Told over two books - the second book, The Leopard Princess out in October 2016. Daughter of Nomads contains a sample chapter from The Leopard Princess. First moon of summer, 1662: On the edge of the Mughal Empire, fourteen-year-old Jahani lives with her mother in the village of Sherwan. Surrounded by the majestic snow-topped mountains, her life is happy but simple; Jahani enjoys spending time with her best friend Sameela who is about to be married. So why is Jahani plagued by dreams of fire and a child who has lost her mother? And why does she feel like she doesn't belong? After Jahani and Sameela are attacked in the bazaar, Jahani discovers all is not as it seems. Before long, Jahani is fleeing on a warhorse with the mysterious protector Azhar. Surrounded by deceit and danger, Jahani does not know who to trust as Azhar leads her higher north over treacherous terrain towards the fabled Qurraqoram Mountains. But when they reach their destination, will Jahani find out the truth and be in control of her own destiny?
About the Author
Rosanne Hawke is a South Australian author of over twenty books for children and young adults. As a child Rosanne Hawke pretended to be a writer and buried snippets of stories in tins on her farm. She was born in Penola but grew up in central Queensland, Australia and often played by herself, making up stories with herself as the superhero. Later, Rosanne used storytelling in the classroom and told stories to her own children. Her daughter Lenore asked her to write one of them for her. Rosanne and her family were living in Pakistan and the Middle East as aid workers for ten years; they made friends, went to weddings, experienced an earthquake and had many adventures in the mountains and bazaars, which ended up in her books. Now Rosanne lives near Kapunda, the oldest mining town in Australia in an old Cornish farmhouse with underground rooms. She is a Cornish Bard and teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide.
Rosanne's interests include cultures, faith, relationships, family, history, country, mystery, music and all things Cornish. She often writes about young people at a point of displacement, whether it be moving between countries, from the city to a rural area (Zenna Dare), or facing a change in their circumstances (The Messenger Bird). She is also interested in giving a story or 'voice' to voiceless children, e.g. those living in a war zone (Shahana: Through my Eyes), trafficking (Mountain Wolf) or a forced marriage (Marrying Ameera). Rosanne calls her work faith-informed just as the many experiences she's had also inform her work.
Many of her books have been shortlisted or deemed Notable in major Australian awards. Taj and the Great Camel Trek won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature; The Messenger Bird won the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA and Children's Literature, plus the inaugural Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup.
Series: Tales of Jahani
For Ages: 10+ years old
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th June 2016
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1