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Amal Unbound
Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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It was on of the most regular stories in the best way Amal Unbound is about a strong caring Gil and her adventure if you like the average books with a little excitement and culture I recommend this book for you!

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Middle-grade about a bright young girl in Pakistan who is attempting to get an education and go to college but due to unpaid debts her life veers off course and she must figure out a way to overcome these circumstances. Good introduction to the obstacles many around the world and particularly girls face in obtaining even a basic education. #booked2019 #diversemiddlegrade

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Great story for middle graders who loved refugee. Good character development and safe ending

Booksnob I love the cover. 3mo
Abby2 Me too 3mo
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Amal helps her mother, and loves attending school in Pakistan. Some day she plans to attend university. On a trip to the market all her plans are suddenly upended when the vicious village landlord is upset by her words after almost running her over. In anger he recalls her family‘s debt and she‘s forced into indentured servitude.

Heartbreaking, powerful, and ultimately hopeful.

#middlegrade
#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Happy Monday! Today's commute reading.

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Summer school reading begins. I now have the time to read all the books off the shelves that students loved this year...

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This was a good middle grade book. It provided a good picture into what life is like for a girl in a Muslim country, but ended with an optimistic sense of agency.

#Booked2019 #DiverseMiddleGrade #PopSugarReadingChallenge #TwoWordTitle #42of65 #audiobook

4thhouseontheleft My daughter and I read this together over winter break, we both really liked it. We went out to a Pakistani restaurant afterwards which is now in our rotation of favorite places to eat! 4mo
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#Libby hold came in today. #CurrentlyListening

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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This middle grades book was an enjoyable, eye-opening read. I wish books like this had existed when I was 11 years old or so. The main character is a smart, strong young Pakistani girl with big dreams. When her dreams are shattered by indentured servitude, she learns of a whole other world and realizes too late that she took her life and family for granted. I definitely recommend this book, it would be good middle school reading material.

TheBookHippie I so loved this book!!! We did a #mgbuddyread with it! 4mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @TheBookHippie aw, I'm sorry i missed that! ...i actually only stumbled upon this book because i needed a middle grade book from 2018 for a challenge prompt... this is exactly why i do challenges 🙂 4mo
TheBookHippie @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime me too!!! #blameitonlitsy Litsy has broadened my reading substantially!!! 4mo
PaperbackPirate That cover! 😍 4mo
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A cute middle grade book

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MandaMT
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I‘ve heard great things about this from other teachers. I can see why. There‘s a lot here to take a closer look at with students- from complex friendships & family structures to broader global issues.

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Definitely a #mustread. A wonderful story about doing what‘s right and finding your voice to speak up for yourself even when hope seems lost.

#middlegradereads #diversebooks #diverseauthors #femaleauthors #recommendsday #blameitonlitsy

#TwinkyToles #Tolesbrats #mybrat #gingerbrat #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #readingbuddy

Weaponxgirl That cover ❤️ 8mo
TheBookAddict @Weaponxgirl yes! It‘s lovely. 💕 8mo
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Cathythoughts Harsh ! ♥️💔but true 8mo
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Cathythoughts ♥️💔 8mo
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tpixie Great quote!
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JaclynW Yes! It is a bigger crime to have it sitting and collecting dust! 8mo
TheBookAddict @JaclynW I agree! 8mo
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mrp27 Oh, thanks! 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 You're welcome 🙂 9mo
JaclynW That was so cool to listen to! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to start following that podcast. It looks pretty amazing! Lots of great authors and books on there. 9mo
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"[Saeed's novel] provides a window into hierarchical structures that exist in societies globally, and serves to tell a story of a girl who questions and acts against the status quo." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/3/ #MiddleGrade

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I think I‘m actually enjoying my long in progress reads as much or more than any of the books I finished in January. All of them were enjoyable, but I don‘t think any will make my favorites for the year.

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

LogiKitty Did you make this graphic yourself?I love it! 9mo
Daisey @LogiKitty Thanks! I used the app Typorama. 9mo
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ErinC
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I read 15 books this month including the tagged! I really loved a lot of them. None were disliked. I chose a lot of short books this month for 24 in 48 and that helped up my total!

