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 co...

Details Amal Unbound

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

Reviews Amal Unbound

  • Lola Reviewer
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Chelsea
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • ❇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 ...
  • Kristen Picone
    Amal loves learning, knows that freedom lies within the pages of books, and dreams of being a teacher. Those dreams are dashed when a run-in with the village’s most powerful landlord lands her confined to indentured servitude at his family’s estate. Amal hopes to return to her family one day, but the chances of that become slim as she learns of just how much power the Khan family has. How much is Amal willing to risk to ensure her own freedom...
  • Lynn Plourde
    Our hope is OUR CHILDREN! They are showing us the way forward to a better world with the #NeverAgain movement and marches. Amal, the main character in AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed, shows the way forward in her Pakistani village--a way forward to freedom from being an indentured servant, a way forward to beat back corruption, a way forward to making education a right for all, including the girls in her village. AMAL UNBOUND is a beautiful book, a p...
  • Czechgirl
    I absolutely loved this book. I can see why it was chosen for the Global Read Aloud for 2018 school year. I have been in the worst reading slump. This book was a fantastic book to get me out of that slump. Amal is so brave. I love the character! This book better get a Newbery nod come 2019.
  • Michelle Glatt
    Reviewing this for SLC, so can't say much, but 4 stars means very well done realistic fiction. For middle grades.
  • Michele Knott
    This is going to be a great book to read with students because the discussions are going to be amazing.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Life holds much promise for 12 year-old Amal. Living in a small Punjabi village in Pakistan, she dreams of going to college with her best friend Hafsa and becoming a teacher. Amal is the eldest of four daughters, and now that her mother is pregnant, everyone is hoping this baby will be the longed-for son. But when the new baby turns out to be another girl, and her mother goes into a deep depression because of it, Amal is taken out of school to he...
  • 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...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Amal only wants to get an education, go to university and learn everything she can, but when she talks back to the son of the local big family, she suddenly finds herself a servant in his household. Despite her father's assurances that he'll raise the money to pay his debts, Amal learns that the debts only keep increasing. It's up to her to free herself, and to make her own path to continued education and freedom.I must admit that I initially req...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 5-8@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Do you have a dream of what you want to be when you grow up? Amal sure did... she wanted to become a teacher. Has something happened to make that dream seem like it will never happen? That is exactly what happened to Amal. Amal lives in Pakistan and she loves going to school. She wants to be just like her te...
  • Hallie
    Amal Unbound is about a girl who loves learning. Amal is a Pakistani girl who has big dreams, college hopes, and plans to make a difference in her small town. She's a reader, a dreamer, and a realistic girl who helps her family when they need her. Amal is needed more than ever after her mother has her fifth baby and Amal has to take a leave of absence from school to help out. Heartbroken Amal goes to the market looking for an outlet and gets into...
  • Emma
    Amal Unbound is the perfect middle grade book. Although the writing style was a bit simplistic for me, I'm sure readers of the proper age range will find it smooth and engaging. And although the book is short, there is still time for character development and plot movement. Amal is the eldest of five daughters, and she loves to learn. Her younger sister is the smartest daughter, but they both like school, and I think young readers will find it en...
  • Laura Gardner
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for AMAL UNBOUND by #AishaSaeed // thanks to @PenguinKids for the ARC; all opinions are my own. This book releases May 8!_*_*_*_*_*Swipe for the back!_*_*_*_*_*What. A. Powerful. Book!!! I’m so excited this has been chosen for the #globalreadaloud for 2018. I can’t wait to read it with my students and get into deep discussions about the value of education, the way that women have been historically oppressed around the world,...
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    I would like to thank Net Gallery for an ARC of this book.Amal is a young Pakistan girl who is curious, loves school and hopes one day to go to college and become a teacher herself. When her mother delivers a baby premature, Amal’s life begins to become unraveled. Being the eldest she is expected by her father to take over the household duties while her mother recovers from the delivery and post-natal depression. Amal also sees first-hand how f...
  • Mary Kay
    This book is an important addition to your bookshelf- here's why:Pakistani FEMALE hero. That alone should warrant space on your shelf. Amal is a Pakistani young girl, who has a life long LOVE of learning. She'd love nothing more than to share this joy as a teacher, but life just seems to get in the way. She's a little harsh and outspoken for the time/place she lives in... and it takes away her dream.I'm excited about this book- I really think it'...
  • Alicia
    With an intricately beautiful front cover and a Pakistani heroine to boot, this will be a popular #ownvoices middle grade. And of course with the amount of middle grade I read I found it a bit too positive of an ending but we all need hope in the world and that's what Amal provided. Plus, reading the author's note provided more context for a heroine modeled after Malala Yousafzai and her quest for education at all costs. While Amal continued to t...
  • Mr. Cochran
    Amal's story is heartrending yet hopeful. While not as horrific as the realities that many young girls have faced in their quest for education, the author is able to convey the reality of indentured servitude without compromising the accessibility to younger readers. Amal Unbound is a fast-paced read for multiple age groups. I enjoyed it as an adult, but it would be appropriate for skilled readers in upper elementary school. The author has given ...
  • Emily
    This was a useful slice-of-life novel for me. Set in a small Pakistani village, Amal (the main character) wants nothing more than to go to school and become a teacher. After the birth of (another) younger sister, however, Amal's mother becomes depressed and Amal is needed at home to take care of the household. Frustrated, but hoping she'll be able to return to school when her mother is better, Amal tries to be patient. Unfortunately, on a trip to...
  • Katie
    4.5 Stars. This was a quick read and an important one at that-it’s essential that we have more diverse books out there and I loved that this one had such a strong female character in it. Something stopped me from giving it 5 Stars though-I think it was just too quickly wrapped up at the end but I truly enjoyed it and will be recommending it to lots of students and teachers. It is part of the Global Read Aloud this Fall and now I can feel really...
  • Amanda
    Can I give this 10 stars?! It’s been a while since I felt compelled to stop and write quotes as I read. This book is extremely quotable because of Saeed’s writing and Amal’s character. She’s such a strong girl (one who reminded me of Malala before I read he afterword) and her ability to see the hope in a hopeless situation was inspiring. This book is necessary. It’s important. Every child needs to be able to see themselves in a book and...