Malak: Desert Child is the second book in the continuing story of Masuhun (Moon) and his friends, and deals with how they tried to help Malak, a pupil at the local school, and her family, and finished up being pursued by desert armies in the Sahara desert. Malak is a stunning evocation of North Africa and its encounter with Western civilization seen through the relationship between Pete, fleeing to Morocco to escape his mental demons by seeking solace in a pre-modern world, and a family who in escaping from their violent, drunken father to the Algerian Sahara, experience other problems and persecution.
“Young adult novels do not always open the minds of readers, however,
Malak Daughter of the Desert is the exception to the rule and should not go unnoticed.”
– Timothy Arden.