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, well done!👍🏽 9mo
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The second book is hard to read, its Columbine. My Favorite book this month was the tagged book.

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JaclynW I love them too! Thanks for all the work you do to make our discussions great! 💙 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Thank you, but it's the participants who make the conversation great 😉 9mo
Readingismyescape This was my first time participating. I was working so I had to catch up when I got home but I really enjoyed it. 9mo
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Lmstraubie @Readingismyescape We were so happy to have you! Hope you join us again 🙂 9mo
Readingismyescape @Lmstraubie I‘m planning on it. I already own the next book. 😊 9mo
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Amal is a strong girl who isn‘t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. This book is a realistic look at a different culture and was eye-opening for me.
I highly recommend this to middle grade readers and librarians.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a wonderful job.

I read this for #LitsyAtoZ Challenge

Amiable Love the cover 9mo
Readingismyescape @Amiable It‘s pretty and meaningful. 😊 9mo
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It was an interesting and eye-opening look into life in a small Pakistani village including indentured servitude, male children still being seen as more desirable and the powerful ruling those with less. I'm glad I read it because I was hesitant to add it to the school collection, but definitely will now. #mgbuddyread

Readingismyescape I enjoyed Amal‘s perseverance and curiosity. Definitely worth adding to a collection. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Readingismyescape I'm a Librarian in a K-4 library so I find middle grade tricky. A lot of books seem geared towards 5th and up. This one is right on target for my 3rd & 4th graders. 9mo
Readingismyescape @Lmstraubie That makes sense. This is a good choice for that age and a glimpse into a different culture. 9mo
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Question 11 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks It was a pick for me! Good choice. I liked that it was based in Pakistan, it's interesting to hear about another country. 9mo
TheBookHippie Loved this I am not going to read it with my Pakistan kiddos I tutor. I can't wait. I loved reading the perspective it helps a great deal. I'm thankful the knowledge was accurate in the book to my experience with the culture. It's a beautiful little book. I hope it's in schools. 9mo
Peddler410 I enjoyed the story because it was a story of modern Pakistan. We need as many stories as possible set during current times around the world. By #ownvoices authors. 9mo
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JaclynW @TheBookHippie That's great to know it's accurate. I always wonder. 9mo
JaclynW I really loved this book. I loved the love and references to books, teachers and teaching. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @amie I'm grateful I read it for the story itself and because I was hesitant to add it to my school collection, not knowing the extent of the story, but it's a perfect fit. 9mo
Readingismyescape I enjoyed the book and the perspective. I listened to the audio and thought it was very well done. 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie This is a great fit for a school library. This would be a great book to read as a class too. It would lead to a great discussion. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Readingismyescape I love audio books! I may have to try this one out. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Definitely! 9mo
mrp27 I think it's a great book for kids to learn about other cultures and especially for girls to continue to dream and peruse their dreams. 9mo
Smangela @Lmstraubie I‘m not sure how you pick/find the choices for MG buddy read but you have found some really exciting diverse reads and I‘m so grateful! Thank you! 9mo
Lmstraubie @Smangela Awww...thank you. I am a teacher librarian so it helps that middle grade fiction is a part of my world 😁 9mo
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Question 10 #mgbuddyread

