Secrets of the Henna Girl

(2 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Puffin

Seba leaves rainy England for a holiday in her parents' homeland of Pakistan - but the atmosphere is tense in her uncle's house, especially when cousin Asif is around. When her parents announce Seba's engagement to Asif, only her grandmother, Nannyma, supports Seba's refusal to marry her soldier cousin. 'It is my honour and your honour to accept,' insists her father.

When her only friend in the rural village dies in childbirth, Seba contacts the Forced Marriage Unit but there are only a few days left before her wedding ceremony...

A powerful story about the pressures on an ambitious British teenager who finds her  future under threat. Tragedy and heartbreak battle it out against Seba's sense of duty and loyalty in a thought-provoking contemporary tale.

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