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The House of Djinn [Hardcover]

Suzanne Fisher Staples
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April 2008
Mumtaz, daughter of Shabanu, has lived with her father's traditional Muslim family for 10 years, enduring the scorn of her auntie Leyla day in and day out. Her only protectors are her uncle Omar and Baba, patriarch of the Amirzai tribe, but even they would disown her if they knew she had a crush on a Hindu boy. The only person Mumtaz can confide in is her cousin Jameel. Unfortunately, Jameel lives with his parents in California and he's been out of touch since he fell in love with a Jewish girl. 

When Baba dies unexpectedly, Mumtaz's world is thrown into chaos. Without Baba keeping order in the tribe, Mumtaz and Jameel find themselves thrust together in the middle of an ongoing power struggle—the same one that sent Shabanu into hiding a decade earlier.

A compelling conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Newbery Honor Book Shabanu and continued in Haveli,The House of Djinn explores the delicate balance between freedom and tradition in modern-day Pakistan.
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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399368
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,908,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected and thought provoking conclusion 2 Dec 2009
In this third book of the trilogy (Daughter of the Wind; Under the Same Stars; The House of Djinn) Fisher Staples continues to write beautifully about the lives of women in tribal Islamic society.

Shabanu lives a half life in the summer pavillion on the roof of a haveli, ten years after staging her own death to save the life of her child Mumtaz. Mumtaz is now 15 and her only relief from life with her half sister Layla who treats her as a servant, insists on being called Auntie and tormets Mumtaz as Layla's mother Amina did Shabanu, is when her cousin Jameel returns from San Francisco to spend the summer in Lahore. But then secrets begin to unravel, Jameel's beloved grandfather Baba dies and Nazir, who killed his own brother Rahim, (the tribal leader, Shabanu's husband and Mumtaz's father) moves to take control of the tribe. There is a real strength in there not being a westernised conventional happy ever after, instead, the conclusions really make you think about what it means to act as an adult and about the quality of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finishing a trilogy 6 April 2014
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The 3rd and final episode which started with Shabanu and Haveli. I chanced upon Shabanu and had to read Haveli to fnd out more, so when I realised there was one final book, it seemed silly not to finish the story. Unfortunatel it doesn't quite live up to the other two. It's now 10 years since the last book, and Mumtaz, Shabanu's daughter is a young woman. This follows her story as her beloved grandfather Baba dies, leaving succession of the family lands at risk. Unfortunately for me , it spends too long recapping the other stories, rather than progressing this one. It could therefore be read as a standalone. I'm glad to have finished the story and would thoroughly recommend both the author and this series. An unsung gem, albeit Shabanu did wint he Newbery medal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its predecessors 7 May 2010
By Amie-June Brumble - Published on
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When reading this book, I felt as if its relation to the first book in the trilogy (the Newberry Award-winning "Shabanu") was something like the relationship of "Scarlett" to "Gone With the Wind." Whereas the first two (wonderful!) books focus on Shabanu and the intricacies of life in Pakistan and Pakistani society, "The House of Djinn" bounces its focus to Mumtaz and the heretofore unknown Jameel, while Shabanu herself appears barely twice. While the first two books are rich with detail on the landscape, cities, rituals, and intrigue, this book jumps clumsily from scene to scene, name-dropping skateboard tricks.

I remember being left on the edge of my seat when "Haveli" ended, and after growing impatient with years of waiting for a resolution, visiting the author's website and discovering that she had never planned to write a third book at all. This felt akin to Tolkien's simply ending his books at the Two Towers with "Frodo was alive, and taken by the enemy." I was horrified. I couldn't have been happier when she decided to write this book to resolve those missing questions. Alas, the book is so rushed and thin on detail that it's almost as if it was written by someone else. It does NOT read like the grandchild of the Newberry Award-winning "Shabanu." I didn't connect with a single character in the book, even the ones I'd liked before. I'm bitterly disappointed...she resolved the issues only technically, as if saying "here's your book, now leave me alone."

A final thought: this is the fourth book I've read by Suzanne Fisher Staples, and I've come to notice that every single one of them (the Shabanu trilogy and "Shiva's Fire") seem to end right in the middle of the climax. While open endings are appropriate for some stories, after a while it starts to feel lazy. Finishing her books with no sense of closure is jarring.

Enjoy "Shabanu" and "Haveli," but stop there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disappointing.... 22 Dec 2008
By Dalchini Raichand - Published on
I first read the two previous books in the series several times. I was excited when i heard that the final book was being released some years later. This book isnt really up to level as the other books. It struck me as a bit strange and left me thinking if the same writer wrote "Haveli" and "Shabanu". This book leaves as much unfinished as the second ending, and is just disappointing and more childish than the other two books. You would have thought that the book would have come to some conclusion. It is all entertaining, i suppose, until u meet the end, which leaves you extremely disappointed. The real story ends at Haveli. This is no where on the level of the other two. If you are REALLY curious about what happens read it. This tarnishes the characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but just not up to par. 31 July 2008
By Nani Sheats - Published on
I read the first two books in this series several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. When I purchased this book I reread the first two books to refresh my memory of the story, then immediately went on to read this one. While the story itself was good, I was highly disappointed in how this book matched the first two. There were several discrepancies between the first two books and this; glaring mistakes, particularly about deaths, that left me wondering if Suzanne Fisher Staples had written this book without reviewing her prior works. I was also disappointed in the style of writing - despite being intended for young adults, I, now in my mid-20s, still enjoyed the first two books and felt drawn into them. This third book felt written by a much less experienced writer; someone who'd not yet written a great book and thus had no idea of what a great book could contain. Don't get me wrong - if you read the first two books, by all means read this one as well. Just don't be surprised if you're left feeling disappointed and empty at the end.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Important 28 Feb 2014
By Nicole J. Rademan - Published on
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This is the third book in this trilogy. It's story about life in Pakistan as a young girl in a traditional household is disturbing with undertones of hope for the future. It's not an easy read but is well worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The House of Djinn 17 Jan 2014
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Beautiful. Shabanu, Haveli, and now The House of Djinn. Absolutely beautiful. Each one transports you. I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it straight through. Strongly recommend this book.
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