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Amal Unbound

por Aisha Saeed

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:"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 achi
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This is a wonderful, small story about a young girl growing into herself. Amal is a strong character, but not a perfect one. She has questions; she makes mistakes; she has a lot to learn. All of that makes her more realtable and believeable. This book has a lot to say about classism, education, and justice. ( )
  Library_Guard | Jun 17, 2024 |
Representation: Asian characters
Trigger warnings: Slavery, physical injury, blood depiction, sexism, depression, death, arson and murder mentioned
Score: Seven points out of ten.
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I wanted to read this for a while but never got around till now. Soon enough, it was time to read Amal Unbound. I glanced at the blurb, making it seem like an intriguing, yet heavy read, despite being targeted for a younger audience. That aspect doesn't automatically cheapen a novel like this, as some can be hits. The ratings were high, so I headed in with high expectations. When I closed the final page, I enjoyed it, but I've read better.

It starts with the titular character, Amal, living in an impoverished neighbourhood in Pakistan, longing to be a teacher. The only problem is the society Amal lives in, as her family forced her to stay at home to care for the people there instead of going to school. I could understand that some communities are sexist since they are biased against women, which is sad to see on the pages. After the opening pages, Amal unexpectedly encounters the son of a landlord and has to work at the landlord's mansion as punishment. The middle of Amal Unbound is the saddest section to read as I must see Amal at the lowest point of her life: being a slave. However, the situation becomes less bleak from there, as Amal meets a minor character and plans to escape the mansion. For a narrative above 200 pages, it can get slow-paced at times, but that does not ruin my enjoyment. I liked all the protagonists, especially Amal, and I appreciate how the author wrote her so that I could connect and relate to her. The conclusion is satisfying as Amal exposes the antagonist's actions, causing his arrest and finishing Amal Unbound on a high note. ( )
  Law_Books600 | Mar 18, 2024 |
I loved this book. Can't wait to share it with my students. Perfect companion to I am Malala. ( )
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
This was solidly good. I think the first part of the story (the birth of Amal's new sister and Amal being forced to quit school) moved too slowly. I almost didn't finish the book, but once the main part of the story got going (Amal being forced to become a servant for a rich family) it was much more compelling. Still, for a story with a lot of dramatic elements, I felt it lacked a spark that could've taken it from good to great.

I would recommend this especially to kids interested in girls' rights around the world. It works as a read alike for [b:I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World|19161872|I Am Malala How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)|Malala Yousafzai|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1418768876s/19161872.jpg|52473571]. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
This was such a well told story--it had elements that made it feel almost like a classical fantasy while being rooted in something all too real world and all too important. I think the hardest part about shedding light on things that aren't particularly happy is generally that we read to be entertained more than to feel overwhelmed by the world, and Saeed really strikes that balance in creating an excellent, highly readable book that really does make readers more aware. Major kudos. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:"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 achi

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