Amie Probably not easily. You can't even go back to the way things were. But her family was loving and she'll probably be ok. 9mo
TheBookHippie I don't think so - but I hope! 9mo
JaclynW I hope so! I want to believe it. 9mo
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Peddler410 I don‘t think it‘s easy — we see a glimpse when she goes home for the wedding. I believe she is so much stronger than when she left and she will be just fine. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @amie I definitely think she has to find her way back in - into her family, her school, her community, her friends, but in the end I believe she does. 9mo
Readingismyescape I don‘t think it would be easy but I believe she will succeed. Like @Peddler410 said, she is so much stronger than she was before. 9mo
JaclynW @Readingismyescape @Peddler410 Amal was always so strong, strong-willed. This experience made her even stronger. 9mo
mrp27 I don't think she easily transitions because she's seeing so much and she will not go back to her old ways so to speak. I think she'll be more vocal and active in bringing real change to her village and family that won't be so easy. 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 That's a really good point. I didn't think of it from the perspective of the change she could bring. 9mo
Smangela One of the things I loved about this novel was that the author didn‘t sugar coat all of Amal‘s challenges. When she came home, she felt like an outsider. That has to be realistic and extremely difficult. They‘ve gotten used to her being away (they had to, to cope with it) and now they will all have to get used to being together but they can do that together ❤️ 9mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks I'm not sure about that, I do think she has some responsibility. You always have a choice. I'm sure she felt like she couldn't say anyting. I think she's just as much of a prisoner as the servants. 9mo
Amie @sblbooks I agree that she is also a prisoner. She is one of several characters in this story who had only bad options from which to choose. 9mo
TheBookHippie I think she didn't know she had a choice. 9mo
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JaclynW @TheBookHippie Interesting idea. 9mo
JaclynW @sblbooks @amie @TheBookHippie She was a prisoner I believe. She was probably as frightened as the villagers. Remember she stopped visiting her relatives because her husband didn't like the idea. She probably lacked the courage to speak up. That's a common reason people play along. Think of the Holocaust. 9mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I've been in the world of Pakistan culture now for 3 years I am highly respected because of my age, so the men ask me what the woman's rights are. They have the heart and desire to give them everything but have no clue how or what that is. Then it needs to match their faith. It always strikes me that a group of 15 feminist women are in charge of 4 refugee families who are use to an all male world. They are so gracious and kind to us too. 9mo
Peddler410 She was a “prisoner of circumstance.” Given the culture, she felt she had to do what she did. Taken Amal as her servant, I think, was her way of trying to connect back with her family. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @sblbooks @amie I agree with @Peddler410 I don't think she had any choice in the matter of marriage and she lost her family. She appeared to treat the staff the better than the rest of her family. 9mo
Daisey @Peddler410 I felt much the same about her situation. I felt she purposefully chose Amal to work closely for her because of that village connection. 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie What a great opportunity and experience this is for all involved! You are all learning from each other! ❤ We need more of this! That's great that they have such a desire to incorporate women's rights and interesting how they try to match it to their faith. Do they ever come up against a wall? Or can they make it mesh? 9mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 I thought this too. You could tell she really longed for and missed her family. 9mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW they do pretty well. I think it helps that I am modest, I have very long hair, don't wear much make up. I'm in long skirts or palazzo pants or dresses so it's easier, the other women are similar. In actuality hippie intrigues them. Our foods are not processed neither is theirs . They are always willing to learn and consider. They cover their heads yet their new fashion is a lot of fun they've discovered leggings under skirts. It's progres 9mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW part 2 as for anything else they ask what is permissible for women and safe what is respectable etc. remember they've never seen women uncovered so it'd be like us going to a nude beach trying to adapt. They've never seen women with short hair. It's just all new. They ask thoughtful questions about our families and mates. Being in the interior of these families the women have quite a bit more power than I thought. It's been amazing to see 9mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I think they'll end up with a good mesh of faith and American and Muslim . 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I think that's great! I would imagine it's a culture shock! A lot can be learned from their willingness to listen and learn. 9mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW they forever tell me Peace Hippie is Peace Jesus is Peace Muhammad is Peace ...people forgot. It's simple Miss Christine we will teach them Peace. Makes my cry every time . 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie And by that, I'm referring to all parties involved. I think people are often too quick to jump in, debate and/ or push their own beliefs. Often true listening and understanding isn't going on. The goal isn't to learn about each other, but to change someone's belief/behavior. I think really listening to someone and learning about them can broaden perspectives and also make for a kinder world. 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie A world where we value differences and use them in positive ways. 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie 😢😭😢😭😢😭❤❤❤ 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie The work you do is so important! Thank you! 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @JaclynW Woke up to this thoughtful conversation. So well said! 9mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie ❤️📖these #mgbuddyreads have brought lovely conversations ❤️📖 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Thank you for providing great books that lead to such meaningful discussions and for providing a safe place to talk. ❤ 9mo
mrp27 Yes and no. She too is a victim and I agree that she probably didn't have much choice but she can choose to still do good in her circumstance. She showed kindness to Amal. 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie The conversations are always so thoughtful and meaningful. I learn a lot from our discussions. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Thank you for participating and providing such insight. 9mo
Smangela @TheBookHippie I‘m so grateful to have learned about your experience! Is this your career? 9mo
Smangela I‘m reading this in America where while things are not perfect, they also are not the same as in Pakistan. The person who has always stuck up for the underdog in me is rankled a little bit, like “just do the right thing!” BUT that‘s not realistic. Nasreen Baji has a reality that is so unlike my own, I can‘t judge her decisions and how she has tried to survive. 9mo
TheBookHippie @Smangela I'm a full time volunteer ❤️this is part of that . So the answer is yes. It's my career I just don't get paid 😂❤️ 9mo
Smangela @TheBookHippie amazing! Where is it that you volunteer at - my husband and I have had a goal to volunteer more since we‘ve moved to Oh and we really haven‘t. But I‘d like to make it second nature to my son. Any suggestions? 9mo
Smangela @TheBookHippie thank you!! 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @Smangela You are both quite inspiring 💗💗 9mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

