Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Amal Unbound

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...

Details Amal Unbound

TitleAmal Unbound
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherNancy Paulsen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Amal Unbound

  • Lola
    If everyone decided nothing could change, nothing ever would. There’s no denying that this is an important book.There’s no denying that the world is a better place with stories like this one being told. This is the sort of book that I could see myself throwing at people because I certainly want a higher amount of the world population to understand how essential education is in a girl’s life. I want us all to stop taking it for granted. Just...
  • Zainab
    Finally! A book that's set in Pakistan! I got real excited when I got my hands on this one. I just wish there were a bit more details of Pakistan but since that's not the main topic, it's quite understandable.It's quite a short, fun read so I really recommend it.Just look at the cover. It's so pretty.
  • Kelli
    This middle grade story shines a light on so many issues that are worlds away from life in our cozy little suburb. The focus on education (and what others go through to have the privilege of attending a class) was fodder for some important conversations in my house. The strong, intelligent female main character was well drawn and seemed, as required by circumstance, older and wiser than her years. My daughter is a bit of a reluctant reader. She w...
  • Rincey
    Probably closer to being 3.5 stars for the fact that it is extremely idealisticSee me talk about it briefly in my May wrap up:
  • may ❀
    this book was so inspirational 😭😭😭
  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    The book cover is a piece of art, and this book is written for a younger audience, like kids between 9 and 13. I think Aisha Saeed's books should be put into every school curriculum.In Pakistan, Amal holds on to her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.The book as the previous one Aisha Saeed wrote burned me. I felt angry and I wanted to enter the bo...
  • Anum Shaharyar
    Malala Yousafzai, a globally-recognised Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, has inspired countless discussions, panels and articles. She now inspires Aisha Saeed’s latest novel, Amal Unbound.However, while Yousafzai has spoken at international forums and been interviewed by multiple famous personalities, Saeed’s protagonist achieves none of that level of fame. That, explains Saeed, is precisely why s...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received a copy of Amal Unbound from the UK distributor. I’ve been anticipating this book for AGES! Especially because of its beautiful cover. Seriously, Amal Unbound‘s cover is one of my top favourite covers of 2018. What do you think of it?It’s #ownvoices for Pakistani rep.__I loved this book. It’s an empowering read, and I think children can learn a lot about indent...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to Penguin Kids for this review copy!Hands-down the middle grade book of spring 2018. An eye-opening and riveting story, inspiring and cliff hanger chapter endings and accessible text make this a required read aloud for grades 4 and up. The author's note is fabulous and not to be missed.
  • Lata
    While not as horrifying as it could be, this story of a girl forced into indentured servitude by a local rich man (and bully), is disturbing. One small mistake, and Amal is taken from her family (her father owes the rich man money and Amal is taken to pay for this) and brought to the man’s home to work as a servant. What saves this from being horrifying is thankfully Amal’s story does not involve rape, though I imagine that is a daily risk fo...
  • Connor
    My Video Review:
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I read this in one sitting and it was honestly one of the best middle grade books I've ever read. It's absolutely phenomenal and heart-wrenching.
  • Rajiv
    I just finished reading this gem of a book in one sitting, and am writing this review while the story is still fresh in my mind.The book takes inspiration from Malala Yousafzai’s life. The story deals with the harsh realities that we still face in countries like India and Pakistan. Being an Indian, I know that there are still many rural areas where these sort of incidents do occur. Families wish to have only boys to avoid spending on dowry, car...
  • Chelsea
    Amal Unbound is the best middle grade novel I have ever read. Though this is aimed at a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed this as an adult. Just like Saeed's young adult novel Written in the Stars, the author managed to write a sad story that was nonetheless hopeful, heartwarming and important. The author's note is beautiful and stresses why Saeed chose to write a book about indentured servitude. The Pakistani representation is #OwnVoices. I...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    In the small farming province of Nabay Chak, Amal is an inquisitive young lady with a penchant for knowledge. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Amal is an intelligent and inspirational young lady, the eldest daughter who is reluctantly coerced to abandon her education, her mother overcome by postpartum depression.Amal appreciates her education, acknowledging the ideology...
