Broken Moon

Broken Moon[Reading] ➷ Broken Moon By Kim Antieau – I WILL NEVER HAVE A HUSBAND BUT I HAVE THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD YOUR BREATH ON MY CHEEK ON MY SCAR FELT LIKE THE BREATH OF ALLAH Nadira is spoiled goods Scars from a beating she received for a cr I WILL NEVER HAVE A HUSBAND BUT I HAVE THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD YOUR BREATH ON MY CHEEK ON MY SCAR FELT LIKE THE BREATH OF ALLAH Nadira is spoiled goods Scars from a beating she received for a crime that her older brother allegedly committed tell the world that she is worth less than nothing except to her little brother Umar who sees beauty in her scars and value in her But Umar is gone perhaps kidnapped or maybe sold All Nadira knows is that Umar has been taken into the desert to ride camels for rich sheiks He could be lost to her forever For Umar Nadira will risk everything So she disguises herself as a boy and searches out the men who took him They are not hard to find and soon she too is headed to the desert to be a camel jockey Life in the desert is brutal than Nadira imagined All she has to protect her and the boys she meets are a bit of chai tea some stories and the hope that she has enough of both to keep going until she finds Umar Broken Moon IS A SPELLBINDING LYRICAL TALE THAT WILL CAPTURE READERS HEARTS AND SOULS. In this short but powerful novel of contemporary Pakistan Nadira writes to her younger brother Umar telling the sad story of their family's downfall An older brother was accused of rape and Nadira was the victim of the family's revenge scarring her face and body; after her father died the family was dependent on cruel Uncle Rubel When Umar is missing Nadira is determined to find him She learns that small boys are often kidnapped or sold to be taken to the Gulf States to be used and often abused as camel jockeys Having no success she makes the dangerous decision to disguise herself as a boy so she can be taken to the camel camps and search for Umar The descriptions of life in the camps are horrific but Nadira as Ali Akbar forms the boys with her into a team to protect them against older boys The hopeful ending is perhaps unrealistic but satisfying within the context of the story An author's note detailing some facts about these child camel jockey's would have been a welcome addition This joins titles such as Sold by Patricia McCormick; Fattening Hut by Pat Lowery Collins; and Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan about young women struggling to survive despite the obstacles placed by a traditional culture What a great read I hope this kidnapping of boys to work with camels in the desert isn't really happening in this day and age but I'm afraid it probably is as this author wouldn't just invent something this detailed out of thin airNadira is a strong female character a survivor and I like the way the story of Scheherazade inspires her Highly recommended 45 StarsI could not put this book down The main character Nadira has such an engaging voice and I was always eager to know what happened next even before the main plot got moving With the main plot though things got uite tense and I was genuinely worried something horrible was about to happenWhich side note with that this book has a dark theme of sexual abuse running through it It never goes into detail but wow I hadn't expected the book to go there and it makes it even worse because this really happens in the middle eastI love the character of Nadira Her past and the scars it left have led her to view life differently from others in her culture and I love how resourceful she wasMy only wish is that this book was longer The ending seemed a little abrupt but I think that's mostly because I wasn't wanting the story to end mostly being the keyword and further thoughts on this can be found in the spoiler section below I want to continue to follow Nadira on her adventures and just see her meet the challenges of lifeIf you can't tell I loved this book P If you're on the fence about reading it give it a try It showed me a part of the world I knew nothing aboutSPOILERS BELOWJust a uick thought I had I think the ending feels abrupt because the focus of the book is on finding her brother However the climax isn't when she finds her brother but when she has to win her freedom I don't mind the shift as a lot of times in stories the character finds what they need is something different than what they were seeking but Her winning her brother's freedom felt too easy I never was worried about her losing the race as she had proved she was better than everyone else with the camels So I'm not sure how to fix the ending but there needs to be something to findingfreeing her brother and then the true climax of her winning her freedom can follow By night a weaver of tales by day a scarred scared young womenAs 18 year old Nadira writes home to her little brother Umar she slowly reveals through her letters and stories her sadness at her unmarriageable status due to scars inside and out The most prominent a half moon scar on her face left by an assault allowed by Pakistani traditions as revenge for her brother’s alleged assault on a rival family’s daughterWhen her brother goes missing Nadira is convinced her cruel Uncle Rueben has sold him to the camel riders as an illegal child jockey Feeling she has nothing to lose