Novel
genre · Young adult novel, problem novel
language · English
time and place written · Mid-1980s;Washington, D.C.
date of first publication · 1989
publisher · Knopf
narrator · Shabanu
point of view · Shabanu, the protagonist, narrates the story. She objectively reports only what she observes, but she shares her insights, ideas, and inferences about events and characters.
tone · Shabanu speaks in a clear and simple voice. Her point of view reflects that she is a teenager, struggling to make sense out of the world around her and her changing role in it. She presents her story sequentially, filling in details of the past where needed.
tense · Shabanu speaks in the simple present, lapsing into the past only to explain events to the audience.
setting (time) · 1970s or 1980s
setting (place) · Cholistan Desert, in Pakistan, near the border with India
protagonist · Shabanu
major conflict · S...