Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound

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"Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal--especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.
Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2018
ISBN: 9780399544682
Branch Call Number: J SAE
Characteristics: 226 p. ;,22 cm


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Jan 08, 2019

The cover of this book speaks volumes. Amal's story is at times heartbreaking and inspiring. Despite being forced into indentured servitude, she does not give up. The despair one might feel in such circumstances could be paralyzing, but Amal has had dreams of college and a career as a teacher. Even though those dreams seem to be crushed, she still finds ways to make the lives of those around her better. You can't help rooting for her and being so impressed by the things she accomplishes even while she is trapped by the feudal system that still exists in her village.

My sister-in-law has been reading this book to her 4th grade class. I know many other classes would be changed and enlightened by this book. Highly recommended!

OPL_AmyW Aug 29, 2018

Amal, a 12 year old Pakistani girl, dreams of finishing school and becoming a teacher one day, despite the obstacles in her path. After insulting a dangerous, wealthy landowner, Amal is forced to work for him as an indentured servant and fears she will never be able to return home or accomplish her dreams. Amal's ability to read, a rarity among Pakistani girls of limited means, may allow her save herself and even her entire village, if she is brave enough to tell the truth about the murderous landlord. Will Amal risk her life and her entire family for a chance to be free?

OPL_KrisC Apr 26, 2018

This is a heart-wrenching and compelling story of a young Pakistani girl who insults the wrong person in her village and is then forced serve that person's family. It kept my attention from the beginning to the very end. The cover is gorgeous and I found this a pretty quick read.

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OPL_KrisC Apr 26, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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