Subtitle: A Novel
By: Aisha Saeed
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Text Publishing
Published: 28 May 2018
ISBN: 9781925773026


Twelve-year-old Amal loves learning and dreams of becoming a teacher.

Then something unimaginable happens - after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, she is forced to work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.

At the opulent and corrupt Khan estate, Amal realises she will have to find a way to work with others in order to bring about change, and to achieve her dreams.

Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, Amal Unbound is a heartwarming story for brave girls everywhere.


Amal lives a quiet life with her family in a small village in Pakistan. She goes to school everyday and helps her Mum with her younger sisters.

When her Mum becomes housebound after the birth of her youngest baby this means Amal, as the eldest daughter, must stop going to school until her Mum is well again.

When on a shopping trip one day, Amal has a run in with the village landlord, and she knows her family is in trouble. In return for her ‘disrespectful behaviour’ she must go and work at his villa as a servant to pay her families’ debts. With her dream of becoming a teacher dashed, how will she cope in such a strange household on her own?

This is the story of one young girls dreams and how quickly life can change. It’s a wonderful book about resilience, courage and changing the world, one small deed at a time.

Most of all, it is a story of hope and inspiration to girls everywhere.

It will best suit upper primary girls.

Reviewed by Michelle

Teacher Notes prepared by the publisher are available on our website for this title.

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