Shahana: Through My Eyes

Rosanne Hawke, edited by Lyn White
AUD $16.99
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A moving story of one child's life in a conflict zone: Shahana, a young girl living in war-torn Kashmir.

'Open your eyes. We will not hurt you.'

The boy quietens; his eyes open.

'Where are you from?'

The boy stares at them both; then says, 'Who will you tell?'


Shahana lives alone with her young brother in the shadow of the Line of Control, the border patrolled by Pakistani and Indian soldiers that divides Kashmir in two. Life is hard, but Shahana ekes out a living with her beautiful embroidery. Then she finds a boy lying unconscious near the border. Zahid is from across the Line of Control, and Shahana takes a terrible risk by sheltering him. But how can she give Zahid up to the authorities when she knows he'll be imprisoned - or worse?

An unforgettable novel about one young girl in war-torn Kashmir.

Author bio:

Rosanne Hawke lives in rural South Australia. Many of her 20 books have been shortlisted or notable in Australian awards, and Taj and the Great Camel Trek was the winner of a 2012 Adelaide Festival award. For ten years Rosanne was an aidworker and teacher in Pakistan and the Middle East. She is a Carclew, Asialink, Varuna, and May Gibbs Fellow, and a Bard of Cornwall. Rosanne enjoys writing adventures and mysteries about history, culture, relationships, music and cats. She lectures in Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide.

Lyn White has been a primary school teacher-librarian and EAL teacher for more than twenty years. She completed postgraduate studies in Editing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and is passionate about engaging students with quality texts and teachers with quality resources. She is a part-time teacher at Blackburn English Language School and a pre-service supervisor with Deakin University.

Category: Children's fiction
ISBN: 9781743312469
Awards: Short-listed Young Australians Best Book Awards - Fiction for Years 7-9 2015 AU; Short-listed Educational Publishing Awards Australia - Student Resource (Junior) 2015 AU; Longlisted CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers 2014 AU; Commended Children's Peace Literature Award 2013 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: June 2013
Page Extent: 216
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 11 - 14
Subject: Children's fiction

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