Amie Possibly a source of hope, so that her situation wasn't completely terrible. Also to add complexity and nuance to the story. 9mo
TheBookHippie To show us we can give hope to someone. 9mo
JaclynW @amie @TheBookHippie That's what I thought too. I liked how she was also a village girl with the same background. They could find commonalities even though now circumstances were so different. That is an important part I thought. It is good to be able to relate to those who are different than us. Good lesson we can use nowadays. We have many similarities even though we have differences. 9mo
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Peddler410 I agree with the others. 9mo
Readingismyescape I agree too. But also to give Amal a glimpse of what could happen if she gives up her own opinions/ideals/background for a man/marriage. The fact that Nasreen was unable to visit her own family. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Readingismyescape I was glad she was going to visit her family at the end of the story. 9mo
mrp27 I agree with everyone. To give hope and light to Amal 9mo
Smangela I thought it was a great example of the complexity of humans. Even good people can do some bad things (like ignoring the horrendous acts of her husband and sons). And the same can be said in reverse for her son. He had moments of not being evil - which is a confusing thing for children to understand. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Smangela Such a good point. It's difficult to pinpoint someone as this or that. We humans are a complex breed! 9mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Yes, if she hadn't said anything she would still be there servant. "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing." 9mo
Amie Yes. She couldn't sacrifice her own life and dreams so that others could be comfortable or not have to change. Hopefully the other servants' lives were better in the long run in spite of the fear and uncertainty they experienced at first. 9mo
JaclynW @sblbooks Great quote! 9mo
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JaclynW @sblbooks @amie Agreed. Even there was hardships caused by her decision to the household staff, it was the right thing to do in the big picture. In the long run, more people were saved/helped/benefited. That was such a hard decision for such a young girl! The weight of that! Ugh! Can you imagine? 9mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I so agree! 9mo
TheBookHippie She absolutely did the right thing. Bravery. 9mo
sblbooks @JaclynW I can't imagine, especially not at that age. 9mo
Peddler410 I liked the way this played out. Amal was not only thinking of herself when she made her decision—it was a huge risk but not all Amal‘s risk. She was working with two others. I did appreciate the story showing how that result affected the paid servants — those choosing to be there. 9mo
Readingismyescape It was a huge decision and some much pressure. I like how the author didn‘t shy away from the consequences 9mo
Daisey @JaclynW Very well said! 9mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 @Readingismyescape Yes, I liked that the author showed the whole picture of the consequences. It is very realistic. Not all decisions have positive consequences all around. 9mo
JaclynW @Daisey Thanks! 9mo
mrp27 Yes! Real change has real consequences. 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 It really does. 9mo
Smangela @JaclynW I was definitely struck by the weight of that decision - I wonder how it affected Amal in the long run. Or even how discovering she was living in the house of a murderer? I feel like that would be so unsettling and something hard to handle. 9mo
JaclynW @Smangela I can't imagine living with that knowledge. It would be terrifying. And to try to go about life as usual to not arise suspicion....😬 I think she had a very strong desire to do what is right. Plus motivation to hopefully go back to her family. She obviously didn't realize the harm her decision would make to the rest of the staff. But as time went on, she realized it worked out for the best. 9mo
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Peddler410 Yes! She helped the younger girl learn to read. 9mo
sblbooks Yes, she taught a young servant girl how to read. 9mo
Amie Yes, she was a natural at teaching and found opportunities to teach others. 9mo
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JaclynW Most definitely! She found several opportunities to teach, influence and encourage. As any true teacher would! 9mo
TheBookHippie Yes she was teaching in all she did!!! 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @amie Not only did she teach Fatima, but she began ling before that with her little sisters. 9mo
Readingismyescape Agreed. Amal was always teaching. It‘s part of who she is. 9mo
Daisey I agree with the previous comments, and I also think this love of learning and sharing that learning was one of my favorite aspects of the story. 9mo
JaclynW @Daisey Mine too! 9mo
mrp27 Absolutely and in many ways! To her sisters, to Fatima and to the other servants. 9mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 She‘s depressed — post-partum depression. Whether directly associated to not having a boy or not, she was depressed. I went through it, though not to this extent. 9mo
sblbooks agree with @Peddler410 9mo
Amie Like @Peddler410 said - post partum depression. Which was not helped by being left untreated (medical treatment possibly wasn't available) and the culture's valuing boys over girls. 9mo
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JaclynW Postpartum depression is still taboo and not always diagnosed or treated well - even in the US. So I'm sure in Pakistan the same is true, possibly even worse. 9mo
