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
ISBN9780399544682
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherNancy Paulsen Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Amal Unbound

  • Lola
    2018-04-21
    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...
  • Rincey
    2018-05-26
    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: https://youtu.be/ymb11Zcb248?t=12m19s
  • may ❀
    2018-07-23
    this book was so inspirational 😭😭😭
  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    2018-09-07
    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
    2018-06-04
    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)
    2018-04-06
    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
    2018-05-01
    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.
  • Connor
    2018-06-26
    My Video Review:https://youtu.be/xY1hiaii4Po
  • Lata
    2018-06-08
    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...
  • Chelsea
    2018-05-17
    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...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    2018-02-28
    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.
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    2018-05-13
    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...
  • Rajiv
    2018-06-05
    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...
  • ilsa ➹
    2018-07-25
    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...
  • Pauline
    2018-04-03
    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...
  • Julie Kirchner
    2017-12-31
    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❇
    2018-03-18
    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
    2018-03-15
    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
    2018-06-01
    Superb!!! The first book that I read in one sitting in MONTHS!!!
  • Michelle Stimpson
    2018-06-07
    "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...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    2018-05-29
    Beautiful, important, and empowering.
  • Dana
    2018-06-05
    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
    2018-03-20
    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...
  • Lynn Plourde
    2018-04-06
    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...
  • Miss Nuding C8B
    2018-07-10
    This book surpassed its high expectations! Amal is such a fierce protagonist and one that will inspire all. I can't wait to use this as a class read aloud in middle school!
  • Kristen Picone
    2018-01-01
    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...
  • Michelle Glatt
    2018-03-05
    Reviewing this for SLC, so can't say much, but 4 stars means very well done realistic fiction. For middle grades.
  • Lila
    2018-10-13
    "12 year old amalz dream becoming of teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insult the wrong member of her Pakistani Villages ruling family. As punishment for her behavior she is forced to leave her heart broken family and go work at their estate. Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. so she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules as Life as a servant. With all of it attendant jealousies and ...