By Maclean, Glynne
Asha! Are you there? It's Katin! Asha? The only answers were a squawk from a startled chicken and the distant cry of seagulls. No face appeared at any of the narrow windows. There was no answering call from Asha. Not even a whisper on the breeze ...The port city of Suq, on the is...land of Socotra, is a bustling centre of sea-going trade in the days of the Byzantine Empire - a crossroads where races and cultures meet. It is also the home of Katin Alexis, from a family of Greek fisherfolk, and her best friend Asha Patel, the daughter of a struggling Indian trader. The girls are best friends, so why has Asha disappeared without a word to her? And why is Katin's father whispering in the night about Asha and her brother being sent to Alexandria to work as slaves? It seems that Katin cannot get the truth from anyone. And time may be running out for Asha ...Read more
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Glynne MacLean has written several novels for young people, including Roivan, a sci-fi novel for young teenagers that won the 2003 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent as well as being a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards Best Novel category. It was also listed as a NZ Listener Best Book of 2003 and made the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand List of Notable Books in 2004.
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