Fourteen-year-old Razaq Khan lives in the Pakistani tribal area of Kala Dhaka, Black Mountain. When an earthquake devastates his family home, Razaq’s dying father tells him to travel to his uncle Javaid. A man preying on orphans lures Razaq to the city with the promise of finding his uncle. But it is not long before Razaq realizes he has not been helped at all—he has been sold into slavery. Losing hope while in captivity, Razaq meets Tahira, a young girl suffering just like him. Razaq feels a surge of something new–love. Author Rosanne Hawke delivers a heart-wrenching story about friendship and sacrifice and the power of the human spirit, a mountain wolf’s spirit, to overcome sexual exploitation, the most harrowing of circumstances.
“The story maintains a pace that reluctant readers can easily follow. Readers will gain new insight of slavery and prostitution through the eyes of a child...Novice readers will enjoy the exploration of how social and religious practices shape Pakistan's way of life.” —Library Media Connection
“The author has written a beautiful book about family, trust, and the most negative aspects of humanity…” —TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee
About the Author: Rosanne Hawke is an award-winning Australian author. She has written more than twenty books for young people. Many of her books have been shortlisted or named as Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards. Rosanne has been a teacher and, for almost ten years, was an aid worker in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.