Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Twelve-year-old Amal loves school and dreams of being a teacher someday. Her Pakistani village may be small, but it is vibrant and filled with wonder. One day at the market, Amal disrespects a man. She did not know he was a member of her village's ruling family...the very same family her father is indebted to.
As payment for her insult, Amal becomes an indentured servant in the Kahn household. As Amal tries to navigate the pecking order of working for the Kahns, she learns more about the ways in which the family maintains power. Amal must decide if she is brave enough to bring their crimes forward.
Just like Amal herself, Amal Unbound tackles a number of weighty topics with grace and determination. Life is not easy and neither are the choices that must be made. While Amal's situation is unique, the challenges she faces are not. It is only with unflinching bravery, despite her fears, that Amal finds a path forward through her ordeal.
Aisha Saeed has created a world of richly developed characters and has placed them in a village that feels like home.
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