TheBookHippie I agree with everyone in this . In their culture midwives and doctoring prenatal care is new and sometimes not allowed. I'm our community we have a Pakistani physician assistant whose parents came as refugees she tries to get information on all of this to them reading this I thought of her plight. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @amie I agree that she had postpartum depression, but I couldn't help thinking, "Would she still be suffering if she had a boy?" I know that's terrible, but I still wonder. 9mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie no she wouldn't. I had the opposite I didn't want a boy because to my husbands family that meant you were a real woman and men are the end all be all. Thankfully my son has so many of my hippie qualities and is not like them, but I did in the moment feel so much angst so I can only imagine how she felt. 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie I didn't think so either and I loved how Amal was angered by it to a degree. Not necessarily with her mother directly, but with societies focus on makes. 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie *males not makes 🙄 9mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie exactly.. I call that righteous anger! So pathetic. 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie I was happy to see that the "having a girl=bad" thing bothered Amal. She may be that girl with modern thinking that will help to influence others. That's how change is made. 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I don't think she would have been depressed had her baby been a boy. Unfortunately. There would have been celebrations and Pat's on the back - like she had any control, ha! 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Exactly! 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I just noticed my phone auto corrected pats to Pat's. Ha! 9mo
mrp27 I think it's mostly postpartum but also the fact that it's not a boy and possibly that she was disappointing her husband. 9mo
Smangela PPD, yes, but we are also only getting Amal‘s perspective. Since she‘s growing up she‘s certainly becoming more perceptive and adults aren‘t always mindful of what they say around children. So perhaps Amal interpreted that her parents were more upset than they were, influenced by the way she has increasingly noticed men are valued more than women. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Smangela So true. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of the mother or father as well. 9mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks A love of books and the importance of Education. 9mo
TheBookHippie I keep meaning to bring it to my Pakistan kiddos I want their opinion but yes education books ! The girls do henna to their hands a lot and tell me a story about them. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks I also see the thread of servitude reflected in the vines binding her arms. 9mo
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JaclynW @TheBookHippie @sblbooks @peddler410 @Lmstraubie I noticed the same things you did. I also noticed the rose - signifying her home maybe, her mothers roses. Home was important to her. Amal's family meant everything to her and even more so after her servitude. The bird in flight may signify her courage or her education. I also think the opening of her hands show her willingness to be open or maybe her desire to be free. I LOVE this cover!! 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I would love to hear what your students think! 9mo
mrp27 It's a beautiful cover but those painful vines make me think of the religious, gender and political bondage a lot of girls/women face in the past and present. 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 It's so conflicting because the cover really is beautiful and grabs your attention. I don't think I noticed the vines outright, but they are definitely a strong image. 9mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie I see people being desensitised and turning a blind eye. This is how Holocaust happen however change doesn't happen without us speaking out and doing it consistently and constantly. People who are silent in my opinion have chosen the hate. It is happening more and more. Privilege is ridiculous. Our countries climate is deplorable currently. 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Agreed! AGREED! AGREED! Silence = agreement. Change can ALWAYS happen. It usually starts with one, or few. I'm sickened by our current climate but I have hope for change. If people get overwhelmed or truly believe things can't change, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day and that message is so strong. Saying nothing is as dangerous as speaking hatefully. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. I think we just have to pick the thing most important to us at the time and focus on that. Not perfect, but something. 9mo
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TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie we lit our candles today so it's fresh on my mind. Silence equals death. 9mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie It's so true. We have to remember we have a voice and to use it. 9mo
Readingismyescape Agreed. Staying silent is the same as agreeing it is ok. 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Agreed! Do something! Even if it's small. 9mo
mrp27 Agreed. Silence s complicity. 9mo
Smangela I agree with what everyone else has said. I also think it‘s important to do good things. I‘m trying to make more of an effort to do good deeds and acts of kindness this year ❤️ 9mo
