Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire in India had several wives. His favorite was Mumtaz Mahal. She was always with him, traveling all over the Empire. When she died, Jahan was devastated. He designed and built a mausoleum to house her body. He called it the Taj Mahal. Find out more about this amazing monument and surprise your friends with these fun facts in this 15-minute book. Reading Level: 6.9
This novel follows a day in the life of a British Bangladeshi family. It is meant to be a day of celebrating Eid al-Adha, the Islamic holy festival of sacrifice. However, as the pressures mount, it proves to be a day when the strains within the repressed family put it on the brink. The novel is a look at patriarchal repression and Bangladeshi-British society.