by Frances Temple
Hamila and Atiyah have been betrothed since birth, as tradition dictates in their nomadic culture. When Atiyah is sent to Fez to school so he can learn and better their tribe, Hamila is left behind. But when a freak sandstorm separates her from the rest, and leaves her alone in the harsh desert, she relies on the kindness of a neighboring tribe for survival. When the cost of their hospitality becomes her hand in marriage, Hamila is left to desperately hope for an escape.
Temple's book is a fast paced, quick read for tweens. The characters are engaging and well written, and the story is excellent. The book is loosely tied to The Ramsay Scallop, another marvelous book by the author. Both are rooted in historical fact and definitely appealing to younger and older tweens.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Level: 4th Grade