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TheBookHippie Yes. It's overt and depending where you live, your religion, your culture it can be oppressive. I think it is more than we even believe or want to believe. 😭😭😭 9mo
sblbooks Yes in the US and in my own family. Sad but ture. 9mo
Peddler410 I asked my daughter (9) about this question. At first, she said yes but when I asked her to explain she wanted to know what I meant. I asked, to you think boys are given more opportunities in school, clubs, sports? She said no .... but they used to before she was born. 9mo
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JaclynW @TheBookHippie Agreed!! I have two girls and a boy. I don't value one over the other. We are an equal opportunity household. Other households around us aren't- mostly due to religious beliefs. Although they claim to be equal but behaviors prove otherwise. 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks We've come such a long way, but it still feels like we have a long way to go. There is still an issue for equal pay for equal work. Many people in high standing places still think it's okay to degrade women. The #metoo movement has been huge in shedding light on this. I'm a m ok m of 2 boys & I'm trying so hard to raise them to treat everyone with the same respect. 9mo
Readingismyescape I‘d like to believe boys are not valued more than girls, but I‘d be wrong. We have come a long way, and in many ways things are closer to being equal. But I agree with @TheBookHippie and @JaclynW that religion shows a definite preference for boys. 9mo
Readingismyescape @Peddler410 I love that your daughter said it happened before she was born. 😊 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I'm glad of the recent movements. I hope it's bringing things to light. I hope serious change occurs. We talk often with our kids about current events to hear their perspectives and to bring awareness. We recently took them to see On the Basis of Sex (about Ruth Bader Ginsburg), the entire movie is about her struggle with this issue and her fight for rights and equal treatment. It sparked an excellent discussion. I highly recommend. 9mo
mrp27 Yes. But like TheBookHippie said its more overt. I grew up in a Catholic household in the 80's/90's where my brother was treated differently than I. We are only 13 months part but he had more freedom and there were different expectations and opportunities for him. This treatment lasted through adulthood. I like to think things are better now and will continue to get better 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 That must have been incredibly frustrating! 9mo
mrp27 It was frustrating and it doesn't make it right but that was the culture my parents were raised in so they raised their kids in it. 9mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Of course, it was almost the standard at the time. Sometimes it feels like we've come so far and other times it feels like we still have so far to go. 9mo
Smangela I‘m the mom to a 2 year old boy. And I am constantly aware that I want to raise him to respect everyone, be aware of his privilege and use it to help others. I am one of two girls and my parents always raised me to believe that I can do anything a male can, they‘ve never made me feel men are more important - it may have been different had they had any sins 🤷🏻‍♀️ but even still I hate some of the comments I hear as a mom of a toddler. “He‘s all 9mo
Smangela Boy!” Or “boys will be boys” puts me on edge because my boy will be held responsible for the choices and actions he makes. 9mo
mrp27 So very true! @Smangela I agree! 9mo
Lmstraubie @Smangela I feel the same way as a mom of two boys (almost men). I tried to raise them to treat everyone with respect. 9mo
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie Yes however only because I'm with Pakistani people all day every Wednesday and before that a big chunk of my week. Also our very good friends live in Kyrgyzstan. So my reference is different than norm. 9mo
sblbooks In some ways it did, such as the use of computers. In other ways it seemed like Fifty or a hundred years ago, a very different culture that what were used to in the US. 9mo
Peddler410 Yes, it did. 9mo
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JaclynW Yes, I thought if felt in recent times. It made reference to computers and cell phones. The having servants and a neighborhood lord is foriegn to me and does seem like these things shouldn't happen any more. But. Obviously, it does. @TheBookHippie @sblbooks @Peddler410 9mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @sblbooks I have to say if you took out the references to cell phones and computers I would have thought this story was taking place 60-70 years ago. It's frightening to think things are still like this. 9mo
Readingismyescape @Lmstraubie I agree that without the current tech, it seemed far removed from contemporary life. 9mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie It is frightening. That's exactly what I thought. 9mo
mrp27 Yes it felt very current because of our political climate since 9/11. 9mo
Smangela If I had read this a few years ago, I would have thought it was written in the past, but I‘ve been making an effort to diversify and learn more about other cultures. I was sad that it was present day more than shocked? Sad about the indentured servitude to clarify. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Smangela Yes and also sad about the role of women. 9mo
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#mgbuddyread TODAY!! Questions will be posted around 4:00. Join in when you can! Just search the hashtag 🙂

