Iqbal

Iqbal

A Novel

Book - 2003
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A fictionalized account of the Pakistani child who escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and went on to help liberate other children like him before being gunned down at the age of thirteen.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2003.
ISBN: 9780689854453
0689854455
Characteristics: 120 p. ;,22 cm.

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violet_camel_173
Dec 30, 2016

It was really good, but it was very sad.

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rojon
Aug 18, 2016

I loved this book because of all the emotion it had. In some parts it was really sad though. It was very exciting to see how they would escape! This book also teaches a lot about child labor in a fantastic story. I recommend this book to everyone!

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melteh
Jul 12, 2016

I love the story of Iqbal because the problem that's in the book is very relatable and the problem does not take long to find out

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Sueseh
Mar 11, 2015

This is an wonderful fictionalized account of the life of 12-year old Iqbal Masih, who was sold into slavery at the age of 4 and later escaped and began to advocate for children's rights in Pakistan.
Iqbal is the boy whose story inspired Marc Kielburger when he was just a child and led to him founding the Free the Children Organisation and later the We Day initiative.
The book is true to Iqbal's life (so the ending is sad) but the portrait of the life of a child slave labourer in a carpet factory is compelling and fascinating. The subject matter and literary language make this book better for grade 5-6 children rather than younger student.

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jvanderg
Aug 24, 2012

Concise but without missing anything. This novel is perfect for children or adults, and does an excellent job bringing the reader into the life of Iqbal. Must read!!

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hot_dog_stand
Jan 20, 2012

It is quite exciting that Iqubal saves other workers even though he is not an adult. I will say that this book is really good.

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RieRie
May 01, 2011

I loved this book. my class did it for a novel study and everyone was
inspired. the worst part is that it is
a true story. :(

OMG! This story is the best book ever. It has happy, sad and HOPe! It was the most beautiful book I have ever read.

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Bells
Aug 05, 2010

An excellent short novel about children involved in the carpet trade in Pakistan. Very satisfying.

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LINDSAYC
Jul 15, 2010

Iqbal is a story of truth, sacrafice (in a way) and secrets (in a way). It follows a girl who was sent to work in a carpet factory to pay off her family debts. Iqbal is traded by his old master to come to work in the carpet factory that the girl works at. Throughout the story they end up in a place many of the children could never imagine ending up. :) Overall, a good book! My teacher used it for our inferencing unit in english. Very good book!

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Iqbal is sold by his parents to a carpet factory where he is chained to a loom for most of the day, let off only to sleep in a dark shed with other child workers. Eventually he revolts and tries to attract attention to the plight of child carpet weavers. Based on a real boy who advocated for reform of child labor practices and who was later run down by a car.

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