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Author: Winter, Jeanette
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Year Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781481422949
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 6

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

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In this double book, we meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who have stood up for the rights of children to freedom and education. Each child has been the victim of terrible violence and both have been an inspiration to children throughout the world. There are novel-length accounts of the stories of both of these children. Their stories differ, however, in that Malala survived the attack on her life whereas Iqbal did not. He was murdered when he was 12 years old. There is a short book about him from 2001 entitled Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo. It tells also of how Iqbal is chained to a loom in a carpet factory, making carpets that sell for huge amounts of money and earning very little for himself. Iqbal came to be a slave at age 4 because his parents took out a $12 loan which Iqbal had to work to repay at the rate of $.20 per day. After gaining his freedom, Iqbal rebels against the system and works to end the abuse. A great book to start discussion in your classroom about child workers and slavery. This is the story that inspired Craig Kielberger. Particularly useful in Grade 3 Social Studies where students are to try to help someone in need.

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