GypsyKat Great cover! 9mo
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Really enjoying this month's #mgbuddyread Remember! Our discussion is this Sunday 🙂

TheBookHippie It's soooo goooood 10mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie It really is 10mo
Mdargusch I did not get to this book this month. Darn. 9mo
Lmstraubie @Mdargusch We'll miss you! Hope you can join us next month! 9mo
Mdargusch What is the book next month? 9mo
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We had a snow day yesterday and a call for a late start this morning, so I might have stayed up too late last night to finish this wonderful story. Yes, everything works out just a little too easily, but it will give younger readers an introduction to these kinds of realities around the world. I loved the message of the importance of education and the power of working together.

#MGBuddyRead #middlegrade

Daisey Also, thanks to @Smangela for her post yesterday morning which gave me the motivation to see if I could get a copy of the book from the library before the discussion this weekend. 10mo
Smangela @Daisey my favorite thing about the #mgbuddyread is that I can get it done so fast so it‘s okay if I put it off 😂😂 10mo
Daisey @Smangela I know exactly what you mean! I didn‘t think I was going to get to this one, but all it took was a little extra time on one day. 10mo
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I love this! When Amal cannot go to school her teacher and sister work together to try and help her stay caught up with the class.

The message of the importance of education in this story is wonderful, but the need to show this lack of and disregard for educational opportunity makes me sad.

#MGBuddyRead #TeachersofLitsy

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Goooood morning! I‘m making a cup of coffee from my BookWorm coffee blend that was a gift from my book club book swap. This cup I‘ve had since my freshman year of college. One of my first college friends gave it to me for Christmas and I‘ll never forget how much that small gesture meant to me. Also, some things never change and I‘m still never on time 🤷🏻‍♀️ hoping I get to enjoy this coffee hot while I work on my #mgbuddyread Amal Unbound ❤️

Liatrek Love this coffee cup ❤️ 10mo
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Great story, though I found it slow to get into. Really took off once Amal ends up at the Khan estate.

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TheBookKeepers I love this cover art! Also on my TBR 10mo
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