Amal Unbound

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Written by Aisha Saeed

The book cover art for Amal Unbound, of hands, decorated with henna, is amazing. That alone will draw readers. The story takes place in Pakistan. Amal is the oldest child who has hopes of becoming a teacher one day. She is forced to leave school when her mother has another baby and suffers from severe postpartum depression. When her father cannot repay a debt, Amal becomes an indentured servant to the village’s ruling family. Eventually she learns that the debt will never be able to be repaid, so she must make the best of her situation and maybe find her own solution to regain her freedom. This is a book with a powerful, important message.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Amal Unbound
Written by Aisha Saeed
Nancy Paulsen Books
226 pages
Release Date: 2018
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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