  • Pauline
    It is so wonderful to see diverse books that reveal to readers the stories of children and teens so very different from their own. It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century that in some countries of the world the lives of men, women and children are still controlled by the powerful landowners of an area. Amal is a clever girl living in Pakistan but life is difficult for her, especially when her mother gives birth to yet another daughter...
  • ilsa ➹
    im just trying to make up my mind about this because whilst I loved the incredibly powerful messages in here...I feel like these messages were then contradicted at the end of the story and uh, call me a pessimist, but the ending felt too hopeful for such an emotional, realistic story. if the end of this book was different or more sad and hard-hitting, I can firmly say that the rating would be higher. The casual setting of Pakistan in here felt re...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    4.5 stars.......A story honoring brave girls everywhere.This riveting story of a brave girl adapting to and affecting change in her circumstances is an inspiring story for all middle grade students and adults alike, and it serves as an introduction to the topic of indentured servitude as we experience forced labor through Amal’s circumstances. Nothing accomplishes building compassion and promoting understanding better than quality literature. O...
  • Julie Kirchner
    This book was an absolute heart wrenching story if you consider the pieces that are based in reality around our world. Amal is a Pakistani young girl who just wants to get an education and share her knowledge as a teacher. Her mother has a baby and while suffering from what appears to be postpartum depression, Amal is kept home to care for the family and help run the house. In a trip to the market, two impulsive actions lead to her indentured ser...
  • Critterbee❇
    Realistic contemporary novel set in a small village in Pakistan, from the point of view of Amal. Amal is an admirable heroine, likable, smart, brave, forgiving and determined. After speaking back to the son a wealthy family, she is taken into servitude until her Father can repay his debts to the family. Cruel and unfair, especially for strong-willed, knowledge-hungry Amal, who slowly realizes that her freedom and possible future as a teacher has ...
  • Kayla Edwards
    This book released yesterday. It was waiting on my doorstep when I got home. I read it in just a few hours. Engrossing, wonderfully written - I couldn't put it down. I love Amal and my heart breaks for her. This would be a great fiction/non-fiction pairing for I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Beautiful story, highly recommended.
  • Yamile Méndez
    Superb!!! The first book that I read in one sitting in MONTHS!!!
  • Michelle Stimpson
    "Was it really a crime to borrow a book gathering dust? Wasn't it a bigger crime to have such an amazing library collection going unread?"Amal, a girl living in rural Pakistan, wants to be a teacher. But her dreams are dashed when she is forced into indentured servitude. Amal figures out there is more than one way to realize a dream. And sometimes you have to take your dreams into your own hands.I've always loved a girl protagonist who is an aspi...
  • Moneeza Rafiq
    I liked that the book brought up some important issues in the Pakistani rural areas, particularly the obstacles in girls' education. The writing was very simple, and considering that it's a children's book, it was well-done.
  • Books on Stereo
    Beautiful, important, and empowering.
  • Dana
    Amazing book! Amal, a young girl dealing with the emotional shock of giving up her education to care for her family, publicly disrespects a prominent member and landlord of her community. Her punishment is to become a servant in his home. Luckily for her, she becomes the maidservant to his mother, enabling her more freedoms than the other servants. Wow Amal waits for her dad to try and repay her family's mounting debt to their landlord, she learn...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusAmal loves to go to school and help out her teacher, unlike her friend Hafsa who gets miffed when class lets out late. Hafsa and Amal plan to leave their small town near Lahore and go to college some day, and Amal wants to be a teacher. However, when her mother has her fifth daughter, she falls into a depression and even with the help of the family housekeeper, Parvin, there is too much work to be down. Amal must stay hom...