Nomination: Rebel of the Sands

9780451477538Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. 314p. Penguin/Viking Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (978-0-451-47753-8). Gr. 9-up.

Though gifted with a gun, orphan Amani is destined to wind up dead or wed in her dying desert town where females live with cruel and even fatal injustice daily. When she meets Jin, a foreigner, she finds herself on the run from the Sultan’s soldiers, joining a rebellion, and discovering the depth of her power.

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