A Novel

Book - 2005
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When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there.
This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2005, c2003
Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed
ISBN: 9781416903291
Branch Call Number: J DAD
Characteristics: vi, 120 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lenori, Ann


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Sep 24, 2018

At 120 pages, this book is very short. I wanted the story to be longer and more detailed. However, this account based on the life of Iqbal Masih (it's told through the eyes of a girl named Fatima) is very inspiring and tells a story of hope.

Dec 30, 2016

It was really good, but it was very sad.

Aug 18, 2016

I loved this book because of all the emotion it had. In some parts it was really sad though. It was very exciting to see how they would escape! This book also teaches a lot about child labor in a fantastic story. I recommend this book to everyone!

Jul 12, 2016

I love the story of Iqbal because the problem that's in the book is very relatable and the problem does not take long to find out

Mar 11, 2015

This is an wonderful fictionalized account of the life of 12-year old Iqbal Masih, who was sold into slavery at the age of 4 and later escaped and began to advocate for children's rights in Pakistan.
Iqbal is the boy whose story inspired Marc Kielburger when he was just a child and led to him founding the Free the Children Organisation and later the We Day initiative.
The book is true to Iqbal's life (so the ending is sad) but the portrait of the life of a child slave labourer in a carpet factory is compelling and fascinating. The subject matter and literary language make this book better for grade 5-6 children rather than younger student.

Aug 24, 2012

Concise but without missing anything. This novel is perfect for children or adults, and does an excellent job bringing the reader into the life of Iqbal. Must read!!

Jan 20, 2012

It is quite exciting that Iqubal saves other workers even though he is not an adult. I will say that this book is really good.

May 01, 2011

I loved this book. my class did it for a novel study and everyone was
inspired. the worst part is that it is
a true story. :(

OMG! This story is the best book ever. It has happy, sad and HOPe! It was the most beautiful book I have ever read.

Aug 05, 2010

An excellent short novel about children involved in the carpet trade in Pakistan. Very satisfying.

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Sep 24, 2018

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

May 06, 2014

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Oct 23, 2012

Iqbal is sold by his parents to a carpet factory where he is chained to a loom for most of the day, let off only to sleep in a dark shed with other child workers. Eventually he revolts and tries to attract attention to the plight of child carpet weavers. Based on a real boy who advocated for reform of child labor practices and who was later run down by a car.


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