Well written with insightful information about a culture vastly different from Western ways of life…

This young-adult story is well written with insightful information about a culture vastly different from Western ways of life. But while the foreign culture is painted realistically, and there are many who protest it, the author also illustrates the love the kingdom’s citizens have for it and why so many stay. Maddie is quite idealistic, but that seems fitting for a 13-year-old, and if the journey is implausible, author Sanjyot P. Dunung does the necessary work to make it believable and even possible. Overall, Maddie & Sayara will be enjoyed by adolescent girls in particular, but also by adults interested in a close-up view of a different world as shared by a hopeful young girl. 

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