Amal Unbound

By: Aisha Saeed

This debut novel tells the compelling story of Amal’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude in Pakistan.

ISBN: 9780399544682

JLG Release: Jul 2018


Sensitive Areas: Violence

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This heart-wrenching yet hopeful contemporary novel about class, gender, and literacy features a narrator who takes great risks in the name of justice and self-determination. Amal lives with her family in a small village in Pakistan. She dreams of becoming a teacher, but as the eldest daughter, her education takes a backseat to familial responsibil This heart-wrenching yet hopeful contemporary novel about class, gender, and literacy features a narrator who takes great risks in the name of justice and self-determination. Amal lives with her family in a small village in Pakistan. She dreams of becoming a teacher, but as the eldest daughter, her education takes a backseat to familial responsibilities after her mother gives birth to another girl. (Following an argument with her father, Amal wonders, “If I were a son, would he so casually tell me to forget my dreams?”) When Amal is grazed by a car at the market and the stranger who emerges from it is rude to her, she stands up to him, with dire consequences. The man is Jawad Sahib, the son of the town’s villainous landlord. Enraged at Amal’s disrespect, he demands that Amal’s father pay back his debts, forcing Amal into indentured servitude. As Amal bonds with the other servants and tries to adjust to her new life, she learns more about the Sahib family’s history and gains knowledge that will implicate them in a crime. When she has an opportunity to expose the truth, she takes it. Short chapters and unadorned prose make the story accessible and direct, with Amal’s emotions, perspective, and strength anchoring the narrative. An author’s note asserts that Amal represents real women and girls who fight injustice across the globe, often without recognition. elisa gall

Book Details

ISBN

9780399544682

First Release

July 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level HL600L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Nancy Paulsen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence

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