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Iqbal
     

Iqbal

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by Francesco D'Adamo, Ann Leonori (Translator)
 

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"You see, for Iqbal I was not invisible. I existed, and he made me free."
For Fatima and the other unseen children of Hussain Khan's carpet factory, Iqbal Masih's arrival is the end of hope and its beginning. It is Iqbal who tells them that their family's debt will never be cancelled, no matter how many inches of progress they make in their rugs, no matter how

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Iqbal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
"...Every day in Pakistan seven million children get up in the dark before dawn. They work all day..." Iqbal is about a little boy who works at a carpet factory. The story is told from the perspective of a little girl named Fatima who has been working in the factory for as long as she remembers. If the children mess up they have to sit in a tomb with no food and water. This story is about child labor. It taught me many things, mostly how horrible child labor is, how it only takes one little girl or little boy to change something, how important working together is, and how quickly people can give up. I never thought that in other places people work children sometimes harder than adults. It inspired me to help these people but, mostly to be thankful for the life that I do have. I couldn't imagine working in labor like that for every day of my life. I loved all the charters in this book. Maria was my favorite though because she is such a tiny girl but yet she made a huge influence in the safety of the children. Everyone has an excuse for not doing something but, everyone can do there part in something. I thought the most interesting character was Karim. He was basically put in charge of the group of workers. I was always waiting and very surprised to see his reaction to things that came up. Weather he would take the masters side or the kid's side. There was pressure on him either way he went. The master would get him in trouble or blame everything on him or he would disappoint the children. There wasn't any part that I didn't enjoy in the book. This book grossed me out because the children were put through just horrible situations for example when they went in the tomb. They would come back falling over because they were so hungry or the sunlight blinded them. Something that really made me sad is that Iqbal told the children that they would probably never be freed. I'm not sure why or how that happens but the master gets the kids hope up every day. I would defiantly recommend this book for anyone. It is easy reading and very interesting. I couldn't put the book down. Although, the end was a little confusing for me. I really wish there was a second book. I want to see what happens!
codecracker13 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this is based on a true story. Makes you think how lucky you are to be free from bonded labor. Read the book, it will change your perspective.
TammyR More than 1 year ago
What a sad but couragous short story. Iqbal's bravery is outstanding. There are very few people like him. A very inspirational story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very touching book and teaches a lot about child labor. I recomend it to young adults or children who are interested in the subject. It is sad that iqbal died but we all believe what iqbal did was mostly right.
Roberto Echevarria More than 1 year ago
In Packistan where they live the is bonded child labor fatima works at a carpet factory when iqbal comes he changes there lives forever he escapes to go get help and fatima and iqbal have a strong friendship then i misfortune happens and then maria writes to fatima ro tell her but there is an iqbal everywhere she learns. This is the kind of book when u get into u want to still read it. There are sad and happy parts and the ending is the best. Enjoy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading at shcool for a project
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So sad you will not cry.
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booky24 More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to read because of the images and the ending but it is absolutly outstanding.
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