Nadira dresses as a boy and sells herself to the camel riders hoping they will take her to the same camp as Umar Instead she is taken to an desert camp where bullies gradually wearing down the new boys spirits During the day Nadira trains for the races and takes care of the camels with the other boys hoping to go to a race and find her brother At night she resourcefully tries to protect her little group from the bullies In a final attempt to stop them from being attacked Nadira makes an offer of peace with masala chai and stories from the Arabian NightsAs her friendship with the bullies and her usefulness to the camel riders grows Nadira begins to come to terms with herself and learns that even emotional scars can begin to healAntieau's breathtaking story of loss determination and the power of tales can not fail to leave readers moved Narrated through letters to her brother the past and present are skillful woven together with the life and the traditions of Pakistan highlighting the hideousness of child slavery and assault In the book Broken Moon written by Kim Antieau there were many issues discussed and shown throughout the book The Pakistan region shown by the book is filled with plenty of different difficulties and problems that are faced every single day and will always come back whether or not you deal with them The issue that I saw and learned from was gender discrimination mainly against women in the Pakistan region What I learned is that humans are discriminated way too much and it can vary from color to gender to religion to style and much Three reasons this is evident in the book is that it describes the way the men treat the women in the main character's village whose name is Nadira The men treat the women as dumb clueless beings who don't need to know anything except for serving and cooking making them the household maids and basically having them just to do physical work The women also don't get treated respectively as they are beaten and punished if they do anything wrong as well as having no mercy on them because men believe that women have no value Lastly the lack of rights for women is very obvious and they can't have any say on basically anything This supports what I learned because it shows that gender discrimination is a thing and that it isn't a myth a legend or a conspiracy People deal with it every day and unless we help them it will just get worse and worse I liked this book I'm all about the uick reads and this book was one of them I know the story was fictional but it hinted to the fact that it was based on realistic happenings This story tells of a girl who's young brother is kidnapped and sold to camel trainers in the middle east She narrates her tale of self discovery and gives the reader a glimpse into the world of camel races in the desert There are so many bad things happening around the world and it takes couragous people to do something about it This main character is one of those people The only thing I did not like about this book was that it was predictable It wrapped up nicely in the end and was therefore a little too fictional for me This was a wonderful YA book It tells the story of a teenage girl growing up in Pakistan and dealing with some very harsh circumstances The book manages to cover the issues of the extreme social ineualities for women in this culture the child slave trade and fundamentalist honor attacks on women If I taught a High School lit class I would definitely look into this book The other side of the story is the parallel that the plot has to the Shaharazad story The writing is very lyrical and emotionally powerful My only caveat is that the subject matter is not appropriate for some middle school age levels Nadira a Pakistani girl whose face is scarred from a brutal beating disguises herself as a boy to track down her kidnapped brother In the brutal camps where camels and boy jockeys train for races Nadira uses her wits and storytelling ability to survive and find a way to locate her brother and improve the lives of fellow camel jockeys She proves her worth is far than an unscarred face Despite its rather implausible resolution this is a fine coming of age story and an excellent tribute to Shahrazad This book was amazing A Pakastani girl named Nadira who was brutally beaten after her brother was accused of things goes out looking for her youngest brother Umar that was sold by her uncle She diguises herself as a boy and goes to the place where Umar was sold and becomes friends with the kids there Im the end she finds her brother while they race on the camels Nadira wins so she has one wish she goes to the bosses and begs them to set her and Umar free They do and so do the other kids There are some parts like the Shadow boy the stories the 2 boys surviving at the place This was a heart breaking an intersting story about a girl who is gang raped and scarred as punishment for her brother's alleged crime in Pakistan When her brother is taken at the age of six to be a camel jockey she goes undercover to find himI had never even heard of the camel jockey practice before It is horrible and interesting all at the same time This book reads very simply but teaches a lot

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  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Broken Moon
  • Kim Antieau
  • English
  • 10 January 2015
  • 9781416917670