Amal Unbound

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By Aisha Saeed
Publisher Penguin
Amal Unbound
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Aisha Saeeds middlegrade debut tells the compelling story of a girls fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude. Life is quiet and ordinary in Amals Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, shes busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed whenas the eldest daughtershe must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesnt lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happensafter an accidental runin with the son of her villages corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his familys servant to pay off her own familys debt. Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amalespecially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amals 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.

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38567 words38,567 words
288 pages288 pages
Lexile HL600LLexile HL600L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Age 10-14Age 10-14
Published 2018Published 2018

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