Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Beneath My Mother's Feet by Amjed Qamar - ADVISABLE

Qamar, Amjed Beneath My Mother's Feet, 198 p. Atheneum (Simon), 2008.


Nazia loves her schooling and is looking forward to a better life than her parents and not the life of a girl married young and at her mother-in-law's mercy. Then her father is injured, her oldest brother disappears (after stealing Nazia's dowry) and Amma will do what she must to keep the family alive. Even if that means taking Nazia out of school to help her clean the houses of the rich in their Pakistani city. As their financial straits worsen, Nazia loses hope - hope in her father, hope in her brother and hope in her own future. She will have to be bold and direct in order to get what she wants so desperately for her life.

There have been many beautiful books written about life on the edge in East Asian countries and this one is not a disappointment. Try showing this one to a Geography teacher as a read aloud or part of a World Literature list.

Cindy - Library-Teacher

1 comment:

Anastácio Soberbo said...

Hello, I like this blog.
Sorry not write more, but my English is not good.
A hug from Portugal